General Motors has officially released pricing for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The base LS model starts at $23,150 including a $760 destination fee. The entry-level Malibu bows with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower that's also found in LT and LTZ models. While the Environmental Protection Agency hasn't released official figures as of yet, GM expects the sedan to yield fuel economy in the mid 30s thanks in part to the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

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.
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More Content, Value for Base Malibu; Lower Price for LTZ

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:

Air conditioning
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
Cruise control
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
Driver's footrest
Overhead console
Compass display
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

Uplevel features:

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:

LED taillamps
Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
Dual exhaust with bright chrome accents
Silver grille insert
Fog lamps
Chrome door handles
Leather-appointed seats
Heated front seats
Eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with power lumbar
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Remote start
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.

Exterior Colors:

Silver Ice Metallic
Black
Black Granite Metallic
Blue Topaz Metallic
Summit White
Crystal Red Tintcoat
White Diamond Tricoat
Taupe Gray Metallic
Atlantis Blue Metallic
Champagne Silver Metallic

Interior Color/Trim Choices:

Jet Black
Jet Black/Titanium
Jet Black/Brownstone
Cocoa/Light Neutral

Malibu Eco

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.


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      Bruno Antonio Arigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      the starting price for a 2012 malibu. I believe it's built in one of Ontario's chevy plants. Our canadian dollar is roughly at .97 cents to your american dollar. (1.00 Canadian Dollar = 0.9729 U.S. Dollar today). A 2012 malibu LTZ =$34,205 MSRP* before taxes, destination, etc. I like the 2012 model and i think the 2013 is a great improvement, esp with a regular new 197 HP 4 cylinder engine. I guess i keep my 2004 honda civic si coupe for awhile longer tho....it's crazy living in Vancouver just trying to survive all the horrendous taxes, rents, mortgages and weekly bills.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Antonio Arigan
        The current Malibu is built at the Kansas City plant, IIRC. The new one will be built there and at another US plant.
          BRUNO ANTONIO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          THANKS CARGUY, you are correct. Sure is a good looking car inside and out. Hopefully it is reliable and trouble free as good as it looks. Maybe i get lucky and win a portion of the $50 million lottery jackpot on tonite's draw. I might just buy a used one, who knows? :)
        Bruno Antonio Arigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bruno Antonio Arigan
        autoblog blocked my posting the chevy website i tried posting it with the starting price...$24,125 MSRP for a 2012 malibu.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pricing news release must be old; I saw one (with plates) on Monday. Not at all impressed. Entire rear and tail lights are even uglier in person. A-pllar onto hood doesn't blend well. Interior might look good in upper/leather trim, but in fabric car it wasn't overly impressive.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Karl T
        Why is it old. Standard Malibu's aren't out yet. The Eco model has been out awhile, but that's the only trim level you could buy. This is pricing for the rest of the lineup that's not released yet. Any further questions?
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I made a strategic mistake in pushing out the Malibu eco first instead of one launch. It is a weak version and it was savaged by auto critics and had not fared well in comparison tests and they didn't even include the new Fusion or Altima or upcoming Accord. Chevrolet has really taken a step back with the redesign of the Malibu with inefficient interior packaging and a new but tired exterior - you have to wonder if it bad old GM habits are resurfacing and sinking the recently righted ship.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      why does these look like the 2010 maxima rims
      fartcanman
      • 2 Years Ago
      24k for a POS GM product which will have a cheap interior, handle and perform like a school bus, and fall apart at 20k miles, like all American cars. No thanks. I'd much rather have an Accord, Camry, Sonata, Altima, Galant, or Legacy.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        Not even a Mitsubishi executive would rather have a Galant.
        1STH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        i'd rather have tertiary syphilis than to drive around in an "Accord, Camry, Sonata, Altima, Galant, or Legacy".
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        While I don't disagree with the majority of your rant, you completely lost me when you included the Galant in your list.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        That's because in essence, this car is another GM-DAT developed product which replaced the Epica worldwide.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          You're right -- what was I thinking? I'm not surprised you wouldn't claim this as German or European at all -- it's a Chevrolet. I'm going to apply your logic, though. Result: THIS IS A GERMAN CAR, DESIGNED IN GERMANY, BY GERMANS. (For those of you reading, I do not actually believe this is a German car -- just using the example aatbloke has previously shown for determining how to allocate credit for an automobile. If any part of a vehicle is designed in Europe, then the vehicle is European. If any part of the car is designed in America or Asia, then either it's crap (or sometimes ignore that part and still claim it as European).)
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "You're right -- what was I thinking? I'm not surprised you wouldn't claim this as German or European at all -- it's a Chevrolet. I'm going to apply your logic, though. Result: THIS IS A GERMAN CAR, DESIGNED IN GERMANY, BY GERMANS." You're out of school for the summer, evidently. If all this boils back to the Verano discussion, you ought to know that the three box Astras were late to the European market in both of the last two generations, when GME decided that they would not be offered to all European countries such as the UK. Prior to that, the saloons debuted just moths after the hatchback alongside the estates. But you ought to know that the Verano/Excelle was always a three-box Astra developed in Germany. Now, you may not have much experience in the University of Life, but take it from someone who does. Because you lead a very sheltered, very insecure, very isolationist, very unworldly, very rose-tinted, and very naive life.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "No, it was originally an Opel... GMDAT started building the car in Korea first, but the reskinning of the Opel Insignia was done by GMNA Design Studio in Warren, MI." Delta II and Epsilon II are both Opel platforms; the Cruze and Malibu are both GM-DAT designs which replaced the Lacetti/Nubira and Tosca/Epica products worldwide which were both some 6-7 years into their production cycles and due for replacement. Given GM's stance now on globalising its North American products, it chose to replace the Cobalt and Malibu respectively with these products, a move which brings GM in line with almost every other major manufacturer which offers its products globally.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Sadly, we have more in common than you care to admit. I am not a teenager though I appreciate that you find my spirit so jovial. It's unfortunate you attack my parents' parenting. I find it to have been quite good so far. I do not have multiple 'egos' on here. By the way, I looked up the University of Life (www.uoflife.com). I hope you have a real education and not just one of their free self-print diplomas." Here's what you fail to understand - I only make posts concerning cars I actually have some knowledge about and/ord experience of. That includes precious few American cars, because I've never had much of an interest in American cars apart from their glory days of the 50s and 60s. As such, if there's a post concerning a Mustang, for example, I'm not likely to comment on it unless it's a mere opinion as to its looks. As for "University of Life" this term in the UK is used to denote the experiences one has in one's life of adulthood in the big, wide world post-University or other schooling. I myself finished Uni in 1989, worked for a large East Midlands independent until 1996, and then joined a multinational concern with whom I travelled extensively. With cars being a personal passion of mine, this has enabled me to own and experience many models in specifications from both side of the Atlantic. I believe it's fortunate for me to have the facility to fulfil such a passion. I firmly believe that many kids these days are selfish, rude, disrespectful and arrogant and that comes from ambivolent parenting. Consequently as each generation passes, society goes further down the toilet. It's a huge problem in America with kids frequently even shooting up schools - the recent attack on a school in Chardon, Ohio was a particularly close call. Many parents choose to wrap their kids in cotton wool and the teaching profession these days has none of the balls it used to have. I've seen this first hand many times and many other people of my age share the same views. Thank goodness my kids haven't turned out to become the same kind of unworldly, arrogant buffoons that it's easy to encounter on these boards.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Wasp. ... I have nothing in common with a naive, arrogant teenager such as yourself who has yet to accomplish a fraction of what myself or any other adult professional has achieved in life, University, or in their professional qualifications. Your lack of automotive knowledge is really quite laughable. If you want to learn something about the reality behind many cars on the market, you'd do well to listen to me or anyone familiar with the industry. But people like you go through school thinking they know it all, only to fail in the big wide world. Seen it many times before with your kind, and it ultimately boils down to ambivalent parenting. Good luck to you, because it today's competitive world, the likes of you and your various alter egos on here are going to sorely need it.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Sadly, we have more in common than you care to admit. I am not a teenager though I appreciate that you find my spirit so jovial. It's unfortunate you attack my parents' parenting. I find it to have been quite good so far. I do not have multiple 'egos' on here. By the way, I looked up the University of Life (www.uoflife.com). I hope you have a real education and not just one of their free self-print diplomas. @Jerry, thank you for interjecting some reasonable discussion.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I'm surprised you wouldn't claim it as German.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        While I don't disagree with the majority of your rant, you completely lost me when you included the Galant in your list.
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @QCRamAir
          Double post, however that happened. Gotta love AB's commenting system.
        Yeah yeah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        Well, I don't know that I'd rather have a Galant... Seem odd that they can afford to have what looks like it will be a higher price than the competition for this car. But perhaps it's just a higher sticker price to give them room to have a rebate to draw in buyers while still turning a profit.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fartcanman
        >Galant You're in a minority if you want that heap.
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw this at the LA Auto Show, another egg from GM.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        Did you expect anything less when they were benchmarking it against the previous gen Malibu instead of its competitors?
          mapoftazifosho
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          "GM has said that it when came to benchmarking vehicles for the next-generation Malibu, the company specifically looked inward with the aim of bettering the old model instead of besting the competition." http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/19/2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco-first-drive-review/
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          They may have benchmarked their own car (stupid move), but the design team seemem to have been studying the '07 Camry even during their off-hours. Looking at the '13 Malibu's profile, I sometimes have to do a double-check just to make sure I'm looking at the new Malibu and not the old Camry. Take that old Camry, throw in a bulbous front end, nasty taillights that look completely out of place with the rest of the car, and an even more Bangle-butt rear end (the '07 Camry had a bit of one), and voila: '13 Malibu.
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          That is a line of marketing BS. They knew it was beat in 2010 when the IVERs were benchmarked against the 2010 Sonata, Camry, and even the 2010 Malibu. Alarms went off internally, but Lt. Dan still decided that it needed to pulled ahead a year. None of the middle management had the jewels to fight back.
      Bobulated
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Fusion looks so much fresher and contemporary than this. Unfortunately GM has continued their practice of using the copy and paste function then warping elements from other vehicles to somehow come up with something at once more dated and boring than the original. Then on top of that they're actually charging more than better quality competitors? Good luck with that business model, the taxpayers will be bailing them out again sooner than later.
        TahsinZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobulated
        Agreed. Who at GM thought that Chevy corporate grill + vaguely Camry-ish profile + Camaro tailights would equal a cohesive design?
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TahsinZ
          They sit in Warren, MI at GM design studio. Send them a letter... In their defense, they were handed the Opel Insignia and had to try to polish that turd into the new Malibu. Kind of like making antique furniture out of particle board...
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TahsinZ
          Did you notice the GM Design Studio shakeup last week? http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/18/general-motors-design-ranks-get-big-overhaul/ Dave Lyon was the head of Global Epsilon styling over there. Now they are shipping him of to the sinking USS Opel. Punishment maybe?
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one the freeway, it looks really really great...
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      i dont like the way this car looks one bit the 2010 malibu still looks better than this inculding the interior nissan,ford, maybe toyota, honda have nothing to worry about
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Agreed. They'll all have their competition to keep them on their toes, but I think it's safe to say that, thanks to the '13 Malibu, they've all got one less thing to worry about.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen a couple of these in person and while I feel they look better than they do in photos... they don't quite have that "flair" that I could see anyone under the age of 40 really going for. The styling almost looks too mature and safe... for lack of a better term. The 2008 car seemed to be a little more relevant in the styling department when it debuted. Long story short, I feel like the upcoming Altima and Fusion are going to absolutely own it before it gets a redesign. Even the Camry (which isn't a clean sheet redesign) looks a little better, IMO. :-/
      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Invisible next to the Fusion
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        You're holding the Malibu up to an impossible standard. The new Fusion is going to make every mid-size vehicle invisible for years to come. How do I know/? (Import) Autoblog reporting on it is very thin. But in fairness, there is just so much Scion FRS, Subie BRZ and Nissan Juke information that needs to be disseminated here. Puke
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Invisible in an empty parking lot.
      L14t
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will say, in person this car looks great until you get to the back. I'm a Chevy fan but I would never own this car.
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