Review: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

Posted on 16. Dec, 2011 by in Auto News

By the mid-1980s, General Motors essentially owned the midsize sedan market. This dominance was ended by the original Ford Taurus, and GM position with the rise of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the top two spots sunk. In recent years, the merger has replaced the Taurus, while Nissan, Hyundai, and (for 2012), and Volkswagen have become serious contenders. For GM to reclaim one of the top spots, the Chevrolet Malibu had better be a damn good car. The model was revised in 2013. The new car is good enough? After I do my best to get some space-time in the Detroit area, I gave my press card junket cherry to Chevrolet to find out.

The Sonata won his current position in part by distinctive exterior design. The same will not happen with the new Malibu. It's a beautiful car, especially with the LTZ, the 18-inch five-spoke alloys (the chunky overhangs appear solid with the Eco 17s), and the ends of the car are clearly Chevrolet, but the side profile has been seen many times before. in various agreements and Camrys in the last 15 years The master driving on the 2002 BMW 7-Series introduced, although it is successful (if not yet entirely successful) have been incorporated. Chevrolet touts the Camaro-inspired taillights, but many potential buyers notice or care if the car behaves also like a Camaro? Either way, the Malibu might be more attractive than most competitors, but the conservative form is not to attract the attention of potential buyers.

The most beautiful car I saw in Austin? That would be a double-named 1961 Cadillac Coupe de Ville be:

The new Malibu is better inside. Although there is nothing exciting about the instrument panel styling, and the planks that the ventilation holes. A questionable item, it looks and feels much more upscale than those of its competitors, especially the Camry and Passat Much of the instrument panel and door panels soft touch surface suitable for a more expensive car.

Step up to the LTZ trim (not available with the eAssist powertrain, and thus not available at the start), and you can get stylish brown and black leather seats with orange piping and neon blue stitching. Sounds like too much? Well, it actually works:

In Eco, the optional leather is a relatively drab single shade, and the standard cloth is still downscale. At night, everything is lit in ice blue. The buttons have a different feel in keeping with the car's price point, but they are large, logically arranged and easy to reach. The Eco has MyLink standard, Bluetooth smartphone offers complete integration to come with voice control and apps for Pandora, Stitcher and others.

The new Malibu is 2.7 inches wider than the current car, and rides on a shorter wheelbase 4.5 centimeters. . These dimensional changes in the interior, where it translate more shoulder room, but less rear legroom The VW Passat now clearly leads the segment in the latter. The front seats are quite comfortable, at least when four-fold lower back (which is on the passenger side only with leather) equipped. Without the adjustable lumbar support lower back support is lacking. Unlike some newer GM cars, power is lying position for both front seats. Lift the driver's seat a few inches to clear the high dashboard and forward vision is not too far from the segment average. The view to the rear, on the other hand could very well as a stumbling block for many potential buyers. Because of the high strain, the rear window is a narrow gap. And to the drag coefficient to 0.30 (for the Eco, 0.29 for the upcoming LS with its narrower tires), the side mirrors were getting smaller.

Although the official strikes in the rear legroom stat of 36.9 inches otherwise the back seat is just big enough to squeeze for an adult male to about six feet in behind other rel. While the big cushion promises good thigh support, it is a few inches too low to actually provide them mounted. Compromised by the rear-mounted battery trunk and utility models are just a game for hybrids. The rear seat back is fine, but as in the Camry Hybrid the pass is a small slit on one side only:

Buyer for the trunk is a priority and will strongly prefer the corresponding conventionally powered sedans in all cases. Interior space is quite generous, and contains a hidden compartment behind the screen.

Finally, three four-cylinder engines will be offered in the new 2013 Malibu: a 182-hp 2.4-liter with "eAssist", a 190-hp 2.5-liter and a turbocharged 2.0-liter. At launch in spring 2012, only the first will be available. Horsepower ratings for the 2.0T as. The 2.5 Ecotec engine family is part of a new, yet to be announced for this application But in the Cadillac ATS will churn out a not-quite-Sonata 270th "EAssist" refers to an electric motor via a belt to the motor, which charges a small battery during braking then supplies connected to a 15-hp boost on the top of the motor 182 during acceleration. So it's essentially GM's "light hybrid" system of a few years ago with updated components (including a lithium-ion battery) and lower expectations vis-re-branded