Berlin City Chevrolet
in Gorham, New Hampshire
is proud to offer the all new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. What is it?
Earlier this year, Chevrolet introduced the 2013 Malibu Eco
with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and 15-kilowatt-hour electric motor. But Chevy expects that Malibus powered by the all-new Ecotec
2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine will account for the bulk of the car'ssales volume, and those Malibus go on sale this summer.
The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine was developed with power,efficiency and quietness in mind, according to Chevrolet. Theengine produces 197 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, while achieving an EPA estimated 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpgon the highway. Engine noise was reduced by 40 percent compared with the current 2.4-liter, four-cylinder found in the Malibu Eco, the automaker says.What is it like to drive?
Like the 2013 Malibu Eco
that we tested last December, the 2.5-liter-powered Malibu was quiet on the road when cruising at highway speeds with the windows up. Chevy added multiple layers of sound-deadening materials in every area around the cabin. In truth, the only time that engine noise and road noise were truly noticeable was during heavy acceleration. On heavy application of the throttle?merging on the highway or making a pass on a two-lane road?the engine showed a decent amount of grunt and responsiveness for a four-cylinder engine.
The six-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and responded to our pedal mashing with the little bit of lag that is common to nearly all automatic gearboxes. The steering system provided good feel, and the chassis was tight. We didn't do any performance driving in the Malibu, but the 3,500-pound top-of-the-line LTZ-trimmed model we were driving handled everyday driving
maneuvers comfortably.Do I want it?
If a midsize sedan with enough power for everyday driving and solid fuel-economy numbers is what you're lookingfor, then the 2013 Malibu
is worth checking out. But if you want more performance, you'd be wise to wait for the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, set to hit showrooms this fall.
With three trim levels?LS, LT and LTZ?the Malibu is priced from $23,000 to $28,000, but adding optional equipment can bump the price tag closer to $30,000. Regardless of price, you're getting a nice-driving, comfortable midsize sedan in the Malibu.
For additional information about the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco please fill out the contact form at the upper right and one of our sales guides will contact you shortly or you can visit our dealership at 545 Main Street
in Gorham, New Hampshire.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
BASE PRICE: $23,150
DRIVETRAIN: 2.5-liter, 197-hp, 191-lb-ft I4;
FWD, six-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT: 3,393-3,547 lb
FUEL ECONOMY (EPA): 22/34 mpgBy: Brad Constant on 8/03/2012