General Motors on Tuesday announced that its 2013 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco sedan will start under $26,000. The price includes a $760 destination charge.
Chevrolet won’t say yet what the prices will be on the gas-only 2013 models, but some will be priced lower than the Malibu Eco eAssist.
Arriving at dealers in the first quarter next year, the $25,995 — 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco will be the first Chevrolet to feature eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, a system that uses a set of lithium ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality.
Its price undercuts competitive hybrids or diesels, which tend to get better fuel economy than the Malibu Eco’s expected 26 m.p.g. in the city and 38 m.p.g. on the highway.
Malibu Eco’s highway efficiency is comparable the segment’s popular full hybrids and diesels, but delivered at a lower price:
2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 36 mpg
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 40 mpg
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 39 mpg
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 40 mpg
However, research and shopping site Edmunds.com note that the combined city/highway rating falls below that of other alternative-propulsion models in the same price range.