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#13 of 163 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2007? [autoboy16]
Jun 16, 2006 (7:49 pm)
I like the exterior design. Never liked previous designs. Also Crash tests not as good as competition.
Another thing I don't like about Nissan is the long and expensive options list. I added a few options like moonroof, alloy wheels, ABS and airbags with the 4 cyl version. I could by a 6 cyl engine with its competitors for that money!
2006 Hyundai Sonata LX is a perfect example. JD Power backs the Sonata with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. IIHS.org gave better rating to Sonata (G,A,G)than Altima (G,P,A). Consumer Reports rated the Altima a score of 74 and the Sonata a 76, both 6 cyl versions. Also Sonata's EPA Passenger volume is 105 cu ft compared to Altima's 103.
The only thing Altima has on Sonata is 15 more Horsepower. I personally think that isn't enough to sway me.
If your buying for the name plate, buy Nissan. If your buying a good car at a reasonable price buy Sonata.
#14 of 163 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2007? [luvmbooty]
Jun 16, 2006 (8:05 pm)
At least those Accord Hybrid drivers know that everytime they step on the gas, they know all Priuses (and even Camry Hybrid vehciles) will end up in their rear mirrors. BTW, Prius only averages 42 MPG on hwy vs. 49 MPG for the VW Turbo diesel Jetta in real world. Lexus is doing Hybrid for performance just like Honda Accord, BTW.
I doubt that the owners of all Japanese hybrid vehicles will recoup the $6-7K investment for Hybrid option in less than 10 years with gas running about $3/gallon. But at least, they feel good in burning less gas.
#15 of 163 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2007? [jnt]
Jun 17, 2006 (1:16 am)
> Prius only averages 42 MPG on hwy vs. 49 MPG for the VW Turbo diesel Jetta in real world.
You've got the numbers reversed. Prius gets 49 and the previous Jetta TDI automatic gets 42. (Data isn't available for new Jetta yet.)
#16 of 163 Re: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid in 2007? [luvmbooty]
Jun 17, 2006 (8:11 am)
Yeah but the numbers you're comparing are for the current altima. The new one is smaller but with more interior room. The following altima go further on 1 tank of gas than a sonata v6: All of them.
A 3.5 Altima goes about 600 miles with an automatic and 540 with a manual. The v6 sonata with automatic gets about 531miles.
The 2.5 altima goes 620miles with a manual and 581 with automatic. The sonata goes 584 with a manual and 602 with an automatic.
The 3.5 altima goes 400miles with an automatic and 420 with the manual. The sonata goes 354 with an automatic.
The 2.5 Altima goes 460 with the automatic and 480 with the manual. The sonata goes 425 for both auto and manual.
The altimas I compared were a 2006 Altima 2.5S and 3.5 SE with both transmissions.
The sonatas were 2006 Gls v6 for auto and Gl for manual.
I did these comparisons right here on edmunds.
Now as I was saying, the sonata is a good car for is 1st year with this model but the altima is better IMO. The thing you must figure in is that the sonata will be around for a while more before it changes and the altima changes over the summer. The big news for the altima is that it won't use an automatic next year. Instead it will use the CVT (continuosly variable transmission) and get even better MPG not to mention its new and better aerodynamics.
As I said, the sonata is a good car but the altima is aging. The same goes for the accord because it is in its last year also if doesn't change a year later.
#17 of 163 A message to the host
Jun 17, 2006 (8:18 am)
Should this room be called Hyundai Sonata vs Honda Accord vs Nissan Altima vs Chevrolet Malibu vs Toyota Camry?
Or should it be called "The Vehicle MPG Comparison" That features multiple sedans that get good MPG and have power?
Or should we just get back to comparing the Chevy Malibu Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, and Camry Hybrid?
If you pick choice #3, can nissan altima be added ?
#18 of 163 Re: A message to the host [autoboy16]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 20, 2006 (8:46 am)
Hey, I'm all for sticking with the hint provided in the discussion title, and keeping conversation focused on the Malibu hybrid.
Let's try to stay on-topic, folks.
#19 of 163 New Malibu design
Jul 14, 2006 (5:38 am)
Any word on when the redesign of the Malibu hits the showrooms? I assume if there's to be a hybrid Malibu it will come with the new design (since it would seem counter-productive to put the effort into an out-going design), but when will that be? I've only seen one (very small) spy photo in the current Automobile issue, and couldn't tell much about the car. I've heard it is supposed to be a great car, and with the Impala apparently going RWD for 2009, the Malibu will be Chevy's primary FWD sedan offering. Economy is more important to me at this stage of life than power, so as I look a couple of years down the road to my next car purchase, I'm thinking the Malibu could be the way to go.
#20 of 163 Re: New Malibu design [nosirrahg]
Jul 14, 2006 (3:53 pm)
GM's website showing Hybrid timeline for the company does show Malibu Hybrid in 2007 calendar year. It reflects it as a 2008 model year vehicle and is using same mild hybrid system on Saturn VUE Greenline. That's all I can share at this time but feel free to visit site yourself:
#21 of 163 Re: New Malibu design [e2helper]
Jul 16, 2006 (1:31 pm)
#22 of 163 Re: New Malibu design [e2helper]
Jul 19, 2006 (1:28 pm)
Question on the 2008 (in 2007) Malibu hybrid...I had a discussion with a co-worker yesterday about hybrids, and he mentioned talking to a Ford dealer about the Escape hybrid, and how with the added initial cost of the hybrid, plus the down-the-road battery replacement, it was very unlikely one would ever recoup the cost difference in gasoline savings (especially since the real-world MPG of the Escape apparently isn't matching the EPA figures in most cases).
My impression of the GM hybrid (as in the Malibu, VUE, etc.) is that it's a different system, and I'm not so sure it's as reliant on battery packs as might be some other hybrids...any insight you can provide in that regard? I'm thinking perhaps the GM approach doesn't promise as much of a gas savings as "pure" hybrids might, but by the same token there might not be as much expense down the road either.