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Old 12-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2013 Malibu Eco

I traded in my 2008 Honda Accord for a 2013 Malibu Eco.

The Eco really isn't a hybrid although it does have an engine cut off feature when at a full stop.

According to Car and Driver " The system includes an all-in-one motor/generator that replaces the alternator, connected to 32 lithium-ion cells jammed into a 65-pound battery pack located aft of the rear seat. Via a rubber belt, the electric motor/generatoróbuilt in China, with no permanent magnetsócontributes a bonus 15 horses to the crankshaft, mostly under wide-open throttle. Fun fact: The belt has a duty life of 75,000 miles. The Ecoís gas engine displaces 2.4 liters and produces 182 horsepower. Combined, engine and motor are expected to deliver 26 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway "

I now have 500 miles on the odometer and have averaged 27.5 mpg with about 60% city/ 40% highway driving.

Resetting the odometer I have acheived 38 mpg on the hwy.

What is crazy is that an early 90's Honda could get 55 mpg althoughI bet adding all the bells and whistles the new cars have if this would be lower.

The only reason I bought this was that I got screwed on the used Honda Accord back in July of 2011 so for another year payment and a bit higher monthly payment I got a car that gets better gas mileage and is much more comfortable.

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a little bigger also?
What tires are they running on there?
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It's a little bigger also?
What tires are they running on there?
The tires are 17" and is standard with this model.

The Eco is smaller than the Accord.

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