Although the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been on sale since early spring in its most fuel-efficient Eco configuration, details regarding the rest of its non eAssist siblings that will turn up in dealers later this summer have now been released. Base price on the entry-level 2013 Malibu LS will start at $23,150, a modest $280 bump from its 2012 counterpart. However, the bottom line on the range-topping LTZ trim variant that opens at $28,590 actually drops by $770, despite its additional features.
As for the rest of the 2013 Malibu range, the LT in 1LT trim will start at $24,765 with an 2LT commanding $26,000 and a turbocharged 3LT commencing at $27,710. The Malibu LTZ in 1LZ guise will open at $28,590 and the turbo 2LZ begins at $30,925. While the 2013 Malibu Eco remains unchanged, pricing will rise by $100, with a 1SA version beginning at $26,095 and the upline 2SA variant moving to $27,705.
Save for the Eco that's packs a 2.4-liter Ecotec four with eAssist that makes 190 horsepower, all other non-turbo Malibus will get their motivation from a like-sized Ecotec rated at 194 horsepower. For the record, this new direct-injected engine provides nearly 17 percent more underhood muscle than the engine it replaces. Although EPA numbers have not yet been released, Chevy expects its highway figure will approach the mid-30s. Going the turbo route in either LT or LTZ models will net a 2.0-liter Ecotec four that makes 259 horses -- seven more than the 3.6-liter V6 that was optional in the 2012 model. This turbocharged alternative also develops 260 lb-ft of peak torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm, sufficient to generate impressive 6.3- second 0-60 mph times.
Even the base 2013 Malibu LS offers a long list of standards, including a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control, a full range of power assists, multifunction steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless remote and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with three moths of complementary SiriusXM Satellite Radio along with numerous safety features highlighted by StabiliTrak electronic stability control, OnStar with six months of enhanced Directions and Connections service and 10 standard airbags.
The Malibu Eco, LT and LTZ add even more features to this mix, headed by a 7.0-inch color touch-screen with concealed storage, Chevrolet MyLink connected radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB port and auxiliary input jack and ice-blue ambient lighting. All but the 1LT also will come with dual-zone automatic climate control and a color driver information center. Stepping up to LTZ level brings even more creature comforts, including leather upholstery, 8-way power/heated front buckets and remote starting along with 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, dual exhaust system, LED taillamps and more.