2013 Chevrolet Malibu User Reviews
- $21,995 - $29,700
- No trim specified for this review
- Looks good, fuel efficient,
- fit and finish
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I got a chance to drive this vehicle as a rental and so far, I'm quite impressed although I can definitely tell the difference between a car that car an American badge on it and a Japanese badge on it. Regardless of where it is made.
The fit and finish of this Malibu is terrible.
I own a very similar car within the same class and I can tell that the fit and finish isn't up to Japanese auto-making standards. Or at least standards outside of GM. (I have a 2011 Honda Accord LX, and the differences is apparent)
There is lots of plastic, albeit good soft touch finishes where it counts like the dash, but the doors are covered with hard grainy plastic. The seams of the weather tape doesn't look like it was fitted well, it has gaps and crevices. The plastic has terrible finishing where you can see the excess plastic.
The pillars aren't very good, so visibility isn't as great as an Accord.
On the bright side, it does have good standard features.
-iPod USB interface, something the Accord never offered until their 2012 models
-digital readout in the instrument cluster that gives you instantaneous MPG, average MPG, and average speed. Also tells you other cool stuff like specific tire pressure-- IN PSI!!, However this readout is the old school displays from the 1980s. I would like to see an LCD readout but I guess to keep production costs low, at least you have all those features.
-The instrument cluster pops, very well done
-Although the style of the Malibu is very similar to those of the Chevy lineup, it is actually quite attractive. Especially when you are tired of seeing Accords and Camrys on the road. Very attractive, and elegant at the same time.
-the wheels are chrome 17 inchers, and it just screams too much. Not a big fan of chrome wheels.
-Trunk is lined and have those hydraulic lifting. The hinges look cheap though but the liner helps keep cabin noise down. which is great.
Well, it doesn't have a manual transmission. However, I will give GM some credit for having a 6 speed instead of the nasty CVT. It does however change its mind sometimes and isn't always in the right gear. Which is why I prefer the manual.
The electronic shifting buttons are useless, but I guess they aren't terrible. It still isn't a substitute for a manual.
The 2.5L engine is actually pretty good but the noise it delivers isn't music.
The handling is, well, American. I think the main problem with the steering is, the steering feel. Its got electronic powered steering instead of the hydraulics. Feedback at higher velocity isn't good. Instead, it feels quite numb.
The gas pedal isn't very forgiving as well.
If I had the choice to lease it, rent it, or buy it...I would lease it or rent it. But I wouldn't buy it. The market is way to competitive.
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