Yes, you read that right: the 2013 Chevy Malibu, which has been criticized for its supposed lack of rear-seat space, does have ample room in the second row. How do we know? Because we just conducted an informal experiment of sorts.
In fact, we asked a (kind) six-foot-one gentleman at the North American International Auto Show by the name of Brian to get in the driver’s seat of the Malibu and adjust the seat to the position in which he would drive the car; then, yours truly (who is five-foot-eight) proceeded to get into the driver’s side second row seat (behind Brian). The results speak for themselves, as there was plenty of room all around — not only for my knees, feet, hips, shoulders, and head, but for Brian’s, too. Watch for yourself:
Now, the back seat isn’t a palatial comfort lounge… but it serves its purpose, and serves it well.
Regardless, rumor has it that GM will refresh the 2014 Malibu to augment the rear seat legroom found in the current car while giving the car a new front fascia to match that of the 2014 Chevy Impala. If this is, indeed, the case, then the new legroom will most likely come in the form of deeper cut-outs in the backs of the Malibu’s two front seats, like so: