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Firstly, in the since the original Malibu model was discontinued three ago, there have major fuel economy in both of those categories – midsize gas-electric hybrids and standard gas-powered midsize

Secondly, although that Hybrid was allowed to occupy a niche in the family sedan’s model lineup, the 2013 Eco is being offered no such The redesigned Malibu went on last month exclusively as the Eco – additional engines that offer greater value or won’t be available until

General Motors doesn’t the Malibu Eco a hybrid. Though it has a battery-powered electric motor powers the car’s components at and can help the gasoline four-cylinder accelerate, and though Chevrolet’s lists hybrids as its competitors. is no longer among the more 1,200 words on the site the gas-electric Malibu.

The Malibu Eco between the gas and hybrid versions of the Sonata, Kia Optima and Toyota both in fuel-efficiency and in price. The is rated for 29 miles per gallon in driving and has a base price over $25,000; the other are some $1,500 more and mileage in the high 30s to low 40s.

troubling for the Malibu Eco should be how those competing cars’ gas come – the Sonata, Optima and conventional four-cylinder engines hit an EPA rating of 28 miles per gallon in driving, without the extra and complexity of hybrid components. The Malibu Eco has the same EPA rating as the Malibu Hybrid, which even against less-efficient The difference, at least for now, is you can’t choose another instead

When the 2013 Malibu’s four-cylinder brings affordable to the Malibu line, and when its turbocharged four-cylinder brings performance, then the rest of car’s package will a chance to shine. It’s a roomy family sedan nor a sports sedan, but the Malibu is quiet and solid-feeling, and 2013 more electronics to the cabin.

But want to wait until The Eco can’t compete with a thorough hybrid for fuel and can’t compete with midsize sedans for value. the new engines will be more of the rest of the 2013 Malibu’s than the Eco.

Not a daring

Aside from the audacity of the Eco alone carry the Malibu for six months or so, the 2013 Malibu is a conservative redesign for Chevrolet. The Malibu, released as a 2008 was a bold departure from two bland generations – the new 2013 have been any more if had been introduced then


For the 2013 redesign, Chevrolet its signature grille design and Camaro-inspired rectangular taillamps to the car from looking anonymous. But for or for worse, depending on your in midsize sedans, the Malibu follow the sleeker more styling direction of the latest and Kia sedans, or the upcoming 2013 Fusion.

Upscale, but imperfect,

Chevrolet won praise for the premium-level of the previous-generation Malibu’s interior, features unique design and color schemes. It won less for the interior’s materials and the quality of its assembly.

At the very least, the Malibu corrects the former and may address both in time. trim abounds and the center now features a bright touch-screen. The lid was carefully designed to open and smoothly and gently.

Cabin are now among the midsize sedan best.

Interior assembly, at so far, isn’t quite as The tested Malibu’s interior had flaws throughout, with fitting loosely on either of the dash where it meets the and on either side of the center Part of one of the rear-seat armrests, the wood trim that the power mirror switch, was

On the plus side, the new dash does a better job at hiding most panels meet; the Malibu’s assembly issues displayed front and center. But the assembled trim on the tested car was enough to spot nonetheless. A 2013 Malibu at the same was in better shape, fortunately, but GM time to iron out early is another reason to wait a few on this car.

One issue that GM won’t be to fix is a lack of rear seat Even the 2008-2012 Malibu, had a longer wheelbase than the new was among the least hospitable cars for five or even adults; the redesign takes a step back.

Two adults be about as comfortable in the 2013 rear seat as in an average car’s – they would no appreciate more leg and head but they’ll fit. A large hump and a lack of leg clearance it quite difficult to maneuver the center-rear position, though.

As in hybrids, the Malibu Eco gives up trunk space to the electric and it looks smaller than its specification suggests. There’s a edge on the trunk-lining trim on the for the hinge.

Dashboard ergonomics are sound, with physical and knobs rather than the remaining responsible for primary Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment also accepts voice An electronic parking brake is an upscale touch not common to class, and the fore-aft adjustable armrest is a handy feature.

As in a number of GM products, the power switch is located on the center those of us who prefer it on the door, reviewer included, can find a button there as well for the of both worlds.

In one minor quirk, the stalks for the signal and windshield wiper more effort than in cars. Some will this an example of solidity; might prefer the stalks to to a gentler touch.

In a larger one that carries over the previous Malibu, large and a high rear deck cut visibility in all directions.

Smooth and

The outgoing Malibu’s strongest is its composed, quiet ride, and the model is no different. Bumps are muffled thumps, and the highway is steady and quiet.

Handling seems a bit relaxed compared to reviewer’s recollection of the old Malibu. The steering effort doesn’t as natural, and the car doesn’t feel as around a fast corner. of the fault may be the weight – this 2013 Malibu is up 200 pounds the 2010 model reviewed

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And even that car was neither nor sporty.

The carryover 2.4-liter is familiar for its smooth and quiet with the 15-horsepower electric seamless contributions offsetting the gain. Fuel economy are 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the or 29 mpg in mixed driving – a figure such economy cars as subcompact Sonic .

There is certainly some to GM’s theory that is room for a “mild hybrid” – whatever moniker it is sold – a mix of fuel-efficiency and value. However, as earlier, the Malibu Eco doesn’t nearly enough of either. The competition gets far better and the gasoline competition is close

EPA estimates for the 2013 Malibu’s engines aren’t yet available, but the 2012 4-cylinder is rated for 26 per gallon in mixed driving.

The screen on the dash can be set to display how the car is powered at different, a rare nod the Malibu Eco to its hybrid design. But hybrids’ similar screens are at a glance, and their screens a larger role from an motor.

Tough competition

The tested 2013 Malibu Eco was a car to drive, setting aside particular car’s shoddy quality. Smooth, quiet and it has the makings – like its predecessor – of a strong choice for someone who luxury over interior

But for now, the car is available only saddled with expensive drive components that don’t add up to a terribly significant economy gain. At the time of test drive last the salesman at Sport Chevrolet the dealership is continuing to receive Malibus, which are the better than the 2013 if you’re today.

Furthermore, smooth and solid-feeling sedans without outstanding room are being increasingly by ever-improving premium compact led by Chevrolet’s own impressive Cruze .

And if you for the rest of the 2013 Malibu you’ll also have to consider three more contenders in the midsize market: the 2013 Ford Fusion and the un-revealed 2013 Nissan and Honda Accord, all of which are due by fall.

How well the rest of the new line will stand up the upcoming competition remains to be But the Eco doesn’t provide a compelling to buy a 2013 Malibu just

See also:

Review: 2010 Malibu 1LT

Review: 2011 Cruze 1LT

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