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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review


Handsome Hybrid Sedan

A side view of a red 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

In short: A smart and sensible midsize hybrid sedan.

Swapping out the standard Chevrolet Malibu's 2.5-liter inline-4 for a mild-hybrid system that combines a direct-injected ECOTEC gas engine with lithium-ion battery technology, this midsize sedan offers practical, fuel-efficient performance. With Chevrolet's eAssist system, the Malibu Eco captures energy through the normal course of driving, saving it to be used later for an electric boost when climbing hills or accelerating. Earning up to 37 mpg highway without the need to plug in, this mild-hybrid is perfect for families looking for a thrifty, no-nonsense family sedan.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 6-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance program

Base Price: $26,845 / As Tested: $29,080

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with electric motor
Horsepower: 182 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque: 171 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,600 lbs
Wheelbase: 107.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 191.3/73/57.6 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut fron; 4-link rear

Traction: StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control

0-60 mph: 8.3 seconds
Top Speed: 118 mph

EPA City: 25 mpg
EPA Highway: 37 mpg

dual-stage driver and front passenger front airbags; thorax side-impact seat-mounted airbags; head curtain airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags


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