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Vehicle2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco 4dr Sedan w/Premium Audio (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
ReviewAs others, I compared most of the mid-size vehicles. I wanted to buy American (if that is really possible nowadays). Each car has their own benefits, and despite media comments, none really stand out as a clear leader of the pack.
Be careful if you select this model. Its still a fine vehicle, though there are some issues. The 13 Eco is one of a kind, as it appears to be discontinued in 14 (the base 2.5L gets the same mpg).
Many of the features advertised in the normal vehicles are not in the Eco. Mine was advertised to have 10 airbags, though only has 7. Nor does it have the MyLink radio, so forget about Pandora and the other neat features.
I recommend waiting for a 2014.
Best FeaturesDespite the initial high MSRP, the current rebates bring the price into a competitive range. The "hybrid" system works well, and without the noise and electric motor whine of competitors products. 30 mpg local; 38 mpg highway at 2K miles. Quite car and comfortable with most of the features you need/want. Electronic parking brake and sunglass holder are cool, sad that you lose these on the 14.
Worst FeaturesDo not penalize customers that pay >$1000 to have navigation by removing the MyLink features on the radio. I suspect most customers do not expect to lose features when "upgrading" to the "premium radio" system. Also, do a bit more testing before releasing new models. There is no excuse why this car has 3 recalls on the hybrid battery, and it appears that the NHTSA still has questions if the latest fix corrects the problem. The customer should not risk vehicle fires because of this. I would also appreciate if GM would consider spending a few extra $$ for good tires. They have done a good job with reducing the vehicle noise, though put cheap tires on the counter all the good efforts.
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