2013 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP $23,185 - $26,600

Ranked #7 in Sedan

7.6

Overall Rating

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With the Japanese ruling the mid-size sedan market on US soil, Chevrolet has come up with a redesigned Malibu for the 2013 model year and has improved drastically at least from the visual perspective. This car has landed with a few best-selling sedans in the segment. With the new aggressive and sharp exterior design, the Chevy Malibu can attract a few but what’s going inside will do the rest. 

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Pros

Upscale cabin

Advanced features

Comfortable ride

Rev happy engine

Cons

Sluggish Eco variant

Low rear legroom

What's New?

While the car gets major design changes, the chassis remains unchanged and so does the powertrain

The interiors get a lot of soft-touch materials and feel quite posh for the price

There is a new MHEV variant on offer which is called the Eco and is powered by the standard engine with an additional electric motor and both combined


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23185

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

107.8 in.

length

191.5 in.

width

73 in.

height

57.6 in.

curb weight

3439 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LT$23,185 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Chevrolet Malibu in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The interior of this sedan has been updated and has a lot better feel rather than the cheap plastics you would find in some other rivals. At the starting price of $21,995, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu gets a 2.4-liter engine putting out decent power figures, a decent fuel economy, and more updated electronics and features. It competes with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.


9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 Chevrolet Malibu Features

9.0/10

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in 4 main trims - LS, LT, Eco, LTZ, and 7 total sub-trims under LT, Eco, and LTZ. The LS is the base trim with a starting price of $21,995 and packs features like single-zone climate control, 6-speaker set up for audio, cruise control, 2-way power-adjustable driver seat, etc. The LT is further divided into 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT where the 3LT has a turbocharged engine. 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT come at $23,185, $24,890, and $26,600 respectively. 

The 2LT and 3LT possess a lot of additional creature comforts and electronics like 8-way power-adjustable seats, leather trims, Interior LED ambient lighting system, 17-inch split 5-spoke painted alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and SiriusXM. The next-in-line is the Eco which has a hybrid power set up and has two trims which are base and Premium audio. 

The base Eco with a price tag of $24,985 offers similar features to that of the LS and the higher trim which costs $26,595 is equipped with a premium audio setup and all the electronic goodies of the LT. The top-of-the-line LTZ shares two trims and both of them have all the top techs that are found on higher trims except for the powertrain on offer. The 2LZ with a price tag of $29,700 packs a more powerful turbocharged engine like the 3LT whereas the 1LZ which costs $27,365 has the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine.

Trim

LS

LT

Eco

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$21,995

$23,185- 26,600

$24,985-26,595

$27,365-29,700

Key Features

2.4-liter engine

Adds/upgrades from LS

Adds/upgrades from LS and LT

Full leather interiors

 

16-inch alloy wheels

18-inch 10-spoke painted alloy wheels

Mild-hybrid setup

8-way power driver and passenger seats

 

Halogen headlights

Premium cloth

9-speaker 250 watts audio system

Heated seats for both the driver and passenger

 

Cruise control

Leather steering wheel

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

 

manual air conditioning 

Remote trunk release

fog lights

2.0-liter turbocharged engine 

 

Cloth seats

Dual-zone automatic climate control

rearview camera

Dualexhaust system

 

Cruise control

8-way power driver seat

auto-dimming rearview mirror,

 
 

6-speaker audio system

2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4

   
 

Keyless entry

     

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Following the vast selection of trims, it is quite difficult to choose the best out of them. If you are someone who wants more value then the LT trim has all the features and a more powerful turbocharged motor exclusively with the 3LT. The first two trims are more feature-proved and come with leather parts inside the cabin while the third one is more for enthusiasts. The range starts from $23,185 and goes up to $26,600 for the top variant.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Chevrolet has equipped the Malibu with two engine options primarily. The base engine on offer is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 that churns out an impressive 197 hp and a grunty 191 lb-ft of torque. The other engine equipped on the higher trims is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 putting out 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The latter option has a sportier feel in the accelerations. 

Both the engines are mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and push power through the front wheels. There is another mild-hybrid option that has a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine and an electric motor and combined they produce 182 hp and 172 but improves on the fuel economy over the other gas engines. In terms of straight-line accelerations, the base engine does a decent job in putting a 60 mph mark on the cluster in just 7.9 seconds. 

Models

2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS

2013 Honda Accord LX

2013 Toyota Camry L

2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS

MSRP

$21,995

$22,480

$22,235

$21,195

Engine

2.5-liter inline 4

2.4-liter inline 4

2.5-liter inline 4

2.4-liter inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

197 @ 6,300 RPM

185 @ 6,400 RPM

178 @ 6,000 RPM

200 @ 6,300 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

191 @ 4,400 RPM

181 @ 3,900 RPM

170 @ 4.100 RPM

186 @ 4,250 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9

7.6

8.1

7.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.9

16.2

16.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

125

120

130

120

The Hyundai and Chevrolet lead the competition in terms of raw power and are followed by the Honda. Meanwhile, the Honda is the fastest sedan which does 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. The Toyota offers an underpowered engine that churns out 178 hp plus 170 lb-ft of torque and that does not translate well in the accelerations and it offers a sluggish experience. 

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The powerful engine of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is not the best-in-class in terms of fuel economy. With the base engine, it returns 22 mpg in the city, a decent highway mileage of 34 mpg, and a combined 26 mpg. The Eco trim, however, is built to offer more mileage and the standard ones. It delivers 25 mpg for the city, a whopping 37 MPG on the highways, and 29 MPG as combined. As compared to the base engine, the 2.0-liter turbo engine drops the fuel economy by 1/4/2 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively.

Models

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Toyota Camry

2013 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

22

27

25

24

MPG (Highway)

34

36

35

35

MPG (Combined)

26

30

28

28

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

15.8

17.2

17.0

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

348/537

464/619

425/595

444/648

From the above table, it is clear that. The Accord offers the best-in-class fuel economy and a fuel tank with 1.4 gallons more storage capacity as compared to the Malibu. The Toyota and Hyundai come next with a decent economy. The biggest fuel tank belongs to the rival from Sonata which can carry 18.5 gallons of fuel and gives 518 miles combined range. 

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

9.0/10

The cabin is filled with soft-touch materials, replacing the majority of hard plastics from the previous generations. The dashboard is beautifully laid out and houses the infotainment screen at the center. There is enough opulence as you go up the trim list. There are leather and wood simulated trims that add extra luxury. 4-way manual adjustment is given to the front seats which can be replaced with an 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support.

The cabin is fairly spacious with standard cloth upholstery which can be upgraded to premium cloth or leather on higher trims. The front has an abundance of space for the head, shoulder, and legs which is slightly compromised at the rear. The shorter wheelbase has resulted in the lower legroom but it is comfortable for city rides. Heated front seats are given under the optional heated leather package. Rear seats can split in a 40/60 fashion. Manual tilt and telescopic steering column, manual air conditioning, power locks on windows cum door, and dual 12V power outlets are some standard interior features given on the base Malibu.

Models

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Toyota Camry

2013 Hyundai Sonata

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.0/57.5/42.1

39.1/58.6/42.5

38.8/58.0/ 41.6

40.0/57.9/ 45.5

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.5/57.1/36.8

37.5/56.5/38.5

38.1/56.6/ 38.9

37.8/56.7/ 34.6

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

16.3

15.8

15.4

16.4

The competition does not have a clear winner in terms of interior space with the Hyundai having a more comfortable front row and the least rear row space, while the Toyota and Honda having a more balanced cabin space. The Chevy is adequately spacious and has better leg and shoulder room than the Hyundai. That said, the Hyundai has the biggest trunk with 16.4 cu-ft of cargo capacity. A few of the standout interior features are:

  • Leather upholstery (optional)
  • heated seats (optional)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional)
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu’s infotainment unit?

For 2013, the Malibu offers a better infotainment screen with better viewing angles and color reproduction than the previous generation. It is a 7-inch touchscreen display connected to Chevrolet’s MyLink system. The system has a few lags and stutters with extensive use but is very user-friendly. Apart from the standard features found on the lower trims, there is a 9-speaker Pioneer audio system for enhanced music playback on the road. A few of the important infotainment features on offer are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • MyLink system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • SiriusXM
  • USB port
  • Voice recognition
  • 6-speaker audio system

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

8.0/10

With the redesigned body of Malibu, the automaker has entered a new era of competition with sharp looks, and sporty layouts. The front has the sharper and newly designed projector headlamps, complemented by a small split grille having the “bowtie” logo. The bonnet has a lot of curves just like the sides. 

The rear has a bold-looking set of LED taillights and a blacked-out bumper. The car sits on a set of 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. The dimensions of the car are pretty much like a standard sedan with 191.5 inches of length, 73 inches of width, 57.6 inches of height, and a slightly shorter wheelbase of 107.8 inches.

Models

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Toyota Camry

2013 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,393

3,254

3,275

3,199

Length (inches)

191.5

191.4

189.2

189.8

Width (inches)

73.0

72.8

71.7

72.2

Height (inches)

57.6

57.7

57.9

57.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

5.8

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

107.8

109.3

109.3

110.0

The Malibu weighs the most in the competition and has the shortest wheelbase. The Sonata weighs the lightest and has the longest wheelbase, a bit lower ground clearance and a slightly shorter length. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are kind of similar in terms of curb weight, width, height, and wheelbase but the latter has a better ground clearance than the competition. A few of the standout exterior features are:

  • Heated mirrors
  • Projector headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power adjustable mirrors
  • Fog lamps

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

6.0/10

Chevrolet has paid extra attention to making the Malibu a safe car with a lot of added features as standard and delivering a decent build quality. Agencies like the NHTSA and IIHS have rated 5-star and “Good” in the overall crash rating. Backing that up with the whole safety suite that comes bundled with the Chevrolet Malibu, the safety even gets better. Features like ABS, traction control, electronic brake distribution, 10 airbags, etc are a few among the list. A few of the important safety features are:

  • Forward collision warning and lane departure assist
  • StabiliTrak
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Post-collision safety system

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

With a punchy performance, good interiors, decent handling capabilities, and a starting price of $21,995, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu could be a perfect buy. Well, there are a few caveats like the lower fuel economy and cramped rear seats, especially the smaller gas tank. Still, the Malibu is great for commuting day-to-day hassle-free.

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