2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Named ‘Most Disliked Car of 2012′

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Named ‘Most Disliked Car of 2012′
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Drawing widespread criticism into a tight bundle, Fortune Magazine is concluding that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is the most disliked car so far this year, something that AutoGuide found last December when we drove the car.

With the eighth-generation car, Chevrolet moved to push the Malibu globally. That’s fine, but it meant sacrificing rear seat legroom with a 4.5-inch shorter wheelbase. Cranky cramped passengers aren’t always an issue because they aren’t always in board, but the issues don’t stop there

Chevrolet’s “mild” hybrid suffered much more criticism for lackluster mileage in a system that added unnecessary complexity. Rated at 25/37 mpg city/highway, the car falls far short of its full-hybrid competitors, yet costs more than comparable gasoline-exclusive cars.

The car also feels heavy and oversized in tight spaces compared to a Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata, something that made driving it less than a pleasure at the wheel.

A quiet and comfortable interior would normally save the car, but this is the exception. Sound deadening shuts road noise out effectively, but that’s hardly the point in a car heavily weighed down by its almost useless hybrid system. The non-hybrid version of the car will have all the same merits while offering the virtues of a gas engine.

Read AutoGuide’s Malibu Eco review here.