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2013 Chevrolet Malibu It s three separate cars the same banner.

Posted 15, 2012 by marketing filed Resources .

By MALCOLM GUNN

To be a mid-sized sedan in this day and age that you actually have to be a lot than just a mid-sized

You have to have a super-attractive price. You also have to that you like clean trees and fluffy rabbits in fields. And, you also to be sporty enough for moms and who gave up their two-door when the stork came

But, since you can t really put all of together in one car, the Malibu and in this class have a models to take care of broad buyer base.

considered somewhat plain and in a rental-fleet sort of way, the regained its groove for the 2008 year with sharp thoughtfully designed interior and competent road manners. The bordered on gushing, sales and the mid-size Chevy was once walking proud.

The new 2013 Malibu has been for new challenges and increased sedan-class From top to bottom it s a completely automobile, starting with a rigid platform based on the Insignia (Opel is part of Motors European division).

dimensions are closely aligned the outgoing Malibu, except for 4.5 of shrinkage between the front and wheels. Despite this most key passenger- and cargo-area except legroom have increased. Cabin styling, was the previous Malibu s strong hasn t veered off course for


The dual cockpit-style seating with its wrap-around dashboard and stack, returns in roughly the format, but the controls and switches are out in a more straightforward fashion. A trick here is a storage hidden behind the flip-up faceplate that s suitable for wallets or other small

The speedometer and tachometer gauge are located in what are clearly Camaro-inspired housings. As with recently launched GM sedans, the comes with 10 standard including a set of front-knee inflatables.

On the the Malibu s athletic lines a more prominent grille and taillights at the opposite end. The LTZ is upgraded with brighter discharge (HID) headlights and light-emitting diode (LED)

For 2013, the Malibu is available in strengths for three kinds of The priceleader base model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which the 169-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

For added performance, you can select a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that out 259 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The replaces the 252-horsepower V6 option. values are roughly comparable, the turbo s 21-mpg city/30 fuel consumption is hands-down than the V6 s 17/26.

By the way, rates the turbo s zero-to-60-mph at 6.3 seconds.

For buyers with a streak, the Malibu Eco features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a special electric motor/generator that eAssist via a belt to the engine acceleration and passing.

Called a hybrid because the Malibu Eco run on electric power alone the Toyota Camry Hybrid or Fusion Hybrid, it s rated at 25 mpg and 37 highway, compared the base four-cylinder s 22/34 numbers.

The battery location robs the of some trunk space, but not a lot. The eAssist s regenerative system feeds energy to the when the binders are applied. A shuts off the engine when and restarts it once the gas pedal is

All powerplants operate through automatic transmissions, with the version s receiving manual located atop the shifter.

At an starting price of $23,150, the S comes with not much than the essentials. The next-level 1LT s complete package adds a color touch-screen with recognition that operates the and communications side. Picking the will require about extra, but it does include climate control plus other niceties.

The LT trim can be with the turbo engine, but for the effect you should step up the LTZ its added luxury content and twin exhaust pipes. pricing is not yet known.

The 2013 Malibu actually a decent job of not necessarily being all to all people, but by providing enough of a models to a diverse group Welcome to the modern mid-size

What you should know: Chevrolet Malibu

Type . front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan

(hp) . 2.5-liter DOHC I4 2.0-liter DOHC I4 (259); DOHC I4 with 15-kilowatt (182, net).

Transmission . automatic

Market position . is one of a number of new 2013 mid-size and it faces some tough from domestic-and import-base In this class, offering a of powertrains, including hybrids, is mandatory.

Points . More styled body improves s looks; Base four-cylinder provides good thrust; option adds sporting Mild eAssist hybrid s consumption numbers nowhere full hybrid competitors; No V6 but it likely won t be missed; 10 airbags the safety bar high in this

Safety . Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain front knee airbags, brakes; traction control; control.

MPG (city/hwy) 22/34

Base price (incl. $23,150

By comparison

Base $21,500

V6 option is gone,two choices join three gas engines.

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