Chevrolet announced pricing for its 2016 Malibu Hybrid -- $29,520, including an $875 destination charge. With the base model available for less than $30K, the new Malibu costs less than the Volt -- even though it uses a lot of modified Volt hardware.
The powertrain from the Volt is adapted to the Malibu chassis – the electric motors and drive unit are massaged into submission in the new body. However, the internal-combustion side of things is left to a slightly larger 1.8-liter I4, over the Volt's 1.5-liter. The new hybrid Chevy boasts solid numbers for a midsize sedan: 45 mpg highway, 48 mpg city and a combined fuel efficiency of 47 mpg. Range on battery alone is 55 miles.
The combined effort of the gas engine and electric motors net 182 hp -- not quite in the realm of hybrid supercars, but a significant leap over the smaller Volt.