Sometimes a redesign can be a beautiful thing. Thanks to Chevy’s decision to overhaul the Malibu for the 2013 model year, the sedan now promises to be a top pick for families.
The first trim Chevy is offering is the 2013 Malibu Eco. Here’s a look at what it’s all about.
Chevrolet Malibu Eco Feature Highlights
The 2013 Malibu Eco is a midsize 5 passenger family sedan designed to compete with the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Honda Accord. Starting from $25,235, Chevy offers the Malibu Eco in two trim levels: the 1SA and 2SA. Standard Eco features include eAssist technology good for 29 combined MPG, expansive interior space, strong safety features- including 8 standard airbags- and updated niceties to play with like Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. The Malibu 2SA gains a rearview camera and premium sound system along with the option to include heated leather seats and navigation.
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Chevrolet Malibu Eco Performance
The first engine Chevy has rolled out belongs solely to the Malibu Eco. It’s an eAssist 2.4 liter 4-cylinder/15 kW electric motor combo that doles out 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevy pairs the eAssist engine with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Malibu Eco Fuel Economy
Thanks to eAssist technology and gas sipping features like switching from gas to electric power when stopped, the Malibu Eco receives an EPA approved 25/37/29 (city/highway/combined) MPG using regular gasoline.
Chevrolet Malibu Eco Interior Highlights
Since the Malibu Eco is brand new for 2013, revamped material quality matches fresh interior style in terms of attractiveness and feel. Most critics love the space and comfort, relaying the fact that Chevy has put an expanded cabin to good use (the 2013 Malibu features more 4 cubic feet of cabin space than 2012 models). Additional features are made easier to control thanks to the MyLink infotainment system. Drivers can use voice command or the touch screen to access music and smartphone features, among other niceties, which should be easily heard due to Chevy’s goal to give Malibu the quietest ride in the segment.
The Malibu Eco sports a less spacious trunk than the gasoline models, though you’ll still get 13.2 cubic feet to work with (compared to 16.3 cubes for the LS, TL, and LTZ trims).
Chevrolet Malibu Eco Safety
2013 Malibu safety standards include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, OnStar emergency services, and 8 airbags- including front seat knee bags. A rearview camera is available on the Malibu Eco 1SA and standard for the 2SA.
Crash test ratings are not yet available for the 2013 Malibu Eco, but don’t expect numbers to drop too far from last year. The 2012 Malibu was an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
2013 Malibu LS, LT, and LTZ Trims
Upon the release of Malibu’s LS, LT, and LTZ trims, which should be happening very soon, shoppers will have expanded options to choose from. Chevy is offering a pair of standard gasoline engines to go alongside the eAssist 2.4 liter; you’ll be able to choose from either a 2.5 liter worth 1917 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. or a 2.0 liter turbo engine that packs in 259 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft.
Also, as expected, additional Malibu safety tech will be available in the form of lane departure warning & forward collision alert systems, as well as up to 10 airbags.
Chevrolet Malibu Eco Summary
Economy, class, and technology- the 2013 Malibu Eco has enough to be considered a top pick in the family sedan segment. The only problem is whether or not to wait for the other trims to come out for comparison reasons. Certainly you won’t be disappointed if you want to live in the now and snatch up the Eco. Patience or not, get over to CarWoo! to make the buying process your easiest decision