2013 Chevrolet Malibu drops ‘chick car’ stereotype NY Daily News

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu drops ‘chick car’ stereotype

Classic 60s sedan gets a mod makeover and delivers punchy power, the latest in apps and syncs, better-than-decent fuel economy and snappy style, while also receiving a more masculine overhaul.

By Josh Max / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

From its pointy nose to powerful engine, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo is truly a ‘guy car’ again.

Labeling a ride a “chick car” isn’t a grievous insult if you’re talking about a new Beetle or a Mitsubishi Lancer, but the Malibu achieved its eventual association with femininity via a variety of avoidable and regrettable factors. Originally launched as a ballsy, authoritative offshoot of the macho 60’s Chevelle, the Malibu was slowly stripped through the years of its weight, power, swagger and testosterone. By the early 2000s it ended up a tame shadow of its former self and might as well have been titled the Chevy Eunich.

The redesigned 2013 Malibu is, at last, a guy car again, from its Impalish pointy front end and squat rear lights to its edgy, surprisingly caffeinated engine, bucket seats and quick, nimble road manners. It did whatever I asked of it during a recent weeklong test drive, looked good doing so and, at $21,995 for a base 4 cylinder model, it’s not out of the ballpark pricewise if you don’t load it up.

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GM had rolled out the first new Malibu last year equipped with a unique “Eco” engine system pairing a 2.4 liter four-cylinder almost-hybrid plant with an electric motor for extra cojones during acceleration as well as during stop-start situations. The Eco got a pretty-good 29 estimated combined MPG, according to the EPA, and reception was strong enough that the green light was given to the other 3 trims, the LS, LT and LTZ. Base Malibus get a 197-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that comes standard, but you can opt for the 259-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder job I tested to get it done when you’re in a hurry. (My Turbo’s base price was $29,700 and $34,275 loaded.) In a further nod to mod, the car features an eAssist regenerative braking system that hangs on to some of the power usually lost when the driver brakes or coasts.

It converts that energy to electricity and stores it for when it’s needed.

The Malibu’s center console, housing its sound system, nav, heating and sync-up gizmos, is sublimely easy to use, and its ChevroletMyLink offers a variety of information you can easily control with the tap of your fingers or the sound of your voice. Additional features such as Start and Keyless Access with Push Button Start are very welcome, too, and you can set the car’s internal thermometer remotely so you’re toasty when you climb in. If you’re App-savvy, you can stay connected to your Malibu with the myChevrolet app with the connectivity of OnStar® RemoteLink mobile app to check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, schedule routine maintenance and more.

Sure, it isn’t ’64 anymore, and the macho Malibu sedan and convertible popular during the Johnson administration aren’t going to be making a return appearance anytime soon. But neither will a cop who’s yanked you over automatically say “May I see your license and registration, ma’am?”

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