Consumer Reviews Summary
41 of 48 (85%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Overview
2013 brings exciting changes to the Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan, including new styling inside and out and plenty of mechanical changes that increase both power and fuel efficiency.
A slew of midsize designs, including the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, got redesigns for 2013, so Chevrolet had to do the same with the Malibu in an attempt to keep pace. The Malibu’s exterior is brand new and a welcome change from the drab trimmings on the previous model. The 2013 Malibu is shorter but also almost three inches wider, which makes it look more athletic. Similar to Chevy’s Camaro sports car, the taillights are squared off and feature individually housed elements instead of a single cluster.
Under the hood, there are three available powertrain options, one of which is only offered on the efficient Malibu Eco. LS, LT, and LTZ trims are powered by one of two conventional gas engines. The base engine, a 197-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, is the only option on most trims, while the 2LTZ trim gets a 259-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for improved performance. The Malibu Eco uses a mild hybrid system that combines a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor that is recharged through regenerative braking. We call the Malibu Eco a “mild hybrid” because it cannot travel solely on electric power. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
Fuel economy is predictably best with the Malibu Eco, which in addition to its hybrid system uses and active shutter system for better aerodynamics, start/stop engine functionality, and low-rolling resistance tires for maximum mpg. The EPA estimates the Malibu Eco at 25/37 mpg city/highway. Malibu models with the base four-cylinder get 22/34 mpg city/highway, while the 2LTZ with the turbocharged four-cylinder achieves 21/30 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Malibu features a symmetrical design up front in which the dashboard curves away from both the driver and passenger, creating two inlets that offer plenty of space. Interior materials have been improved, as has the Malibu’s sound proofing which makes for a quiet, comfortable ride. One handy new feature is the seven-inch touchscreen which houses many of the Malibu’s audio functions and is standard on all trims except the LS. It also folds up to reveal a hidden storage space that’s perfect for phones and sunglasses. Standard features include steering wheel controls, satellite radio, air conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity. Heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, USB/iPod port, and MyLink smartphone connectivity are also available.
The Malibu performed extremely well in crash tests, earning both a full five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Ten airbags come standard, as do antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and six months of OnStar.