If you're counting pennies, you may have noticed the new model is around $280 more expensive than its predecessor. The entry price also sticks the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu above competitors like the 2012 Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, though 2013 pricing is still missing on all of those models.
There is good news for buyers looking to snag a loaded Malibu, however. Top LTZ trim now starts at $28,590, which is a full $770 less expensive than last year. Stepping up to the new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in LTZ trim will set you back $30,925, however. The engine cranks out 259 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Check the full press release below for more information.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu priced from $23,150, including destination charge
DETROIT – When the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan goes on sale this summer with an all-new 2.5L Ecotec engine and 10 standard air bags, it will carry a suggested retail price of $23,150, including a $760 destination charge.
The midsize segment's longest-running nameplate, the 2013 Malibu is available in LS, Eco, LT and LTZ models. Malibu Eco went on sale earlier this year, to be followed by the LS, LT and LTZ models. An all-new turbocharged Malibu LTZ will be available this fall – the first-ever turbocharged Malibu.
The base prices for all Malibu models – with a $760 destination charge – are:
LS (1LS trim): $23,150
LT (1LT trim): $24,765
LT (2LT trim): $26,000
Eco (1SA trim): $26,095
Eco (2SA trim): $27,705
LT (3LT trim with turbo): $27,710
LTZ (1LZ trim): $28,590
LTZ (2LZ trim with turbo): $30,925
The starting price represents a modest increase over the 2012 Malibu, at $22,870, but includes more content, features, safety equipment and technology. The base prices are lower for the uplevel LTZ models, which include all-new features such as Chevrolet MyLink with a seven-inch color-touch LCD screen, color LCD driver information center and dual-zone automatic climate controls.
The 2012 Malibu was the highest-performing midsize car in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM announced Wednesday.
All 2013 Malibu models deliver more cabin space, a quieter driving experience and greater performance from the new Ecotec 2.5L engine. It is standard in LS, LT and LTZ models (an Ecotec 2.4L eAssist is standard in Malibu Eco) and rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW) – nearly 17 percent more than the previous model. Its fuel economy will be competitive for the segment, with highway mileage expected to approach the mid-30s.
The 2013 Malibu lineup also offers greater safety, with 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
All models are covered by a transferrable five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.
Standard powertrain and chassis content:
Ecotec 2.5L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing, rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW)
Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Panic brake assist
Electronic park brake
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
MacPherson strut front suspension
Four-link rear suspension
Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels
Standard exterior content:
Active front lower grille aero shutters (LS, Eco, 3LT Turbo)
Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades
Standard interior content:
Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three-month trial period)
Six-speaker sound system
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Remote keyless entry
Power windows with express down feature
Power door and window locks
Driver information center
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
Two auxiliary power outlets
Rear center armrest with storage
Standard safety content:
Ten standard air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags, driver and front passenger thorax side-impact air bags, driver and front passenger knee air bags and head curtain side-impact air bags (front and rear outboard seating positions) and rear outboard thorax side-impact air bags
Safety belt pretensioners
Tire pressure monitoring system
OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections service, including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock and more
In addition to the content included on LS models, Eco, LT and LTZ models add:
Seven-inch color touch-screen with concealed storage behind it
Chevrolet MyLink connected radio
Bluetooth streaming audio for select phones
USB port and auxiliary input jack
Ice-blue ambient lighting
Dual-zone automatic climate control (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)
Color driver information center (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)
On 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models, an available advanced safety package adds Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A leather package for Eco (2SA) and LT (2LT/3LT) adds leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats.
On LTZ, the following features are also standard:
Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
Dual exhaust with bright chrome accents
Silver grille insert
Chrome door handles
Heated front seats
Eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with power lumbar
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Power sunroof (2LZ)
An available premium package on the LTZ adds passive entry/keyless access, push-button starting, high-intensity discharge headlamps and driver's memory seat and mirrors. Nineteen-inch wheels are also available.
Silver Ice Metallic
Black Granite Metallic
Blue Topaz Metallic
Crystal Red Tintcoat
White Diamond Tricoat
Taupe Gray Metallic
Atlantis Blue Metallic
Champagne Silver Metallic
Interior Color/Trim Choices:
The Malibu Eco is Chevrolet's most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors' eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.
All-new turbocharged powertrain
Malibu's first-ever turbocharged powertrain is offered on LT and LTZ. The Ecotec 2.0L turbo is SAE-certified at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). Its peak torque is sustained from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm – a broad range that provides an immediate feeling of power in all driving conditions and helps produce 0-60 performance in 6.3 seconds.
The 2013 Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and will serve as a flagship Chevrolet midsize in many parts of the world. The Malibu is built in multiple locations including the United States, China and Korea. In North America, Malibu is built at the Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants.