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.
"Very comfortable ride and easy to maintain. Reasonable expense.
Best style. Easy to drive. Very quiet."
The blue lights outlying the dashboard. The leather interior is like new 8 yrs. later. Comfortable seats adjust giving back support. Great ride for trips. Very quiet Eco engine. The best gas mileage at 36 mpg on hwy. 27 mpg in city. Best looking model Over today’s Malibu. Trunk button is very handy.
The blue light outline is unusual. Design is excellent. Leather adjustable seats makes a comfortable ride.
Good pickup for a four cyllinder
Easy to to enter and fits five easily.
Very reasonable to maintain. Gas mileage is the best. 36/37 on hwy.
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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Deals on CARFAX
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No Accidents or Damage Reports
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing
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The price range for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is $6,998 - $11,000.
The average selling price is $9,047.
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$22,155 - $29,700
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$6,998 - $11,000
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