Coming to dealerships this summer is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan, equipped with an all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine with a starting price of $23,150 including a $760 destination charge.
Trim levels for the new Malibu will be LS, Eco, LT, and LTZ, with the Eco having gone on sale earlier this year. The LS model is the base model, starting at the previously mentioned $23,150 price while the LT model will start at $24,765. The 2013 Eco model will start at $26,095 while the LT with the turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec will be priced from $27,710. Naturally aspirated LTZ model will start at $28,590 while the turbocharged LTZ will be priced from $30,925.
The first-ever turbocharged powertrain for the Malibu cranks out 259-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, helping it hit 60-mph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds.
While the starting price for the 2013 base model is slightly higher than the 2012 model year ($22,870), the new Malibu comes with plenty more content, features, safety equipment, and technology according to the American automaker. Performance enthusiasts should be happy however that the base price for the LTZ is lower for 2013.
The 2.5-liter Ecotec Malibus see a bump in horsepower to 197-hp, and Chevrolet estimates highway fuel economy to be around the mid-30s. The 2013 Malibu also comes with 10 airbags standard, and a rearview camera is available as an option along with Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu was the highest-performance midsize car in the recently released 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study.