If you can wait until the end of the year, Chevrolet will begin offering its new Malibu with a 2.0L turbocharged 259-horsepower engine. The price for the boosted ‘Bu starts at $26,950 plus a $760 destination charge, bringing the total to $27,710. Comparatively, that’s a decent bump over the starting price of a Hyundai Sonata Turbo ($25,670), which also offers a more potent 274 horsepower. Boo.
Regardless, the 2.0T will be available for the LT and LTZ trim levels of the 2013 Malibu line. Go all-out, and a loaded Malibu LTZ turbo will ask for $30,925 including destination.
It’s a few grand more than the currently available Malibu Eco, and almost another $5,000 more than the $23,150 base Malibu with a 2.5L Ecotec, but it will serve 259 horsepower in the most subtle of packages. And having driven the Eco model, we know that the chassis dynamics are right for a performance-oriented Malibu, should it come equipped with the right set of tires and not the low-friction Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires that are found on the Malibu Eco. We just can’t call the Malibu Turbo a “sport sedan” until we actually drive it.
For the sake of our wallets, GM notes that premium fuel is not required for the turbo, though it is recommended. But more to the point, what are your thoughts on the ‘Bu Turbo’s pricing? Sound off in the comments below, or wage internet war in our cool forum. Which is scientifically proven to be the best GM enthusiast forum out there.