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It's safe to say this midsize hybrid sedan is a significant improvement over previous versions. Part of the credit for that overall improvement goes to its larger dimensions, including a wider stance that makes for more confident handling and a noticeably more roomy passenger cabin. The hybrid powertrain has been upgraded with a more powerful four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The downside of this so-called "mild hybrid" system's design is that its fuel economy numbers fall short of those achieved by the "full hybrid" systems under the hoods of the Malibu Eco's competitors, as the electric motor is designed to merely supplement the gasoline engine rather than propel the car on battery power alone. Other dings include lackluster acceleration, less rear seat legroom than some rivals and the hybrid system's battery pack that eats into available trunk space.
With the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco being an all-new model, no significant changes are expected for several years.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a midsize five-passenger sedan that's offered in 1SA and 2SA trim levels.
Power comes from a hybrid system that combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor that adds another 15 hp and 79 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The entry-level 1SA model's standard equipment list includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio compatibility and a touchscreen audio system with CD player, satellite radio and six speakers. The 2SA adds fog lights, power front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, remote start, a rearview camera and a premium Pioneer audio system with nine speakers. Major options include a sunroof, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system and a premium Pioneer audio system.
By overall midsize sedan standards, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco gets above-average EPA fuel economy estimates of 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined, though those numbers fall short of those turned in by hybrid category leaders.
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