2013 Chevy Malibu Summary
The 2013 Malibu has an international look about it while not being either outlandish or overdone.It looks both modern and nicely understated, The interior, like the exterior, is handsome and, for a Chevrolet, pleasingly elegant. The 2013 Malibu is reasonably roomy, handsomely styled, and most of all, a convincing contemporary American.
The front seats are spacious. The trunk has a class-leading 16.3 cubic feet of space. The wrap-around dash is illuminated with blue instruments, being easy to read. There are plenty of features like full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, and a touchscreen infotainment interface that control Bluetooth phone connectivity, the OnStar system, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and satellite audio. Nice trim level, leather upholstery and leather wrapping for the steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded audio system, and iPod/USB interface. The MyLink system is available as an integrated method of controlling all audio and communication devices.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu shines when it comes to safety, with plenty of accident prevention features available as well as crash response options. In the field of accident prevention, an electronic stability control system with braking assist is standard, as are anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitor. 10 air bags are also standard, including knee and thorax airbags in terms of injury prevention, and GM’s OnStar system with Automatic Crash Response is equpped. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is structurally sound, scoring high in in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Malibu five out of a five stars for overall rating, including five out of five stars for front- and side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concurred, giving the Malibu a score of “Good” in all tests and giving the Malibu the Top Safety Pick award.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is front wheel drive and runs the power through a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu incorporates electric power steering, which in this vehicle is ahead of much of the competition. Where many vehicles with electric steer feel light and detached, the Malibu has good response and feedback, while being precise. The suspension lets the steering down though, as the steering is felt throughout the entire car. There is a moderate amount of body roll, and it often loses composure. Braking is very good in the Malibu however.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Malibu LS, LT and LTZ trims are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco are 25/37/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The new 2013 Chevy Malibu is equipped with 8 air bags, traction and stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, brake fade assist, cornering brake control, and drag torque control, which prevents the driven wheels from locking on slippery surfaces under the influence of engine braking. OnStar telematics is activated, and includes Automatic Crash Notification service. Includes forward-collision warning system, and a rear vision camera system.