Highlights: The Malibu is available with Chevy’s signature hybrid-like engine, which is known as eAssist. This hybrid-like fuel-saving technology is only available on the Eco model. With the eAssist engine, the Malibu is able to achieve 37-mpg on the highway. And, for the first time, the 2013 Malibu is only available with a 4-cylinder engine.
Test vehicle’s MSRP: $34,050 (Base Model starts at $22,805)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: 10-air bags (front, side, knee and head); ABS; an electronic parking brake; and a tire pressure monitoring system; electronic stability control; and OnStar safety concierge system
Standard Equipment: 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed transmission; electric power steering; tilt/telescopic steering wheel; rear armrest with storage; single-zone a/c; cruise control; and remote keyless entry
Standard Audio: a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with a CD player and a 3-mos. subscription to satellite radio
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 100,000 miles
Bluetooth Compatibility: Yes
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder/187-hp (LS model)
Recommended Fuel: Regular Unleaded
Standard Fuel Mileage: 22-city/34-hwy
Eco – eAssist hybrid-like technology
What’s New: For the 2013 model year, the eighth-generation Malibu has been restyled inside and out. Unlike the previous generation Malibu, this one is equipped with an available navigation system, an available rear back up camera, an adjustable sliding front center armrest and an available MyLink smartphone-like infotainment system. The 2013 Malibu also offers the latest high-tech safety features.