Chevy Adds Six-Speed, Four-Cylinder Malibu
When the new Malibu was announced last year, its four-cylinder engine was paired to a four-speed automatic, much to the chagrin of the automotive journalist community. After driving the four-speed I didn’t really see anything wrong with it, but that didn’t stop Chevy from apologizing for it profusely and announcing a six-speed was on the way. Now we get the final details about the more refined transmission.
Unlike the four-speed, the six-speed will only be available in the top-of-the-line LTZ trim with a starting price of $25,895, not including a $650 destination charge. The power plant returns mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway. That takes it just beyond the five-speed automatic Honda Accord — 21/31 mpg — and ties it with the 2009 Hyundai Sonata as the class leader. A similarly equipped Honda Accord EX-L starts at $25,860, while the Sonata Limited starts at $23,970.
Lesser Malibu trims — the LS and LT — retain the four-speed four-cylinder and its measly 22/30 mpg for the foreseeable future. The new four-cylinder LTZ goes on sale this spring.