While it’s a great handler and has excellent body control, the Chevy Malibu isn’t meant to be a performance car. But that doesn’t mean it’s not quick on its
feet wheels. In fact, the 2.0 liter turbocharged and direct-injected Ecotec engine (RPO LTG) in the 2013 Malibu Turbo makes 259 horses and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (at 20 pounds of boost), allowing the new midsize sedan to sprint to 60 MPH (96 KPH) in a brisk 6.3 seconds, according to The General. The car can also reach a top speed of 155 MPH. Both of these stats make the 2013 model the fastest Malibu… ever.
By comparison, Ford Fusion’s 2.0 EcoBoost makes 240 horses and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Hyundai Sonata’s 2.0T GDI supposedly makes 274/269… we say supposedly because who knows if the Korean automaker used the same shoddy tactics to test power output as it did for fuel economy. And most of us already know that most automakers don’t go to the same extremes as GM to test its vehicles or powertrains.
In any event, the stats should dispel any assumptions that the Malibu Turbo is slow due to its power numbers. Now if only the ‘Bu was an inch or two longer — and Hyundai and Ford published their 0-60 times… which is not to say that the metric is the foremost measurement of a midsize sedan’s market success.