I'm trying something new here with the blog portion on Cheers & Gears with the vehicles I get the chance to review. I going to keep up a diary of sorts for every vehicle that I get in. This will not be taking the place of the interactive review, nor the full/quick reviews. Instead, this will be addendum of sorts; some of my thoughts, behind the scenes look at what goes on, or a number of other things.
With that out of the way, it's time to introduce the first vehicle that will take part in this; the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Turbo. Anyone who remembers the last time I had 2013 Malibu knows I wasn't really impressed. Most of it comes from the Malibu being the Eco model, the launch model for the new Malibu. I found the powertrain to be lacking in fuel economy and the stop/start system only started. There was also the problem of rear seat space in the Eco, something GM will be fixing in the 2014 model.
Now I'm in the other extreme of the Malibu lineup, the new Turbo model. The Turbo engine in question is the 2.0L EcoTech four-cylinder producing 259 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. All of that power goes through six-speed automatic down to the front wheels.
Much like the Malibu Eco, the LTZ Turbo has almost the same positive and negative points as the Eco.
Good Looking Exterior
Back Seat Space
There's another minus that I discovered when the Malibu LTZ Turbo was dropped off on Friday morning: the pricetag. The base LTZ Turbo starts at $29,700. The test car I have is loaded with such things as navigation, nine-speaker Pioneer sound system, push-button start, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning, and a few other features stickers at $34,595* (includes $810.00 destination charge). My eyes popped out my head when seeing that.
I'll be writing more about the Malibu Turbo as my time goes on, so stay tuned.