Full review and photo gallery at link:When the 2013 Malibu's 2.5-liter four-cylinder brings affordable pricing to the Malibu line this summer, and when its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder brings higher performance, then the rest of this car's package will have a chance to shine. It's neither a roomy family sedan nor a zippy sports sedan, but the Malibu is smooth, quiet and solid-feeling, and 2013 brought more electronics to the cabin.
But you'll want to wait until then. The Eco can't compete with a more thorough hybrid for fuel efficiency and can't compete with other midsize sedans for value. Presumably the new engines will be more worthy of the rest of the 2013 Malibu's package than the Eco.