|2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco|
|The Auto Zone News|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:27|
For 2013 Chevrolet’s newly designed Malibu has made great strides, not only just stepping up its game. Chevy has created a contender for the top spot in the midsize sedan market. It is now positioned to take on the likes of Accord, Hyundai, Ford and Passant. Yes, I said it, the Japanese, the Koreans, and the Germans.
First, the new Malibu has been redesigned both inside and out. On the outside the look is more upscale and refined, while still maintaining the unmistakable look of a Chevrolet. New features include Active front lower grille aero shutters, projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control, body color heated outside mirrors, body color fin-type combined OnStar/Satellite Radio antenna, and intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades.
On the inside is where you really notice that Malibu has been advanced. More room front and rear. Beautiful soft-touch contrasting color materials, high-quality switchgear, touch screen controls, and silence from new sound-blocking and sound-absorbing materials that make this the quietest Chevrolet ever.
My tester was the Malibu Eco a mild-hybrid, that uses an electric motor to boost performance and to power the Malibu when stopped. A seamless action called eAssist.
Power is generated for the Malibu Eco by way of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, direct injection and eAssist ethnology. A six-speed automatic transmission helps produce 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.
Standard Interior Content includes: MyLink Touch Radio, Air (dual-zone automatic), AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack, Seven-inch-diagonal LED color touch screen with hidden and illuminated storage, USB port, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Pioneer eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Remote keyless entry, Power door and window locks, Driver information center, Tilt and telescopic steering column, Steering wheel audio and cruise controls, Ice blue ambient lighting, Drivers foot rest, Overhead console, Compass display, two auxiliary power outlets, and rear center arm rest with storage.
My time spent driving the new Malibu was a complete joy thanks to the quiet cabin, composed handling and the variety of entertainment options offered to fight off road boredom.
The Eco’s quasi-hybrid system operated seamlessly never letting the driver or passengers know it is there, for example when the engine shuts off automatically when you stop, you don’t get as much as a shudder when it turns back on like in most other systems.
Base price of my Malibu Eco was $26,845.
Optional Equipment on my tester included a Leather Package: leather appointed seat trim, driver and front passenger heated seats ($1,000). Crystal Red Tint-coat paint ($325). Cocoa Fashion seat Trim ($150). Destination Charges $760.
As tested price of my 2013 Malibu Eco – $29,080.
Fuel numbers are 25 miles-per-gallon city and 37 miles-per-gallon highway on Regular Fuel.