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Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#461 of 470 MPGs still increasing at 15000 miles
Apr 23, 2012 (5:19 pm)
Driving style accounts for up to 30% of mileage.
#462 of 470 Re: MPGs still increasing at 15000 miles [dave8697]
Apr 23, 2012 (6:11 pm)
Agreed. But the Malibu was the first GM product I've owned where I couldn't get close to the advertised mileage. On all the trucks I've owned and on my Corvette, I routinely got the mileage advertised on the Monroney - even with my somewhat aggressive driving style.
My Cadillac CTS4 with the 3.6L V6 and 6A has only 1200 miles on the odometer and, with the exception of a road trip by my wife, it's getting about what I expected. I should be there once it breaks in.
Now, granted, the Malibu is no CTS, but I wonder if I wouldn't have done about as well with the V6 or with a different GM product.
#463 of 470 Re: MPGs still increasing at 15000 miles [phil53]
May 03, 2012 (6:32 pm)
last 3 tanks by top off method were 33.8, 32.5, 32.6.
Range per DIC after fill for last 3 fills: 559, 569, 549
EPA combined rating: 26
There are 5 mile stretches on the interstate at 38 or higher most trips into Indy.
Nice to go past 400 miles on a tank and it reads just under a 1/4 and the range is still 130. With plenty of city driving included.
#464 of 470 range still increasing
Jun 03, 2012 (9:19 am)
hit 632 today. 16 gal tank
#465 of 470 718.6 miles converted to diesel prices
Jun 04, 2012 (4:48 pm)
the diesel vw probably has a bigger tank than 16g. 3.9/3.43
#466 of 470 Re: MPGs still increasing at 15000 miles [dave8697]
Jun 17, 2012 (12:25 pm)
I estimate that the highest rated gas powered car sold in the US that gets 42 mpg hwy is only getting 12% higher mpgs than my Malibu. My 4 vehicles get 17, 21.5, 22, and 35 on my work commute. How someone could be getting close to the 22 of the Astro (the Astro tops the Riv and the 4x4) with a 2.4L Malibu is puzzling to me. Maybe 6th gear not kicking in plus bad wheel alignment, a clogged air filter, and 15 psi in the tires?
#467 of 470 Re: MPGs still increasing at 15000 miles [dave8697]
Jun 17, 2012 (6:06 pm)
How someone could be getting close to the 22 .. with a 2.4L Malibu. Maybe 6th gear not kicking in plus bad wheel alignment, a clogged air filter, and 15 psi... ?
I am getting under 22 MPG with my four-month-old 2012 LS. Consistently. No complains: my average speed between the fillups is about 25 MPH. A very short commute and an incredible number of traffic lights. Last weekend made a 40-mile's trip on a higway: 34 MPG per DIC, which, I know, is amazingly accurate. So, I am not unhappy with the fuel economy of this car, even though "around 22" is what I usually see on my MPG display.
#468 of 470 i got educated
Sep 08, 2012 (7:31 am)
I reset the avg mpg readout from my DIC and let my wife drive the same trip I typically take. She got 24 mpg where I get 36 mpg. I di it again after mentioning we were getting 12 mpg different on same loop. Then she got 26 next time. I asked my son how she manages that as I get 30 just from my house to the on ramp of the interstate. He said she is constantly pushing the throttle up and down on the interstate and does not know how to drive at a steady speed. I mentioned to her that she is getting 10 mpg less than me and the next time I zeroed out the DIC it came back with her getting 28.4 mpg. She has still only closed 1/3 of the gap between mine and hers mpgs on the same loop. The loop is 40 miles with 30 miles on the interstate in a 50 mph zone. They let you do 60 without bothering you. But 28.4 is a lot better than 24. So I guess 22 could be managed. That's just 8 less than I get in town starting with a cold engine.
#469 of 470 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 11, 2012 (11:34 am)
A reporter seeks to interview anyone who recently considered or bought a new Chevy Malibu. Please email PRedmunds.com before Friday, September 14, 2012 if you are willing to share your thoughts on the car.
Mar 26, 2013 (8:58 am)
I have a 2012 LT Malibu 4cyl. I have noticed that it is very sensitive to tire pressure and over acceleration. More so than any other car that I have owned. On a 23 mile one way commute I have averaged 25.6 mpg. Of course not all of that is highway but at least 18 of it is on the Freeway.