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Class: Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 110
Fuel Used: 2.5 gallons
New cars cost a lot. The statement is based on more than anecdotal evidence. Based on the current rate of inflation, the average transaction price of a new vehicle will pass the $35,000 mark some time late this year or in early 2017—and for most folks, that’s a lot of bread.
According to the U.S. Government, the average household income (HHI) in America is about $53,000. It only takes a little calculator time to determine that the average new car costs 73 percent of the average family’s pre-tax income.
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 2/29/2016 – 3/07/2016
Miles Driven: 297
Fuel Used: 12.4 gallons
Although it ceded its “most popular segment” title to compact SUVs last year, midsize cars are still a thriving business. And Chevrolet is hoping to increase its market share to improve upon its fifth-place ranking in the class.
Chevrolet unveiled its anticipated all-new midsize sedan at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu wears striking bodywork that shares some design themes with its larger sibling, the Chevrolet Impala. The new Malibu has a 4-inch longer wheelbase than the car it replaces, but it is up to 300 pounds lighter.
When Chevy’s popular Malibu midsize sedan was redesigned for 2013, it was offered with three engines, all 4-cylinders: a base 197-horspower 2.5-liter, a turbocharged 259-horsepower 2.0 (effectively replacing the former V6), and a 182-horsepower 2.4 with GM’s “mild hybrid” eAssist system for the economy-oriented Eco models.
Compared to the base 2.5, the 2.4 with eAssist raised the EPA city/highway fuel-economy estimates from 22/34 to 25/37, a healthy increase. But it also raised the price—by about $1300.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu 3LT Turbo
Dates tested: 10/31/2013-11/07/2013
Miles Driven: 255
Fuel Used: 11.9 gallons regular unleaded
Real-world fuel economy: 21.4 mpg
Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway
Recently, Chevrolet officials announced they were in the midst of an aggressive new-product rollout across the globe, with 25 new or significantly redesigned vehicles. One of them is the Chevrolet Malibu, which will get a freshening for 2014 just one model year after being redesigned.
Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension.