The Chevrolet Malibu is all new for 2013. The previous generation was regarded by reviewers as good, but not great; however with the 2013 redesign, the Malibu is back as one of the top choices in its class.
After the bankruptcy in 2009, GM jumped into the eco-friendly race, smartly looking to capitalize on the trend of families moving away from big SUVs and towards smaller, more fuel efficient sedans. The Malibu represents that initiative with creature comforts and impressive fuel economy. The Malibu Eco takes it one step further as a mild hybrid with eAssist.
The 2013 Malibu is a midsize four-door sedan that seats five. It is available in multiple different trims to suit any buyer.
New For 2013
The Chevrolet Malibu is completely redesigned for 2013. Some of the highlights include:
- Malibu Eco is released with impressive 29 mpg
- Upgraded, refined look
- New 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard
- Navigation system now available
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu comes in eight trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ, 2LTZ, Eco 1SA, and finally the Eco 2SA. While the trims mainly differ when it comes to interior appointments and powertrains, there are some exterior differences as well. The LS and 1LT trims come standard with 16-inch aluminum wheels, while the 2LT and LTZ come with 18-inch wheels. Seventeen-inch five-spoke wheels are available as an option on the LT. All trims come with all-season tires. The LTZ and Eco add heated mirrors, and a power sunroof is an available option on the LT and LTZ. The LT and LTZ models also offer an optional rear vision camera.
All trims come standard with variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, daytime running lights, fog lamps, halogen headlamps, power-adjustable mirrors, and remote trunk release.
Interior & Cargo
The value of the Malibu is apparent when you enter the cabin. The interior of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is gorgeous, bordering on luxury-car status with high-quality materials and substantial feeling buttons and knobs. It has all of the bells and whistles you'd expect in this class, and more.
The 2013 Malibu LS has two-way adjustable power front bucket seats with cloth upholstery. It also has remote power door locks, power mirrors, one-touch power windows, cruise control, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, remote trunk release, air conditioning, and dual-illuminating vanity mirrors. The Infotainment system contains six speakers, an AM/FM in-sash single CD/MP3 player with SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The LT and Eco upgrades to an eight-way power seat with premium cloth, dual-zone climate control, simulated wood trim on center console, dash, and doors, as well as a leather steering wheel, leather trim on shift knob, turn signal in mirrors, and an optional audio system with navigation. The premium LTZ model upgrades from the LT with leather seats and an electrochromatic inside rearview mirror.
The Malibu has adequate truck space providing 16.3 cubic feet of storage. With the addition of the electric motor, the Malibu Eco has a mere 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu comes standard with most of the safety features one would expect on a car in this class, including four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driveline traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, brake assist, rear child security door locks, vehicle anti-theft system, automatic crash response system, an airbag occupancy sensor, and ten airbags, including frontal and knee airbags, side-mounted front and rear airbags, and roof-rail-mounted airbags. Lane departure warning and forward collision alert are options on the LT and LTZ models.
All trims come with OnStar service for six months, which provides emergency services, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, remote ignition block, remote door unlock, remote horn and lights, and turn-by-turn navigation.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the Malibu with its highest rating of ""good"" in frontal-offset, side, and roof strength tests.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is enjoyable to drive with a quiet cabin, responsive steering, and relaxed suspension. This family sedan comes standard with the new 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 197 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. It comes matched with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission and a four-wheel independent suspension. The Malibu Eco offers hybrid technology with its ECOTEC 2.4-liter, direct injection, four-cylinder engine that works with eAssist to conserve fuel and switch from gas to energy stored in a lithium-ion battery. The auto start/stop system turns the engine off when idling. Some reviewers have reported that the Eco transmission feels sluggish; however, it switches from electric to gas effortlessly.
The 2013 Malibu gets an estimated 22/34 mpg city/highway. This improves to 25/37 mpg city/highway with the Malibu Eco, which is great for a midsize sedan, but certainly not in the running with full hybrid sedans.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
- Ford Fusion
- Volkswagen Passat
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Camry
- Kia Optima