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Drive Diary: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Turbo - Day 2

William Maley

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Welcome to day two of the Test Diaries on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Turbo. If you're wondering what is the test diaries and/or want to learn more about the Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Turbo, check out Day 1 here.

Lets dig into the Malibu Turbo's engine. Chevrolet's decision to go with a turbo-four instead of V6 isn't that surprising. Most automakers (except for Honda, Nissan, and Toyota) have gone with the turbo-four since it provides the punch of a six without the fuel economy penalties. Whether that comes to fruition or not is something I'll be keeping a close eye during my time.

The engine is a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec four-cylinder producing 259 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine is shared with the Cadillac ATS and not the Buick Regal/Verano Turbo or Regal GS. Those Buicks stick with an older Opel turbo engine.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first got into the Malibu Turbo. I was thinking the engine would be somewhat noisy and there would be some, but not a lot of turbo lag. Thankfully, the 2.0L turbo isn't very noisy at all. I think it could be one of the quietest engines I have driven. There is some turbo lag, but its very minimal. Once out of the lag, the 2.0L packs quite the punch and could fool some people into thinking you're driving a bigger engine due to how smooth the powerband is. Well done GM.

That's it for this entry, stay tuned for day three.

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