You'll appreciate the redesigned Malibu if you prize a plush, comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. That's where this solid, easygoing sedan excels. It also has simple controls, decent fuel economy and sound handling (although the Malibu is clearly no sports sedan). You'll probably come away disappointed, however, if you need a roomy rear seat.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"My wife loves the handling! The acceleration is very good, my glitch is with the jerkiness (sometimes) at slow speeds do to the ECO system kicking in (Battery drive). The engine stopping and starting at full stops in traffic took awhile to get used to. The Battery takes up a lot of space in the trunk."

Joe V., GA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"always starts, always runs well. very good acceleration."

D O., NY (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car handles well, long drives are not tiring, the 4 cylinder engine is responsive for in town and highway driving. While the sound proof is not the best it dose an ok job. Fuel economy is good 29 over all, 38 on the highway. I continue to be concerned about the ECO battery and its reliability but it is still working."

Terry H., CA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu handles very well. The non- turbo engine is a little under powered. It has to down- shift on some hills."

Michael S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"wonderful acceleration, great handling, great braking."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Despite the 4-cylinder engine, this car has excellent acceleration and handling."

Gloria B., OK (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"very poor acceleration when it comes to passing or leaving a light, rides Smooth once up to speed"

Bryce C., MN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car does accelerate and handle pretty well. Car does understeer a little but is overall decent."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"great passing response"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Absolutely wonderful handling in all conditions. Great acceleration."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I like the difference in gas mileage - 29 mpg vs my previous 22 mpg."

Bruce B., MA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Dealership is terrible"

Bernard T., MA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This is a 4 cyl. and I HATE the way the car shifts. You feel like the car is jerking you around ALL THE TIME. Transmission shifting is too harsh. Loses speed uphill."

Marian F., VA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car accelerates well for it's size engine."

Anita C., MD (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car handles very well at all times. The acceleration is there when needed and goes into overdrive smoothly."

Thomas S., ON (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It picks up speed very quickly. When I picked it up after an oil change once, I passed someone on the highway coming home. Before I knew it, the car was up to 70 mph. I slowed it down in a hurry. It also parks like a dream (parallel)."

Earl G., TN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is poor. When the accelerator is floored, the care strains greatly."

Richard F., AL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great acceleration with the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cyl. Gas mileage good too on regular grade gasoline. Very good handling with a firm ride."

William M., NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu handles very easily. I like the ECO factor."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Handles nicely with good accleration"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Plenty of acceleration when you put the pedal down. Solid quiet ride."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Drives, handles, and has the finish of car 2x its value"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great car."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Hwy. mileage in the high 30's is hurt by single digit mileage when heavily accelerating. Downshifts even on the slightest incline-reducing overall mileage considerably."

J B., CA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very quiet cabin. Good handling."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"No problem with acceleration on Pennsylvania mountains, even with the 4-cylinder engine."

WM C., PA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"If you are used to driving a V6, the Economy doesn't accelerate the same. You have to get used to the difference between a V6 and a V4."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ceiling height is much too low for me and compared to my Camary it is much more difficult to enter."

Ross S., IA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"rides nicer than some luxury vehicles and is extremely quiet, floats over bumps"

Bryce C., MN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Rides excellent."

Virgil E., TX (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu has a very quiet ride. You don't hear much road noise our outside noise. The seats are tall and quite comfortable to sit for long periods of time."

Randy G., UT (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Leather seats are hard and somewhat uncomfortable on long trips over 2-3 hours."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Road noise is very loud inside the vehicle. Have to crank up the audio volume very high to hear properly. Also the ride is somewhat hard as you feel a lot of the road (bumps, uneven pavement, etc)."

Erick S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu gives us a smooth ride and the seats are quite comfortable."

Anita C., MD (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Back seat does not have enough space to install child seat without impacting front seat occupant in front of same. Also, driver seat is uncomfortable for me on long drives (1 hour or more)."

Gloria B., OK (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the seats don't have enough padding and are not that comfortable.The ride is a little harsh over bumps."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the seats are a little tight, but the interior is nice as compared to my previous suv."

Bruce B., MA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"A smooth ride and comfortable interior."

John W., NY (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car is very difficult to get in and out of. There is very limited headroom which compromises the driving position. the seats seem supportive but it is extremely uncomfortable compared to my Camry."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very quiet at highway speeds. Comfortable, secure ride, but the leather seats become a little hard on long trips."

William M., NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Comfortable for long distance trips."

Carol E., TX (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The comfort is slightly above average. Overall, the Malibu offers standard comfort (nothing special)."

Richard F., AL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I like the ride and find the seats very comfortable"

Bruce B., MA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The headrest on the seat is not adjustable forward/backward and makes me sit in a hunched position. I had to buy a small pillow and recline the seat slightly to be able to sit up straight."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very quiet because of the hybrid system that runs on battery power at idle."

WM C., PA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Everything is good except entering and exiting the car."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)


Anonymous, IN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are uncomfortable when driving for 2 or more hours"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"overall is acceptable, better on shorter trips...up to 200 miles, drivers seat gets awkward feeling, but the overall ride is great, smooth. heat can get hot on minimum, why can't radio have more favorites?"

CAROL H., PA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Only complaint is that the front seats are a little hard for a long trip, but fine for short trips and around town."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I'm 6'4" and this car is just too small."

GLORIA B., OK (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Like all cars nowadays it is over priced."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"We bought the Malibu for use with our family. The back seat is worthless. There is no leg room for teens/adults. The back seat is only good for small children or children using car seats."

Randy G., UT (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"04/25/16 Water Pump (32,282 miles) $560.23; 08/16/16 Back Wheel Bearings (35,944 miles) $338.48; 01/21/17 Brake system flush (38,534 miles) $103.73; 01/14/18 Car Battery (45, 649 miles) $111.49. Way too many repairs for mileage the car had been driven."

Marian F., VA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Stylish, aerodynamic, well equipped, comfortable ride."

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Rides & looks like a car costing more."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu was well worth what I paid."

Michael S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good size car comfortable and good looking,well worth the money"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The Malibu as with ALL vehicles selling these day was too expensive."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Didn’t need all the features the salesman talked me into"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I wish I bought a Chevy impala. According to consumer reports the 2013 Chevy Malibu isn’t a good year for that car."

Brian M., IL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"My Malibu has been extremely reliable. The only thing I have replaced so far are the battery, the key fob batteries and an in cabin air filter. Not bad for four years"

Jackie S., MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good American car with relatively few maintenance issues. Power is not great but a good daily commute car."

RICHARD F., TX (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Overall a great vehicle"

MICHAEL P., NB (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Has advanced features/electric steering/parking brake'aluminum hood/brake pads good gor 90.000 milesa"

RUGENE A., MA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good price for a car with many features"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The vehicle depreciated more rapidly than others in the same class. Could not get out of it what I paid for it."

MICHAEL P., NC (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"All around nice performance, fuel economy and reliability relative to the initial cost of the vehicle."

TERRENCE K., MD (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Over priced for what you get. It's a nice vehicle but all new vehicles are over priced...."

ROBERT G., AL (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"a sculpted beauty"

CAROL H., PA (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)

"There is silver on the arm rest which can blind you while driving if the sun shines on it."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Malibu)
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