The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be more expensive when the next-generation family sedan starts selling in August. The base model has a starting price of $23,150 (which includes a $760 destination charge). The 2013 Malibu is powered by General Motors’ new 2.5-liter engine. This is just a bit higher than the base 2012 model, which costs $22,870 with destination charges.
In addition, it is priced higher than the redesigned mid-sized sedans of its major rivals. It is priced $870 higher than the base 2013 Altima and is $335 more expensive than the base 2012 Toyota Camry. The prices for the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which will start selling this fall, have yet to be announced. GM said that those who buy the redesigned Malibu would get more value for what they pay compared to the outgoing Malibu.
The 2.5-liter engine can deliver 197hp, or about 17% higher than the 2.4-liter engine used by the outgoing model. In addition, the Malibu has a more spacious and more silent cabin. The Malibu LS base model is likely not to offer a significant improvement in fuel economy compared to the existing Malibu. The mileage ratings from the EPA have yet to be assigned but GM claims that the Malibu model with the 2.5-liter engine has a mileage that’s competitive for the segment, with highway mileage likely to reach the mid-30s.
On the highway, the outgoing Malibu could achieve 33 mpg. For those who want a frugal car, they would probably consider the Malibu Eco, which GM launched in March, around six months before the engine options.
The Malibu Eco costs $26,095, including destination charges. It is powered by GM's 2.4-liter engine partnered with an eAssist mild hybrid system to return 37 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in city driving. In the first five months of 2012, Malibu sales increased by 11% to 110,035, making it the best-selling car of GM. It is also the No. 2 nameplate behind the Silverado pickup.