Kicking off its eighth generation, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu no longer just blends in. Redesigned sheet metal, a roomy cabin, a spacious trunk and plenty of infotainment options highlight the all-new midsize sedan.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu seats five. It’s available in four main trims: LS, LT, LTZ and Eco. All models come with a four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu borrows some design cues from its Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette stablemates. A wider stance, broad shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler give the 2013 Malibu a more aggressive, athletic appearance. Tapered-in headlights are just one of the many design elements that aid aerodynamics. Body sculpting on its sides leads to a tidy rear end with oversized taillights. Base models ride on 16-inch alloy wheels.
Projector high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights also are standard. Xenon headlights and a sunroof are optional. Higher trims come with heated mirrors, fog lights and 17- or 18-inch wheels.
Step inside the 2013 Malibu, and you’ll be greeted by a surprisingly upscale cabin. There’s an abundance of soft-touch materials, and the fit and finish are impressive. The front seats are comfortable, yet supportive. The Malibu provides ample headroom, but legroom will be tight for taller passengers. The trunk offers a roomy 16.3 cubic feet of storage space, but the lithium-ion battery unique to the Eco trim reduces cargo capacity to 14.3 cubic feet.
Standard equipment includes power windows and door locks, air conditioning and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Move up to the LT trim line and you’ll get dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather seats, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Most 2013 Chevrolet Malibu trims come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg city/highway with this engine. An available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant provides 259 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The Eco is fitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s matched with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Combined, they generate 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The Malibu Eco’s fuel economy is a respectable 25/37 mpg city/highway. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The base four-cylinder engine provides more than enough zip for highway driving, including merging and passing maneuvers. Handling is precise and confident, and what you’d expect from a midsize family sedan. The Malibu adeptly soaks up bumps, providing a smooth and supple ride. The cabin stays quiet, even at interstate speeds.
The 2013 Malibu doesn’t lack for infotainment features. Base models are fitted with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. A navigation system is optional. Higher trims provide Chevrolet MyLink integration with voice controls and internet radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a iPod/USB interface, a nine-speaker Pioneer sound system, a remote garage door opener and a rearview camera.
By Jill Leonard (Last Updated 9/26/2018)
Jill Leonard is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She first started working on automotive stories at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she was a copy editor for more than 15 years. Sadly, despite reading hundreds of stories about vehicles, she still struggles to get her oil changed in a timely manner.
carfax.com has thousands of car dealers with used cars for sale
near zip code
User Reviews for 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
by Dame on July 8, 2019
"The backup camera is just a basic camera. There are no grid lines and the sun seems to always shine right on the camera so it's hard see. Other than that, it's a great car."
Key less ignition is the best feature! Very convenient not having to take my key out of my pocket. Driver's side memory settings is a nice feature. Interior is very comfortable and the finishes are nice
Nice looking car, it has a slightly higher stance so I can see ahead of the car in front of me. Key less lock/unlock for doors and trunk is convenient. Never need to take my keys out of my pocket.
259 hp and it's not at all sluggish
It's basically a 2 seater. There's very little leg room in the back seat. I'm only 5'7' and there isn't leg enough room for the rear passenger behind me. Also the trunk is small
Not a bad price, but it could be less expensive since the backseat doesn't fit adults.
"Very good car from 36K to about 70-80K then things kind of started going wrong and not in a oops let me just bandaid this and move along major systems needed replacing replaced the solenoids for the camshaft actuator at 78K miles but not too bad very uncomfortable seats liked the mpg seemed a little low in the city but highway was awesome i would buy one again only if i got it brand new but other than that the car was strong and got me through 44K miles pretty trouble free. RIP 2/15/19"
Bery uncomfotable seats started havjng back problems my grandma told me it was because i was too heavy but i never had back pain in a car before.
Sleek and fun to drive a little bit low mpg for a 4 banger peppy transmission was weak but engine was strong
Very good car when i owned it bought it 2 years used so itnwas beat off of lease from a young guy electrical problems started when i got the car
Cramped back leg room big trjnk space very nice mpg on the highway
Not too bad only started pouring money into it around 76-80K other than that basic upkeep maintanence was all it needed got the oil changes by the book
"We moved from a fully loaded Chevy Impala to the Malibu. It's a smaller car which is taking some getting used to and I can't get out of the car without the back of my slacks hitting the outside frame which for me is a design flaw. Other than that, it's comfortable, reasonably quiet and gets great gas mileage. The trunk is quite a bit smaller as well which I don't like. I was just spoiled by the Impala but the newer Impalas are even bigger than the one we had and we needed something smaller and with better gas mileage. "
It has a floor shift so for those of us with a purse, that's a problem. I have to put it in the back seat and it's hard to reach there.
Design lines are very nice.
So far so good. Not as quiet or as smooth a ride as the Impala but not bad.
It has outlets for 4 devices and is comfortable for a family of 4 or 3 with a car seat and baby.
We thought it was very reasonably priced and gets great mileage.
"This is a fair car, built too low in the front(always scraping everything)
It was a 4 cylinder engine, but not as good as my Honda Accord on gas mileage. Starter had to be replaced after 50,000 miles
The exterior looked good, inside was nice, and seating was good.
Beautiful paint, really shined in the sunlight
Bad gas mileage
Plenty of room inside
After several miles things started having to be replaced
CARFAX offers millions of used cars for sale nationwide. Every listing includes the vehicle history. The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
VEHICLE HISTORY SUMMARY
The Vehicle History Summary represents the percentage of cars available for sale on CARFAX that are reported to have no accidents or damage, had 1-owner, been used as a personal or personal lease car, and/or have service history information.
No Accidents or Damage Reports
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is $7,499 - $11,995.
The average selling price is $9,700.
The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$22,155 - $29,700
This is the price range for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$7,499 - $11,995
Average Selling Price
This is the range of CARFAX Values for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
CARFAX Vehicle History products and services are based only on information supplied to CARFAX. CARFAX does not have the complete history of every vehicle. Use the CARFAX search as one important tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.