2013 Chevrolet Malibu I-4 Priced at $23,150; Turbo at $27,710

Chevrolet has released pricing on the 2013 Malibu, which will start at $23,150 in base four-cylinder LS trim including a $760 destination charge, while the range-topping Malibu LTZ with the turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec will top out at $30,925. Chevrolet will ofer several models in between those prices, including the Eco model that uses GM’s eAssist mild hybrid system.

Before considering incentives, 2013 Malibu pricing remains competitive with automatic-transmission versions of cars like the 2012 Honda Accord, 2013 Nissan Altima, and 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The 2013 Malibu LS is powered by GM’s new 197-hp 2.5-liter Ecotec I-4 mated to a six-speed automatic and has 10 airbags, four-wheel disc brakes, and 16-inch wheels.

The Malibu with the 2.5-liter I-4 is also available in 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trim. The 2013 Malibu 1LT costs $24,765 and adds a seven-inch color touch screen, Chevrolet MyLink with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input, plus blue ambient lighting. Stepping up to the $26,000 2LT trim level adds dual-zone climate control and color driver information center. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are part of the advanced safety package for 2LT, 3LT, and LTZ models.

The 2013 Malibu LTZ is the highest trim that uses the 197-hp I-4 engine, and has an MSRP of $28,590. LTZ models come with LED taillights; 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch wheels are available); chrome, dual exhaust tips; silver grille insert; fog lamps; chrome door handles; eight-way power, heated front seats; leather seating, steering wheel, and shift knob; and remote start. A rearview camera and a power sunroof are also available. A premium package on the LTZ includes passive entry/keyless access, HID headlights, push-button start, as well as a driver’s memory seat and mirrors.

Malibu Eco models, which are already on sale, are powered by GM’s 2.4-liter mated to the automaker’s eAssist mild hybrid system with start-stop technology. The Malibu Eco is EPA-rated 25/37 mpg city/highway. Two trim levels are offered for the Eco model: 1SA ($26,095) and 2SA ($27,705). Fuel efficiency numbers for the volume-oriented 2013 Malibu haven’t yet been released, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the midsizer was good for an EPA-rated 34 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet replaced the outgoing Malibu’s V-6 with the turbocharged, 259-hp Ecotec 2.0-liter engine. The automaker claims the turbocharged Malibu can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds thanks to the engine’s 260 lb-ft of torque. Only two trims are available with the turbo four-cylinder engine: the LT starting at $27,710 and the LTZ starting at $30,925. The turbocharged 2013 Chevrolet Malibu goes on sale this fall.

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