The electric and SUV revolution claims another victim.
If you had forgotten the Chevrolet Malibu comes in hybrid form, you aren't alone. The end of the Malibu is the end of Chevy's hybrid vehicles as the brand fully commits to electric vehicles moving forward. It uses components from the Volt model, which is also now discontinued. The news comes via Green Car Reports who confirmed the end of the Malibu Hybrid's demise with a Chevy representative. The Malibu Hybrid was competitive despite its aging platform using a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery. It had an estimated 46-mpg combined rating from the EPA and could run on just the battery up to 55 mph.
Sales would have helped the Malibu Hybrid's business case for another year or two of production, but with electric cars eating into hybrid sales along with the sedan market being shrunk by the continued growth of crossovers and SUVs, the writing was already on the wall. On top of that, GM's President Mark Reuss has spoken before about moving away from hybrid drivetrains in favor of going all-electric, pointing out that it doesn't make sense to include features into a car that customers don't use, like the gas-powered engine. GM has also made its intentions clear to have 20 new electric cars available by 2023 and recently announced that it will be producing another electric car at the Orion production plant in Michigan.
The Malibu Hybrid starts at $28,220 in basic form, and anyone that can still find one on a dealer lot could be in for a solid deal. The Malibu was touted as a rival to the Camry and Accord when it arrived in this guise in 2016. While it may not be quite up to that standard, it's easily one of GM's best sedans not to come in rear-wheel-drive form.