2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review: Car Reviews

13 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review: Car Reviews
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Chevy doesn’t call it a and based on the fuel economy, agree


1. At only the Eco model will be with an eAssist hybrid that adds 15 extra to the 2.4L 4-cylinder, which 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.

2. Fuel is rated at 25/37 mpg city/highway a 29 mpg average.

3. In 2012 Chevy also offer a base 4-cylidner and a turbocharged 2.0-liter.

4. a reduction in the drag coefficient .35 to .30 over the previous Malibu, says this amounts to as as a 2.5 mpg improvement in highway driving.

5. Eco will start from including a $760 destination

Exterior road noise is all but and perhaps the best example we across was when we found next to a diesel pickup which was pulling a load, up a steep hill. After along in near-silence it was surprising to detect an outside noise. the window for a second revealed an unholy racket.

Closing it shut out the outside world completely.

In almost all other the new Malibu has been improved, we’d be hard pressed to it segment-leading.


Matching the premium-level quietness of the is a comfortable ride and one that substantial on the road. Contributing to is a notably wider body and gaining two inches in thickness. It less like a mid-size and like a full size an advantage on the highway but a drawback town.

A contributing factor is the hood (a requirement of global safety requirements), which the perception that there’s a deal of car out in front.

By comparison, a and Sonata (both hybrids we add) that Chevy out as a competitive test set felt and nimble in a brief test around downtown. The likely here is that the Malibu has a shorter wheelbase, while roughly two inches longer

On windier roads the Malibu excites and ‘confident’ isn’t a we’d use to describe it mid-corner. handling in a mid-size sedan matter though?

It feels than its 3,620 lb curb would suggest, that the listed poundage for our hybrid Eco test car – the only model at launch. That number us as, traditionally, it’s a completely weight for a car of this class, one without a bunch of heavy components to lug around. Of note, many other automakers made considerably strides to cut from their mid-size with the Sonata and Camry tipping the scales at 3,578 and respectively.


to the car’s perception of size the driver’s seat is a narrow windscreen and special mirrors Chevy will tell you considerably in achieving a low 0.30 of drag, but which also off into a point, thereby your view. It’s from these gripes Chevy did more than borrow the Camaro’s taillights designing this car.

it’s handsome enough, but no minimalist a styling update the new Toyota Camry. There’s a bangle-… rear end and lots of behind the rear doors, it look substantial when That trunk design, paired with sloping roof, does give the car a appearance and we’d argue the best side is its backside.

there are notable Camaro borrowed as well, from the gauges to some silvery plastic around the center which we’re at least is used much more here than in the Camaro. of the buttons and controls are standard from the all-too familiar buttons and stalks to the Cruze-esque wheel – something we quite It’s one of the few efforts made to the car’s feeling of size.

Perhaps the car’s target will disagree, but we were by the faux wood trim on the stack and doors. The chrome was equally old-manish. At night, the interior is transformed, however, plenty of ambient lighting a polish glow to the cabin and

The standard cloth seats are quite pleasing to the eye, the optional leather is a reminder GM still buys its cows the Fisher Price farm.


highlights include a new display between the speedometer and tachometer trip information and other car It does plenty to improve the value” of the car. In addition, the new easy-to-use Chevrolet MyLink which comes standard on the Eco .

An incredibly easy to use touch-screen flips up to reveal a cubby to your cell phone), a familiar route to in-car moving away from a service to one that is tethered to smartphone. As a result, you don’t to pay a monthly fee, other what you use on your cell If you listen to music on your it doesn’t cost a penny, and if you music from services Pandora it uses your data plan.

That might sound it can get expensive, but a company rep informed us its designed so users who don’t go over their monthly likely won’t get pushed as a result of streaming music.

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with some more features that only the one of techies will ever MyLink also downloads phone’s contacts list so you can use command to call anyone on list.


While will eventually offer a 4-cylinder version later in as well as turbocharged 2.0-liter as a V6 the current offering is limited to the hybrid – although GM doesn’t to use that name.

The “H” word appear anywhere on the car and that’s of a GM marketing strategy that to sell the Malibu on its merits as a not as a hybrid. It also helps lumping it into a niche – a that, it just so happens, the lags behind in fuel Instead, GM calls it an Eco model, the brand’s eAssist electric and lithium ion battery pack to a 182-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder direct injection.

The battery is juiced up through braking, enabling a total of 15 horsepower to help give the car an nudge. This allowed engineers to adjust the car’s drive ratio to a 2.64, would otherwise hamper to a sever degree, but that is then solved with a mild electric assist.

advantages are found in the use of a start-stop as well as by offsetting the energy by the accessories, by only charging when it’s efficient to do so.

The is fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 37 mpg and an average of 29 mpg. Solid for a mid-size sedan, yes, vastly inferior to the Camry-Hybrid’s 41-mpg rating. In our test we saw 19 mpg and 26 in mixed driving.

As for acceleration, GM a respectable 8.7 second 0-60 and we’d argue that power isn’t needed, if it doesn’t feel quite as as the Sonata or Camry.

As for the rest of the vehicle, the rear are large enough for full adults, even if they look that large – due to the use of seat cushions. Trunk is 14.3 cu-ft, which is an ok until you realize the Cruze 15.4 cu-ft.

As a family GM is putting a lot of focus on safety the new Malibu, which has already a 5 Star Euro NCAP and is expected to earn top marks in the A total of eight airbags are with two more optional and GM eventually offer the car with safety systems like alert and lane departure


The new Malibu is smooth and It’s apparent that GM great pains to improve the NVH (noise vibration and harshness) and it We found the driving characteristics to be but depending on what your preference is, it might be perfect for

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