Chevy Malibu
With gasoline prices hovering deep in to $3 territory, sales of smaller cars have risen sharply with many Americans considering downsizing to a smaller more fuel efficient car. Many like the sounds of a hybrid. But beware, not all hybrids are bred equally.

The 2013 Chevy Malibu comes standard as a hybrid for the time being, but for a hybrid, stops short with only 25mpg city, 37mpg highway. Don't most full hybrids get better city mileage than highway? Some- the Prius, being a full hybrid has such economy. That's because a full hybrid generates power from the constant stop and go of a city. On the website, it calls both vehicles "hybrid vehicle". Is that fair?

To find the answer, let's see what else is out there: one of the Malibu's biggest competitors is the Hyundai Sonata, which according to gets 24mpg city, 37 highway. So this Malibu "hybrid" achieves just one mpg better than the non-hybrid Sonata. You'd save $50 per year with the Malibu vs. standard Sonata according to What's more is that the Malibu costs over $5,000 more than the Sonata, coming in at just over $25,000. With that difference in price, you'd have to own the Malibu for 100 years to make up the difference.

But what's this? The Sonata also has a hybrid version. Comparing the Malibu hybrid e-assist to the Sonata, the Sonata wins, getting 8mpg city/highway better than the Malibu. Perhaps the funniest part is that the Sonata hybrid costs just a few hundred more than the Malibu hybrid.

GM- you're making a good attempt, but let's get on the train! You need to have a similar product, similar miles per gallon, at a similar price, and this just isn't cutting it.

Beware of marketing on vehicles- always remember to compare mileage ratings of a select vehicle to others in its class. Unless you own your vehicles for 100 years.