The Malibu is receiving a new engine this year, meant to spice-up the sedan. The four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is the most powerful in the Malibu range, and puts out 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which allows the Malibu to reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. For those interested in the Malibu’s fuel economy, the Turbo model has the worst EPA fuel ratings of the range with 21/30 mpg City/Highway and 24 combined.
The Malibu Turbo comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control to change gears yourself. In terms of equipment, the Malibu Turbo comes in two trims. The $27,710 LT, includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, Chevy’s MyLink touch screen radio, Bluetooth, USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, eight-way power driver seat, adjustable telescoping steering column with steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control and ‘Ice-blue’ ambient lighting. The fully loaded LTZ model includes everything in the LT model, and adds LED tail lamps, leather seats, heated front seats, and is available with 19-inch aluminum wheels. The LTZ costs $30,925.
The Malibu Turbo features all the superb safety features that make the standard Malibu so popular. It features 10 standard air bags, and has an available rearview camera system, forward collision alert and lane departure warning. The Malibu also features StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which uses cornering brake control and brake assist.
To help show off the Malibu Turbo’s performance, Chevrolet included this video of the car testing at the Milford Proving Grounds. To learn more about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, read our review
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