2013 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The 2013 Chevy Malibu has most of the things consumers look for in a modern mid-sized sedan. It’s sleek, stylish, fuel-efficient and affordable. In fact, most consumers will be pleased – and astonished – to know that this years Malibu starts at just $22,390. It comes available to potential car buyers in 11 flattering colors and can attain a shockingly high 37 MPG on the highway! If that’s not fuel efficient then we don’t know what is. On Kelley Blue Book, the 2013 Malibu received a consumer rating of 8.7 out of 10 points. This years Malibu is also available in hybrid, with the Eco models. Like many modern cars on the road today, the 2013 Chevy Malibu comes equipped with bi-xenon headlights. These headlights provide nearly 3 times better illumination than standard HID lamps. While the exterior design of the Malibu is fairly average, the interior is lavishly decked out.

You wouldn’t expect a vehicle that starts at just over $22,000 to be very luxurious on the interior, however Chevy managed to make it so with the 2013 Malibu. The first thing consumers will notice is the ambient lighting that provides a very welcoming, upscale, yet subtle improvement in appearance. The Malibu also has available leather seating, although most models come with comfortable cloth seats. This mid-sized sedan comes with a screen through which consumers can play radio, MP3 or CDs. Dual-zone climate control will allow the driver and front passenger to select individual temperature and climate settings. This feature is especially helpful on long road trips where two people can’t seem to agree on a temperature. It also has an available sun roof and 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Consumers have said that the rear legroom is more than adequate for the average adult; something not often found in mid-sized sedans. Another thing that consumers are praising the 2013 Malibu for are the incredibly comfortable seats. Chevy has managed to provide some of the best seats in the industry (in terms of comfort) for a very reasonable price. No matter the model you choose, rest assured that your bottom will be comfortable in this years Malibu. Another cool feature is the storage space that is located behind the GPS navigation screen. The space is large enough to accommodate a small purse and can easily hold sunglasses, wallets or other items.

There are 3 engine options that come with the 2013 Chevy Malibu. The premier engine option is the 2.0-liter turbocharged dual overhead camshaft, 4-cylinder SIDI engine with Variable Valve Timing, with 259 horsepower and lbs./ft. of torque at 5,200 RPM. The second engine option is a slightly less powerfulECOTEC 2.4-liter dual overhead camshaft 4-cylinder direct injection engine with a meager 182 horses 171 lbs./ft. of torque. The third option is a 2.5-liter dual overhead camshaft, 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing. All models come with a MacPherson strut front suspension, coupled with a Four-Link rear suspension. This suspension system makes for a very comfortable and smooth ride, wherever your travels may take you. Some consumers do complain about the lack of power, however the Malibu was designed to attain incredible fuel economy, not necessarily provide a lot of power. The 37 MPG on the highway and 25 around town make the Malibu one of the leading competitors in its class. Regenerative braking, electronic assist and a lithium-ion battery all help cut down on fuel efficiency.

The manufacturer also made safety a top concern when creating the 2013 Chevy Malibu. The cabin is stuffed with airbags. In fact, in the unfortunate event of a collision, the occupants of the car will appear to be stuffed like sardines, due to the amount of protective airbags. The Malibu also comes with Electronic Stability Control from StabiliTrak, so consumers can rest assured knowing their vehicle is equipped to handle even the most hazardous of road conditions. Visibility inside the cabin of the Malibu is another thing that consumers and test drivers really like about this sedan. There is almost no blind spot on the side, due to the immense amount of visibility. This alone makes the Malibu a very safe car to have on the road.

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