Chevy Malibu Eco: Most detested car of the year?
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco has just received the top prize in a contest that no automaker wants to win. Fortune Magazine has recognized the Malibu Eco as the “most disliked car of the year” so far. The once highly anticipated vehicle has received lukewarm reviews at best, according to Fortune and compares poorly to each of its competitors in the midsize sedan segment. The magazine made its decision based on countless reviews and test-drives dating back to December 2011.
Although the Malibu Eco may have initially earned cachet due to its claims of better fuel economy and technical innovation, the vehicle has never lived up to its promise, says Fortune. The vehicle’s expectations were especially high because it was the first Malibu to be sold globally. That said, Fortune contends that most analysts wanted to like the car, but simply could not overlook its countless faults.
The negative press first began in December of 2011 at the hands of The Truth About Cars, who concluded, “The Eco isn’t terribly fuel efficient, and also certainly isn’t a driver’s car.” The review also stated that the Eco failed to stand up against segment rivals such as the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.