The very first thing I noticed about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu when it rolled into my driveway was its expressive new look. It carries DNA from its sister vehicles, the Camaro and Corvette, bringing a sporty sensibility to the family sedan segment. A wider stance, broad shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler bring a new athleticism to Malibu. Additionally, the new Malibu has 62-inch front and rear tracks that are more than two inches wider than the model it replaces.
Other exterior design cues include Chevrolet’s dual-port grille, larger Chevrolet bow-tie badges front and rear, and new Camaro-inspired tail lamps. The top of the line Malibu LTZ adds features like LED tail lamps, chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets and18-inch alloy wheels.
In North America, the Malibu comes in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, along with the Malibu Eco, which uses fuel-saving eAssist technology to enable EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 city and 37 highway, the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid midsize sedan.
Roomier, more refined interior
The new Malibu interior was designed to bring an element of sophistication to everyday driving. It features an inviting, roomy and comfortable environment.
The increased width of the new Malibu means a more spacious cabin. Compared to the previous model, it has nearly 4 cubic feet of additional interior volume, along with more shoulder and hip room.
The Malibu interior features metallic, chrome or wood accents located throughout. Additionally, soft, ice blue ambient lighting complements the accents, as does the exposed ice blue French contrast stitching and soft touch/textured surface materials — all of which add to Malibu’s interior refinement.
An additional notable feature is Malibu’s spacious trunk, with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room (13.2 cubic feet with Malibu Eco).
Under the Hood
Malibu’s powertrain lineup includes an all-new, fuel-efficient and powerful Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed transmission. It’s rated at 197 horsepower and 191 foot-pounds of torque. A new Ecotec 2.0L turbo, rated at 259 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque, is also available.
Fuel estimates for the 2.5L four-cylinder engine are 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The Chevrolet Malibu is built at Fairfax, Kan, and Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich. To learn more about this sporty, good-looking midsize sedan, visit your local Southeast Texas Chevrolet dealer or www.chevrolet.com .