Base 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Priced at $23,150

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco has been on sale for a while now, with a starting price of $25,995. Today, the rest of the 2013 Malibu lineup was priced, with a base 2013 Malibu LS starting at $23,150, including a $760 destination fee.

That puts the Malibu toward the higher end of midsize sedans in terms of base pricing. The 2012 Toyota Camry ($22,815), 2013 Nissan Altima ($22,280), 2012 Volkswagen Passat ($20,765) and 2013 Hyundai Sonata ($21,670) can all be had for less and with essentially the same features. When you compare the price to a 2012 Malibu, the price change is more subtle — just $280 more.

All Malibus except for the Eco trim are powered by a 197-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is new to the GM family. Fuel economy hasn't been announced yet, but the automaker has said that gas mileage on the highway should hit the mid-30s.

The Malibu is available in 1LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims with the 2.5-liter. A more powerful 259-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be available on the 3LT ($27,710) and 2LTZ trims ($30,925). GM didn't break down what the turbo trims offer besides the stronger engine. The Malibu turbo will go on sale later this fall. All other trims are available now.

The base LS trim comes well equipped with Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, aluminum wheels and 10 airbags.

LT and LTZ trims add a 7-inch touch-screen with Chevy's MyLink multimedia system, which includes a standard USB port in the center console and Bluetooth streaming audio. The LT and LTZ trims also come with larger aluminum wheels and carpeted floormats.

The LTZ trim also adds automatic climate control, leather upholstery, fog lights, color LCD screen in the instrument cluster and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The LTZ trim comes with a driver-side one-touch up/down power window and heated front seats. All other trims get a driver-side one-touch (down only) power window, which is standard in almost every new car these days.

Available safety features in the LTZ trim include lane departure warning, and luxury features include push-button start, a passive entry system and high-intensity-discharge headlights. A backup camera is available on the LT and LTZ models, too.

Continue reading below for more pricing details.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing (2012 Pricing)  

  • 1LS: $23,150 ($22,870) 
  • 1LT: $24,765 ($24,230) 
  • 2LT: $26,000 ($27,060) 
  • 3LT with turbo: $27,710 ($29,060) 
  • Eco (1SA): $25,995 (NA) 
  • Eco (2SA): $27,605 (NA) 
  • 1LTZ: $28,590 ($29,360) 
  • 2LTZ with turbo: $30,925 (NA) 

More Chevrolet Malibu News 
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Will Produce 259 Horsepower 
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced at $25235



I'm glad to see Chevy improved the look of the front grill but the new rear is awful. The pricing is on the high side but they can always roll out incentives to bring it down.


Not a fan of the trim names:

1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ, 2LTZ ?!?!


I think maybe GM sets these prices as "valued at" levels and then immediately discounts them with rebates. Otherwise I don't know how they can compete.


Not exactly a huge price gap between Camry and Malibu. Probably equates to an extra dollar per month in a car payment. The reality is Camry, Malibu and fusion are more expensive than passat and the Korean sedans. The base passat isn't exactly lavishly equipped.


Base passat has a manual tranny. That explains price gap. You need 2.5 s with appearance package model for automatic which costs 23460. Malibu and Camry have standard automatics.

Anonymous Coward

"All other trims get a driver-side one-touch (down only) power window, which is standard in almost every new car these days."

Uh, no, one-touch up/down windows are standard in most cars these days. Most of the Euro brands have all four windows set up this way.


I'm pretty sure turbo prices include engine only. The other features don't change on 3lt or ltz. Guess its not a big deal that the passat achieves its low MSRP due to manual transmission. Hard to say cars are equally equipped when one has a stick and other has standard auto.

is this a bad car with an expensive price or a good car with a low price?


This is by far the least attractive car in it's class. It's popular among rental fleets for a reason.


I really wanted to like this car, but Chevy has let me down. The rear end looks nasty, the interior space is almost exactly the same size as a Cruze and no 6 cylinder option. On top of that, I think it looks okay in only a couple colors. The upcoming new Fusion will utterly destroy this attempt at the "all new" Malibu. This version would have been nice in '05 though. Bummer.....


This version of Malibu just went on sale. How can anyone say its popular with rental fleets? Most top selling sedans are big time fleet cars.

As for fusion, I don't see it destroying this car in any way. Fusions big advantage is the hybrid model. Other than that they are pretty evenly matched. Malibu had better standard engine and better turbo engine.


I don't see the Malibu competing with the new Fusion as it's a much, much better car. The Malibu has fallen to the bottom of the barrel in this segment.

Troy S.

It seems to me that GM is still failing in the "listen to consumers" department. Instead of checking to see what consumers want, GM continues to push what it thinks consumers will want. Based on the responses in this thread, GM made yet another bad choice.


Is anyone going to actually explain why fusion is much better? No one has bothered to offer any reasoning for their claim that fusion is far superior. They are similar in terms of features and Malibu has better engine standard. I also think its interior is better.


I don't get your comment at all. Care to elaborate? Or are you just piling on to fit in here?

car lover

Why would ford be said to be a better car when it only has 237 horse power as
opposed to 259 in Malibu


The 2013 Malibu is just one entry in the crowded midsize class.

The best seller in this class is the Camry.

Altima and Accord also do well with individual buyers. In the past Malibu did not fare well with individual buyers.

The comment about the Malibu being popular with rental fleets is valid. I've rented a lot of them.

If I were in the market to buy a midsize sedan, I would look at value and content.

The Camry has the best resale value while the Altima clearly has the price advantage.

The Accord is the most reliable but the Sonata has the styling and content advantage over the whole lot.

If I were forced to buy a Chevy, the Impala clearly is the best buy for the money.

The Impala is a large-class sedan and cost less, the Malibu a midsize. The Impala retails for around $20K with a V6 and all the conveniences. Best buy: Impala.

The last Malibu was supposed to tear Camry owners away from their beloved Camry, but that did not happen.

I seriously doubt that the 2013 Malibu will be any different than the previous version.


Thanks VW for offering a manuel, for us who know how to drive...

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