For those holding out for a cheaper 2013 Chevy Malibu, today is a big day. Coming in at a starting price of $23,150, the base 2013 Malibu will launch this summer nearly a full $3,000 under the current eAssist-powered Malibu Eco, which is presently the only powertrain option available. The price also undercuts the 2013 Toyota Camry, but rests significantly above the $20,895 base Hyundai Sonata, and just over the $22,495 all-new-for-2013 Ford Fusion — which has garnered a lot of attention.
With the base 2013 Chevy Malibu comes an all-new 2.5L Ecotec engine that produces 197 horsepower in this application. Fuel economy ratings haven’t been released yet, but Chevrolet surmises the numbers to be on par with the rest of the fray, with highway mileage expected to approach “the mid-30 mpg range.” But as we can speak from experience, the Malibu brings a sensation of cabin silence and impressive chassis dynamics that cannot be found in some of its competitors. There’s also 10 standard airbags, and a pair of auxiliary power outlets standard, among a decent list of other features like Bluetooth, cruise control, and satellite radio. However, Chevy MyLink is available from LT-level packaging on up. In other words, not on the base model. Additionally, the 259 horsepower (193 kW), 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) 2.0L turbocharged mill is only available on LT and LTZ trims when it becomes available later this year.
The total breakdown is as follows:
- LS (1LS trim): $23,150
- LT (1LT trim): $24,765
- LT (2LT trim): $26,000
- Eco (1SA trim): $26,095
- Eco (2SA trim): $27,705
- LT (3LT trim with turbo): $27,710
- LTZ (1LZ trim): $28,590
- LTZ (2LZ trim with turbo): $30,925
So, do you find Chevy’s pricing on its new breadwinner adequate? Or is it not aggressive enough? Sound off in the comment section below!