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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Monday, February 11th 2013. | Chevrolet

General Motors has decided to pull all the stops on the Chevrolet Malibu, a tried-and-tested midsize sedan that has stood been around since the late 90’s. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is a brand-new version that integrates the best technological innovations and excellent performance in a freshly designed exterior and interior styling.

The 2013 Chevy Malibu is available in three engines: the standard base 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the 2.4-liter cylinder engine packed with the eAssist system. The new eAssist system comprises an air-cooled lithium-ion battery and Auto-Stop feature, which stops the engine whenever the vehicle is at rest and is quite handy during stop-and-go traffic. The eAssist battery restarts the engine once the driver lifts the brake pedal—a transition that can barely be felt and thus enhances fuel economy. At the heart of all three is a twin-scroll turbocharger, which features strong acceleration while maintaining smooth performance.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu side

The 2.5 liter engine produces 197 horsepower and 191 lb-feet of torque, with 22/34 mpg for city/highway. The 2.4-liter engine, on the other hand, packs 197 horsepower and a 191 lb-feet of torque. The fuel economy rating is estimated at 22/34 mpg for city/highway. The third engine, the most powerful with 2.0 liters, produces 259 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque, with a fuel economy rating of 21/30 mpg for city/highway.

Standard equipment for the base model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric-trimmed seats, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a USB port for then MP3 player.

The Chevy Malibu comes with the critics’ favorite MyLink Infotainment system, a user-friendly interface that allows integration with Pandora and Stitcher apps for smartphone devices. Along with all these is a 7-inch touch screen that delivers clear and crisp information for GPS, smartphone connectivity and navigation.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu back

The appeal of the Chevy Malibu is best seen in its interior; with the comfort and elegance of its interior, there’s no doubt that this mid-sized sedan is top caliber. Equipped with leather and soft-touch materials, the comfortable seating arrangements are complemented by dashing chrome accents and metallic silver trim.

Both the rear and front seats provide plenty of legroom, with the driver’s seat allowing for 8-way power adjustability and 4-way power-operated lumbar support.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu front

The exterior styling of the 2013 Malibu underwent several refurbishments, borrowing from designs of the Corvette and the Camaro. The new exterior looks sportier than previous models, with a broader stance, front and rear tracks that are wider, and a wheelbase that’s 4.5 inches shorter than the previous model. The changes aren’t purely for aesthetic reasons—these changes make the 2013 Malibu a more functional with reduced wind noise.

There’s no question that the 2013 Malibu is one of the safest vehicles to drive, with 10 standard airbags in the front and side, side torso, rear, and knee areas. It has been top rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and enjoys its status as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu starts at $23,00, while its 1LT model is estimated at $25,000. The Malibu Eco is around $26,000. The turbocharged, fully loaded model is around $34,000.

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