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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Priced More Than Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata

The revamped 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will start at $22,390, plus a $760 destination charge, when it goes on sale this summer. This represents an increase of $280 over the 2012 base model, and makes the 2013 Malibu one of the more costly affordable midsize sedans available.

Kicking Tires says that many of the 2013 Malibu’s recently redesigned competitors “can all be had for less and with essentially the same features.” The 2012 Volkswagen Passat starts at $20,590, the 2012 Toyota Camry costs $22,055, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata starts at $20,895 and the newly redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima has a base price of $21,500.

In a press release, Chevrolet attributes the price hike to a greater number of standard features. For example, a base 2013 Malibu LS comes standard with active grille shutters, which are designed to increase fuel economy, Bluetooth and 10 airbags. Upper trim levels add more standard features, such as Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, leather seats and dual-zone climate control. The top LTZ trim comes down in price a bit from 2012 to $27,830.

“The standard Malibu powertrain for LS, LT, and LTZ models is a 197-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission,” writes Car and Driver. For 2013, Chevrolet is dropping the V6 option in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is available on LT and LTZ trims, starting at $26,950.

The full 2013 Chevrolet Malibu lineup goes on sale this summer. The mild hybrid Malibu Eco is already on sale, and starts at $25,235.

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