2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Features 259 HP, Base Price of $27,710
By Jake Lingeman
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo will go on sale this fall with a price of $27,710. Upgraded LTZ models will sticker at $30,925. Both include $995 in destination.
This is the Malibu we've been waiting for. Though the base car and Eco model are both great sedans, the line needed something a little more exciting. The turbocharged engine is a good start. The 2.0-liter unit is the same one that can be found in the Buick Regal turbo and makes 259 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's good for a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-to-60 time of 6.3 seconds. Add an EPA rating of 21 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway, and we might have a winner.
The mill in the Malibu features a twin-scroll turbocharger, which helps eliminate the lag at low speeds. Along with the turbo, the four-cylinder uses an air-to-air intercooler, aluminum cylinder head and a sand-cast aluminum block that Chevrolet says reduces noise and vibration. Aluminum pistons with jet-spray cooling enhance performance, while a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump helps the engine run more efficiently. A six-speed transmission sends power to the front wheels only.
The Malibu Turbo has an electric power steering unit by ZF, which Chevy says has a good on-center feel but builds up weight in the corners. Hydraulic bushings isolate the frame, and 18- or 19-inch wheels sit at the corners, shod in all-season tires.
The Malibu Turbo LT comes standard with MyLink (Chevy's infotainment system), dual-zone climate control, remote start, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat and Ice-blue ambient lighting. The LTZ adds LED taillights, leather, heated seats and 19-inch wheels.
We'll bring you a full review of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo closer to its launch this fall.
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