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Smartphone integration (available with the upgraded infotainment system) is among the best out there, offering connections to apps such as Pandora Radio with a few simple steps.
Other options for the 2013 Malibu include Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which comes with a seven-inch touch screen and lets passengers stream music via Bluetooth or USB
The 2013 Chevy Malibu meets some of its toughest competitors head to head in terms of standard features, though its base price of $23,150 is higher than some notables in the mid-size sedan class--the Altima, the Sonata, and the Optima among them.
The base Malibu LS comes standard with power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio and a USB port; Bluetooth; cruise control; keyless entry; tilt/telescope steering; steering-wheel controls; and 16-inch wheels.
The Eco, LT, and LTZ models add another set of standard infotainment features that enable better connectivity, and put the Malibu on good footing in the class. All get a 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen and Chevy’s new MyLink connectivity system, which allows drivers to stream Pandora internet radio and catch up with podcasts on Stitcher via Bluetooth streaming. Turbo LT models get 18-inch wheels; a power driver seat; steering-wheel audio controls; and remote start.
One thing MyLink doesn't do is voice-to-text and text-to-voice communication. The Malibu doesn't deliver either of those features, which are available on Camry and Sonata and on Ford's MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles. GM says it's evaluating the safety of the features.
The Malibu LTZ has the most extensive standard features, at a base price of $28,590 for the four-cylinder or $30,925 for the turbo. It gets 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, LED taillamps, leather seats, heated front seats, power front seats with lumbar adjustments, remote start, and a power sunroof.
Options on the LT and LTZ models include a safety package with forward-collision alerts and lane-departure warnings; Eco and LT models can be ordered with leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats. The Malibu LTZ can be ordered with keyless entry and pushbutton start, HID headlamps, memory front seats, and 19-inch wheels.
Bluetooth and satellite radio are standard, but the USB port isn't; MyLink is a smart phone connection.