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2013 Chevy Malibu SA Hybrid

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Review

(0 Stars)  A sleeker, more svelte mid-size sedan.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The all-new 2013 Malibu, initially available only in Eco hybrid form, can now be had with a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an as-yet-untested 2.0-liter turbo four. The base engine is offered across all trim levels; the availability of the turbo had not been announced as of our publication date.
Overview
The 2013 Malibu began its slow rollout in early 2012 and now, almost nine months later, is finally a fully launched new model that Chevy plans to sell in 100 markets worldwide. Its exterior design is largely evolutionary, but it’s noticeably sleeker—minus the questionable Camaro-inspired rear fascia—with cleaner lines and a wider stance. Chevy designers would probably like to take all the credit, but the Malibu’s more svelte profile was also influenced by engineers who logged hundreds of hours in the wind tunnel in an effort to improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Fresh hardware is under the hood, too, with an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a more-efficient six-speed automatic. There’s also the Malibu Eco with GM’s eAssist system—a lithium-ion battery provides supplemental power—hooked to a smaller 2.4-liter four. Its 37-mpg highway rating is decent but doesn’t come close to that of its hybrid competitors. A 2.0-liter turbo that produces 259 hp rounds out the engine roster. The cabin received an update as well and, although its dual-cockpit style might not be to everyone’s taste, high quality materials abound. On the road, the new Malibu is not a revelation, but its supple ride, confident handling, and well-crafted interior help keep it competitive in the tough mid-size-sedan segment.

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2013 Malibu SA Hybrid Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L Ecotec in-line 4 OHC and variable valve timing
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 25 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 458 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
15.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 182 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 172 ft lb of torque @ 4,900 rpm
Secondary power: 182 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 172 lb ft @ 4,900 rpm

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'13 Chevy SA Hybrid Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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