Finally, a groundbreaking answer to a simple question: if we need power to drive, why do we use it when we're stopped? The 2013 Malibu Eco introduces eAssist, a state-of-the-art technology that intuitively makes it possible to conserve energy3 when it's not needed. Stopped at a red light, sitting in gridlock traffic, running your air conditioner-eAssist seamlessly supports or compensates the flow of power through the ECOTEC® 2.4L direct injection engine and its 15 kW electric motor-generator to conserve power when it's not needed, which in turn saves fuel.
Exterior styling inspired by the athletic stance of Camaro paired with a dramatically aerodynamic design introduces a premium appearance to the midsize sedan segment that not only pleases the eye, but also seamlessly guides airflow to reduce resistance. Every little detail considered helps the 2013 Malibu Eco offer its remarkable fuel economy and up to 580 highway miles3 with each fill-up. It's more time spent getting where you're going than stopping along the way.
The 2013 Malibu Eco with its 2.4L Direct Injection engine and eAssist Technology intelligently only uses fuel when you need it. That means you can get up to 580 highway miles3 of driving from just one tank of gas. Welcome to more miles and fewer fill-ups.
The 2013 Malibu Eco represents an evolution of the nameplate when it comes to passenger comfort and spaciousness. Compared to its predecessor, it offers more passenger room while maintaining its fashionably sophisticated dual-cockpit design. Interior comfort is enhanced through ambient lighting and the nicely bolstered, sport-sculptured seats, which heighten the Malibu interior experience in both comfort and durability. Ergonomically tested for optimal comfort, the 2013 Malibu Eco interior is a result of relentless refinement at every touch.
Delicate craftsmanship can be seen throughout Malibu Eco whether in its refined surfacing with premium materials or the rich appointments available throughout such as chrome, wood grain or metallic accents. Its refinement can be heard, or better yet, can be experienced, in what you don't hear. Acoustic laminated glass and triple door seals help keep noise outside the vehicle and create a quiet and serene environment in the interior. Malibu Eco also offers intuitive storage options such as behind-screen storage in the sweeping center stack, so everything you bring along for the ride is both safely stored and easily accessible.
Midsize is taken to the next level with eAssist, a system that works intelligently and subtly with the vehicle's mechanics, capturing energy to help support the powertrain. The result is a remarkable estimated 37 MPG2 on the highway and a vehicle that uses fuel when you need it, and preserves it when you don't.
There's no need to ever think about charging the lithium-ion battery. eAssist features regenerative braking that captures power lost during braking, and converts it to electricity then stores it for when it's needed, helping keep the lithium-ion battery charged and off your to-do list.
How do you power a battery without charging it? It's simple, just drive. By going about your daily routine — buying groceries, going to a friend's house or driving to work — the lithium-ion battery stores energy. That energy is later used to deliver an electric boost to the engine during various driving scenarios such as heavy acceleration or climbing a grade. And while the vehicle is at a stop, the engine shuts off and the lithium-ion battery powers accessories, preserving fuel so it can be used later3. It's the little things that add up to a great effect.
Offering an estimated 25 city/37 hwy MPG2 in a midsize sedan takes careful thought. However, offering such remarkable fuel economy along with 182 horsepower and its solid, connected-to-the-road feel of a premium sedan ... well, that takes passion. With its ECOTEC— 2.4L Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine that works intuitively with the 15 kW electric motor generator to conserve fuel when it's not needed, Malibu Eco uses smarter engineering for smarter driving.
Owning the 2013 Malibu Eco means you get a smarter drive. When the car is stopped, it automatically switches from using gas to accessories being powered by energy in the lithium-ion battery. The motor-generator brings the engine to a smooth stop and prepares it for a seamless start when the brake pedal is released. Drivers wouldn't notice the transition if it weren't for the integrated Driver Information Center that displays when and where the battery is supporting the powertrain.
With Chevrolet MyLink4, every ride can feel like a getaway. All of your favorite music and entertainment will be right there with you. MyLink works with your compatible smartphone and Bluetooth® wireless technology5 to stream content to its standard 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. Through voice commands or touch controls, tune into Pandora® or Stitcher SmartRadio™ 6,7 or listen to commercial-free programs through SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which is standard for three months8. You can also connect your music-loaded flash drive or MP3 player through the standard USB connection8. Gracenote®, available on the Malibu Eco MyLink system, will even organize your music library by populating song information and album art.
Sophistication and ease are highlighted within the 2013 Malibu Eco, which continues throughout its technology features. From the mobile technology putting control and convenience in the palm of your hand, to effortless navigation available to help you stay on the right path, Malibu Eco was designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.
Stay connected to your Malibu Eco with the myChevrolet6 app with the connectivity of OnStar® RemoteLink™ 10 mobile app. Start your vehicle10, check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, schedule routine maintenance and more. Available from the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace.
Stepping into your car no longer means stepping away from your day. Take hands-free calls and connect your music with the touch of a button.
Have upcoming turns and street names displayed on the 7-inch diagonal screen and hear directions from the automated voice through OnStar12 Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Standard for the first six months.
The available Rear Vision Camera on Malibu Eco displays a rear view on the touch screen conveniently in the center stack for easy view. This feature helps you see stationary objects behind your Malibu Eco when traveling in reverse at low speeds.
No matter the season, your 2013 Malibu Eco can be the perfect temperature before you even get in the driver's seat with available Remote Start. Press the button on your key fob and start your vehicle remotely, and it will be ready to go the moment you open the door.
No detail of your driving experience was overlooked in the 2013 Malibu Eco, including the sound quality of your music. Enjoy premium performance sound with the available Pioneer Premium Nine-Speaker Sound System.
Protection is great, but prevention is better. The 2013 Malibu Eco was designed with that in mind, offering technologies that will help avoid collisions altogether including Stabilitrak® Electronic Stability Control System, which assists with directional control of the vehicle during difficult driving situations. Malibu Eco even offers an available Rear Vision Camera to help see certain stationary objects while traveling in Reverse at low speeds.
In the event of a collision, Malibu Eco is equipped to help protect you and your passengers. For the first time, Malibu offers up to 8 airbags including knee air bags for front seat passengers13. Structural integrity of the vehicle is important during collisions and Malibu Eco provides an extremely strong, stiff body and an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, along with Rollover Protection.
Every Malibu Eco offers the security of the latest generation of OnStar with Automatic Crash Response12, standard for the first six months. Built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar Advisor who is immediately connected to you through your vehicle to see if you need help sent to your exact location — even if you can't respond.
2 Estimates based on GM testing. Official EPA estimates not yet available.
3 Estimated 25 MPG city/37 highway. Estimates based on GM testing. Official EPA estimates not yet available.
4 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and Smartphone and USB for some devices. MyLink on Spark and Sonic does not include functionality such as enhanced voice recognition, Gracenotes and CD player.
5 Go to gm.com/Bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicles.
6 Requires Android or iPhone platform.
7 Data plan rates apply.
8 Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after trial period. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. Visit SiriusXM.com for details.
10 Requires Android or iPhone platform and active OnStar subscription, which is standard for six months.
12 Visit OnStar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
13 Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.