When you see the head-turning lines of the 2013 Malibu Eco, I’ll tell you what you won’t be thinking: Now that’s a sensible little car. Instead, you’ll be admiring the streamlined aero-optimized features that make you unable to resist the urge to sit inside. Once you succumb to its irresistible invitation to sit in the highly bolstered sport-sculpted seats, you’ll feel the adrenaline pumping as you take in the dual-cockpit design, from which you’ll be sure to notice the high-tech tools like the conveniently positioned 7-inch touchscreen that employs Chevy’s MyLink technology. But then you return from your dream world and wonder: Is this luxury sedan out of your league? Is such a sporty ride practical for your family?
The 2013 Chevy Malibu may look athletic and feel luxurious, but don’t judge this fashionista of a jock too soon. It really is a sensible sedan with high safety ratings and the ultimate in sustainability.
Safety Starts Here
As any responsible adult knows, safety starts with prevention. The collision-avoidance technologies employed by the Malibu Eco include features like these:
• 4-wheel antilock brakes
• Forward Collision Alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• Stabilitrak® Electronic Stability Control System
• Traction control
New features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning may eliminate the need for backseat driver interventions and help keep the peace within your family, but those added bonuses are nothing compared to the kind of reliable preventive safety they provide. Whenever you’re in the way of a rapidly approaching vehicle or performing an unsignaled lane change at speeds higher than 25 mph, your 2013 Malibu will make sure you realize it.
When such high-tech precautions aren’t enough to help you avoid a collision, the Malibu Eco has 10 airbags at the read, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. The ultra-high-strength steel offers reliable structural integrity, making sure you’re as protected as possible.
When it comes to being responsible, we’re all growing in our understanding of how to be responsible global citizens who aren’t just “takers” from the environment. Sometimes those with generally heightened environmental consciousness take exception when it comes to the vehicles they choose to drive. With the 2013 Malibu Eco, you don’t have to lower your standards. Chevy’s “Ecologic” program involves third-party sustainability auditors who oversee landfill-free transmission manufacturing facilities that include wildlife habitat areas and back the claim that 85% of the vehicle is recyclable, when its tour of duty ends.
In addition to manufacturing and recycling issues, the 2013 Malibu Eco employs world-class fuel-efficient technology such as eAssist, which helps the vehicle capture energy to support the powertrain and then preserves it when it’s unneeded. The result is the both energy- and money-saving 37 MPG highway rating. Regenerative braking also involves converting power typically lost during coasting and converts it into electricity that’s stored for whenever it’s needed, further reducing the need to charge the lithium-ion battery.
Far from a guilty pleasure, owning a Malibu Eco will do you and your loved ones a favor, along with the environment you treasure.
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