2013 Chevrolet Malibu | Long Term review | Part 2

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 by

Ups: Drives like an Accord, Sharp braking
Downs: Not so comfortable seats, Lack of rear legroom

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Soft Blue LED lighting accents are a nice touch

A week into the review and the 2013 has become a part of the Automiddleeast family. With good handling and sharp braking, running errands in this car isn’t too boring. The 2013 feels very unamerican to drive. And that is mostly a good thing. The stereo is nice and crisp while the soft blue lighting that accents the interior adds a nice touch to the quiet cabin. Upshifts aren’t the quickest but they sure are nice and smooth. The autobox has the option of being switched manually in a rather unconventional way. There is a ‘-‘ and a ‘+’ button on the gear shifter allowing you to go through the 6 speed transmission manually. It didn’t take long to get used to it and we quickly got comfortable shifting gears manually. The direct injection engine even has variable valve timing resulting in that familiar ‘vtec’ feel under heavy acceleration.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Unusual tiptronic gear

However, it isn’t all sunshine and ice cream sitting in the 2013 Malibu. Despite the size of the car, there is very little interior space for the rear passengers, which could be a game changer for anyone buying a car in this segment as that is usually quite an important feature in a mid-size sedan. The low roofline further restricts headroom while the front seats have a slightly odd design.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu

A little wider and it would have been a lot more comfortable

It turns out Chevrolet used a mannequin named Oscar to design the front seats ergonomically. Our only explanation then, is that Oscar had twigs for thighs as the seat is almost designed to remind you of being overweight and no amount of time in the drivers’ seat could get us used to it. I suspect this might not be an issue for slimmer drivers.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

More legroom for the rear passengers would have been nice

Unfortunately, our test had to be cut short due to a squeaking noise from the brakes and a light steering pull. With a little over 7000 kms on the odometer, that seems to be an early service for the brakes but we suspect this press car must have taken a beating since its launch and hence the need for some TLC. Our long term test will resume once the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu returns from its service. Stay posted.


Price: AED 73,000
As Tested: AED 99,464
Mileage this week:  228 kms
Total Mileage: 7112 kms
Average fuel consumption: 13 L/100km (Combined)
Fuel Costs this week: AED 60

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