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Original MSRP: $21,995 - $29,700
MPG: 22 City / 34 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Review

Review Last Updated: 5/11/15

When it was new, reviewers said the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has composed handling and user-friendly tech features, but its base engine could use more power.

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Three different four-cylinder engines are available in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. A 2.5-liter engine is standard, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is available, as is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder on Malibu Eco models, which also have an electric motor, giving Eco models mild hybrid capabilities. An automatic transmission is standard on all models. The Malibu Eco has the best fuel economy of all 2013 Malibu models at 25/37 mpg city/highway. However, reviewers expressed disappointment that the Malibu Eco’s fuel economy isn’t better. Many also complained that the base engine is coarse and underpowered. Test drivers reported that the Malibu has accurate steering and composed handling.

The interior of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu earned decent reviews when it was new, with auto writers saying it has nice materials and an infotainment system that is easy to use. The base 2013 Chevrolet Malibu comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, keyless entry, a touch-screen audio system and two auxiliary power outlets. Optional features when it was new include a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio streaming, smartphone app integration, a USB port and auxiliary input jack.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Toyota Camry has one of the highest reliability ratings in the class, as well as slightly higher fuel economy ratings than the comparable base Chevrolet Malibu. It also has a cabin that reviewers said is roomy and comfortable for all passengers.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata also gets good fuel economy for the class, and it impressed reviewers with its long list of standard features. Critics also liked its stylish and upscale interior.

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