SHARP TURNS – New Malibu Doesn’t Stop Impressing

2013-08-09T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – New Malibu Doesn’t Stop ImpressingMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
August 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

With sophistication and refined ingenuity, expect nothing less than to stand out from this Malibu. Inspired by the athletic stance of Camaro, the bold new design improves aerodynamics while turning heads. Exceptional attention to detail throughout the vehicle’s design helps offer up to an EPA-estimated 34 MPG on the highway. The precision continues on the inside with attractive styling, advanced technology and entertainment options topped off with a level of comfort that you’ll have to experience yourself to fully appreciate. The Malibu has been impressing people for years now, and it just gets better and better every year.

Like I mentioned above, the new aerodynamic design contributes to the impressive fuel efficiency. Some aerodynamic touches are new to the Malibu, such as different rounded corners, crisper lines, aero-optimized side mirrors and a raised rear deck lid, which allows for smooth airflow that creates little resistance. While focusing on all those aerodynamics, Chevy also focused on looks. Inspired by the look of Camaro, the 2013 Malibu harnesses the sports car’s aggressive styling through an athletic, wide stance, available LED tail lamps, while still maintaining a sophisticated appearance.

The biggest step away from a sports car would be the interior. The Malibu maintains its sophisticated dual-cockpit design; the sport-sculpted seats are more than ready to keep you comfortable on those long road trips. Plus, on those road trips, you have lots of storage, which frees up more legroom. Expert craftsmanship can be found throughout Malibu whether in its refined surfacing with premium materials or the rich appointments available throughout such as chrome, wood grain or metallic accents, depending on the model. The sleek interior features acoustic laminated glass for a superb level of quietness as well as low-gloss surfacing and soft-touch tactility to provide a luxurious appearance.

With the Malibu Eco, technology and style come together to bring you a fuel-efficient drive. The ECOTEC® 2.4L engine with eAssist technology works subtly with the vehicle's mechanics, capturing energy to help support the power train. The result is a remarkable EPA-estimated 37 MPG on the highway and up to 580 highway miles per tank. The 7-inch diagonal touch-screen available with eAssist includes a Power Flow display that indicates which mode eAssist is in. Also on the touch-screen is access to the Chevy famous MyLink where just about any device can link to the car for hands free use.

The Malibu is safe inside and out, starting with 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control and the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System. If in an accident, Chevy’s built in OnStar will alert the authorities immediately after a crash, also there are 10 airbags including knee airbags for the front.

On the more pricey side of midsize cars, the standard LS Malibu comes in at a little under $23,000, and maxes out at a little over $30,000 for the 2LTZ model.

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