2013 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$21,995-$29,700
$21,225-$28,067
22 /CITY / 33 /HWY
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What's New for 2013:

  • Malibu is redesigned for 2013
  • Three new powertrains; no V-6 option
  • Available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment technology
  • New safety features

Exterior Features
Shorter and wider than the model it replaces, the new Malibu is designed for aerodynamics and better fuel economy. Active grille shutters on the Malibu Eco further reduce aerodynamic drag, improve fuel economy, and reduce wind noise, Chevy says. Aluminum wheels are standard on all trim levels, ranging in size from 16 inches to 19 inches.

Interior Features
Chevrolet says the all-new Malibu offers more interior room than the previous model, especially in terms of shoulder and hip room. The new Malibu's trunk can hold 14.3 cubic feet of cargo. A hidden storage compartment resides behind the radio's articulating screen.

Optional Features
Chevrolet MyLink features Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming and allows for hands-free use of selected smartphone applications while driving, including Pandora Internet radio. A high-resolution, color radio touch screen is available, along with navigation, leather, Pioneer premium audio system, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Malibu LS, LT and LTZ trims are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is available as an option. It is preliminarily rated to deliver 259 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm. Chevy says the new 2013 Malibu Turbo will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

The 2013 Malibu Eco is equipped with a mild hybrid, rather than a full hybrid, powertrain. Employing eAssist technology, a small electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack is paired with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine to develop a combined 182 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission drives the Malibu Eco's front wheels.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco are 25/37/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety
The new 2013 Chevy Malibu is equipped with 8 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, brake fade assist, cornering brake control, and drag torque control, which prevents the driven wheels from locking on slippery surfaces under the influence of engine braking. OnStar telematics is standard, and includes Automatic Crash Notification service. Options include a lane-departure warning system, forward-collision warning system, and a rear vision camera system.

What's New for 2013:

  • Malibu is redesigned for 2013
  • Three new powertrains; no V-6 option
  • Available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment technology
  • New safety features

Exterior Features
Shorter and wider than the model it replaces, the new Malibu is designed for aerodynamics and better fuel economy. Active grille shutters on the Malibu Eco further reduce aerodynamic drag, improve fuel economy, and reduce wind noise, Chevy says. Aluminum wheels are standard on all trim levels, ranging in size from 16 inches to 19 inches.

Interior Features
Chevrolet says the all-new Malibu offers more interior room than the previous model, especially in terms of shoulder and hip room. The new Malibu's trunk can hold 14.3 cubic feet of cargo. A hidden storage compartment resides behind the radio's articulating screen.

Optional Features
Chevrolet MyLink features Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming and allows for hands-free use of selected smartphone applications while driving, including Pandora Internet radio. A high-resolution, color radio touch screen is available, along with navigation, leather, Pioneer premium audio system, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Malibu LS, LT and LTZ trims are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is available as an option. It is preliminarily rated to deliver 259 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm. Chevy says the new 2013 Malibu Turbo will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

The 2013 Malibu Eco is equipped with a mild hybrid, rather than a full hybrid, powertrain. Employing eAssist technology, a small electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack is paired with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine to develop a combined 182 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission drives the Malibu Eco's front wheels.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco are 25/37/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety
The new 2013 Chevy Malibu is equipped with 8 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, brake fade assist, cornering brake control, and drag torque control, which prevents the driven wheels from locking on slippery surfaces under the influence of engine braking. OnStar telematics is standard, and includes Automatic Crash Notification service. Options include a lane-departure warning system, forward-collision warning system, and a rear vision camera system.

Available Trims for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name ECO (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24985.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/37
Name ECO (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26595.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/37
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21995.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23185.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24890.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26600.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27365.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29700.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket
  • Trim, seat, Premium Cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger, 4-way manual
  • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
  • Seat, rear, 60/40 split-folding
  • Armrest, center, rear with storage
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Instrumentation, analog, speedometer, unique Eco tachometer, Eco gauge and fuel gauge with color Driver Information Center
  • Driver Information Center, color display includes trip/fuel information, vehicle information and vehicle messages
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
  • Door and window locks, rear child security, power
  • Remote Keyless Entry includes panic alarm button
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, power located in CHMSL decklid, push button open on key fob
  • Compass display
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and front passenger
  • Defogger, rear-window
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary 1 in integrated center stack, 1 in center console
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Console, overhead
  • Storage, innovative hidden storage behind 7" diagonal touch screen, rear armrest storage, large storage in front and rear door panels, and reconfigurable console storage with removable cup holders
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior with theater dimming, delayed entry/exit, glovebox and trunk
  • Lighting, soft Blue ambient lighting, instrument panel, shifter and front door handles and map pockets
  • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Coat hooks, driver- and passenger-side rear
  • Dead pedal, driver
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver power lumbar
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Cargo convenience net, trunk
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature and fuel gauge with monochromatic Driver Information Center
  • Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
  • Air conditioning, single-zone electronic
  • Compass display (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature and fuel gauge with color Driver Information Center
  • Trim, seat, leather-appointed
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger power lumbar
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Window, power, driver with Express-Up and Down
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) 5-spoke aluminum
  • Tires, P225/55R17, all-season blackwall, low rolling resistance
  • Tire and wheel, spare, not desired
  • Tire repair kit
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Headlamps, projector type
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated
  • Glass, solar absorbing
  • Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P215/60R16, all-season blackwall
  • Headlamps, reflector/reflector type
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, black
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable with integrated turn signals, body-color
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18, all-season blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm) includes steel wheel (Includes (V33) road emergency tool kit. Deletes (WTR) Tire repair kit and (6Y4) Tire and wheel, spare, not desired.)
  • Sunroof, power
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DI (Direct Injection) with eAssist technology and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6200 rpm, 171 lb-ft of torque [230.9 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive
  • Auto start/stop engine
  • Gear select, manual mode
  • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 60AH
  • Electric motor generator, eAssist, 15 kW
  • Suspension, front, MacPherson strut
  • Suspension, rear 4-link
  • Steering, power, non-variable ratio, electric, rack-mounted
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Regenerative braking
  • Brake, park, electronic push button powered located on center console
  • Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance with FNC rotors
  • Braking control, ECM grade
  • Engine, 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (197 hp [146.9 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [257.9 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
  • Tool kit, road emergency
  • Engine, 2.0L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (259 hp [193.1 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 260 lb-ft of torque [351 N-m] @ 5200 rpm)
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brake Assist, panic
    • Brake control, cornering
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes, Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, First Assist, Injury Severity Predictor, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav, Destination Download (requires navigation radio), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands Free Calling and available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all positions
    • Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2013 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM Premier package, with over 140 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port located in center console
    • Audio system feature, display, 7" diagonal, touch-screen, color located on center stack, rotates upward for storage behind
    • Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones
    • Chevrolet MyLink Touch includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for phone, music and radio; Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible; Gracenote (Playlist+, Album Art); software updatable for radio software and Gracenote database (Included with (UFU) AM/FM stereo with CD player.)
    • Gracenote database (Playlist+, Album Art)
    • Voice recognition for phone, music and radio
    • Antenna, OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, fin type, body-color
    • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 9-speaker system
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack (Includes (UDY) 7" diagonal color touch-screen display.)

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