The Chevrolet Malibu is completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year and the 2013 Malibu is a winner, delivering a smooth ride, responsive handling, cabin comfort and ease of use. The 2013 Malibu is a midsize sedan with a choice of powertrains, ranging from a low-cost 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the sporty 260-horsepower Malibu Turbo to the Malibu Eco mild hybrid that rates an EPA-estimated 25/37 miles per gallon City/Highway.
A quick glance at the 2013 Malibu tells you you’re looking at a new kind of Chevrolet. Completely redesigned, the 2013 Malibu has an international look about it while not being either outlandish or overdone. It looks both modern and nicely understated; the stylists resisted the temptation to go Lady Gaga just to attract attention.
The interior, like the exterior, is handsome and, for a Chevrolet, pleasingly elegant. The luxury level of this Chevrolet seems almost Buick, though drawn with a much freer hand. Obviously, having the mission of standing out all around the world has not hurt Chevrolet’s styling vocabulary in the least.
But the minute we drove the 2013 Malibu Eco around a fast bend, we knew we were driving a new kind of Chevrolet. It’s a family car, to be sure, filled with all the familiar keynotes that define mid-size Chevrolet sedans. But in the same moment, it is a far more roadable vehicle than the Malibus of five or ten years ago. Gone is the vaguely ramshackle ride and the wanton tendency to lean far over when cornering in even the slightest haste.
Malibu Eco comes with a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder, electric motor generator E-Assist, 6-speed automatic, regenerative braking. Malibu Eco 1SA ($24,985) comes with active front aerodynamic shutters, cruise control, intermittent wipers, OnStar, Sirius/XM satellite radio, AM/FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio with color touch screen and hidden storage, USB port for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, express-down power windows, power door and window locks, driver information center, tilt/telescope steering, steering wheel controls, ambient lighting, overhead console, compass, two auxiliary power outlets, rear center armrest.