Next gen Malibu at local dealer
By Stephen Groessel
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Test driving the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco 2SA was arranged at the Vande Hey Brantmeier dealership in Chilton.

I drove a vehicle whose exterior body was an optional crystal red tint-coat with a jet black interior. The car was equipped with an Ecotec 2.4L DOHC 4 cylinder engine with eAssist and with a six speed automatic transmission. It boasts of getting 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg in highway driving. It provides hybrid benefits without paying the hybrid price. The vehicle which I drove was listed at $27, 930. The 2013 Malibu is being described as the “next generation Malibu.”

The mid-size 2013 Chevrolet Malibu family sedan has been completely redesigned and re-engineered. The mild-hybrid Eco model is currently being shown at dealerships, while the regular lineup of trims and their standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder arrive this summer. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder upgrade engine should be available later in the year.

The 2013 Malibu features an all-new global platform, all-new aerodynamic styling and all-new dual-cockpit interior design. It is available in four trims (LS, Eco, LT and LTZ) with variations of all except the LS.

If you would like to test drive a 2013 Chevy Malibu some things to look for are its best-in-class styling both inside and out. Current Malibu buyers list exterior styling as a compelling reason for their purchase of the car. Note a wider and roomier car than the 2012 Malibu. Take note of the Eco miles per gallon, with 25 city and 37 highway miles. Take notice also of its best-inclass ride and handling and best-inclass quietness. Some of this quietness is attributed to the underbody panels, the active front grille shutters and the low rolling-resistance tires. During my test drive I found these attributes to stand out prominently. Driving the vehicle was effortless, with no need to make adjustments or time devoted to getting used to its handling.

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