2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco First Drive Review: Introduction
For years, Toyota and Honda ruled the mid-size segment with their proven, appliance-like offerings, but, more recently, this market has been infused with a sportier spirit making the cars more stylish, more comfortable and more fun to drive. In the Chevy stable, the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu definitely hits all of these key points, and brings back a hybrid model with the Malibu Eco. Sharing its platform with the Buick LaCrosse, it only made sense equip the 2013 Malibu Eco with GM's eAssist mild-hybrid system, and since Chevy is launching this fuel-efficient trim level first (these cars on the way to dealerships right now), we had the chance to drive the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco in Austin, Texas for this first drive review. The Malibu Eco marks the return of the Malibu to the hybrid segment following the cancelation of the Malibu Hybrid in 2010.