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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

Only had the LTZ for a day but here is the inital comparison of the two since i owned the eco (loaded) and Traded it for the LTZ.

1. The stereo functionality is completely different my eco had NAV and so does the LTZ. But most menu items are different. If there is an SD card with Maps on the LTZ, it's in a different location than the ECO.

2. Love the push start in the LTZ, had it in my Cruze.

3. The suspension seems to be stiffer and more responsive.

4. The power difference is night and day. I'd rather have it and not need need it, then need it and not have it. Loving it!

5. I put roughly 45 miles on her yesterday, the DIC Average mpg is 24.9 Haven't hammered the throttle yet. I choose to use 91 octane (for future mods), first one was on the dealer.

6. Rear back up camera appears to be different, eco was clearer. In all fairness I have yet to see if there is any enhancement software features.

7. The LTZ LEDs are way sexy, also love the 19" rims.

8. I hear more road noise in the LTZ, I'm thinking that is because of the tire difference. LTZ has 19 low profile tires.

9. Cant recall if my eco had HID lighting, but I'm pleased with LTZ night time visibility.

10. The Front grill on the LTZ is a silver/gray color, eco was black. Not sure which one I like better. i do know that I absolutely hate the Mattel size bowtie on the front. I'm Hoping an aftermarket Co. will make and insert so I can get it removed.

11. Same observation I had on the eco, the back seat leg room is terrible. 95% of the time I have no passengers, but damn.

12. I have a spare now instead of a can of fix a flat and the trunk space is huge in comparison.

That's it for now,

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Re: Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

I wonder if your camera lens is dirty if it isn't as clear.
The Eco is not available with HID.
I believe all LTZ Malibus have came with silver grills while the non LTZ had black. A couple of people on here have put a vinyl overlay or painted their bowtie the same color as their car to make it stand out less.


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Re: Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

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Pics or it didn't happen!

Congrats on the upgrade to something you'll enjoy more for longer!


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Re: Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

I'm sure you probably already noticed and overlooked posting it here, but the LTZ also has turn signal indicators in the mirrors which the Eco doesn't have.


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My new LTZ

Nutcrunch thanks for pionting the signals out, I knew it had them but since I can't see them when I'm driving I failed to mention them.

No the lens is not dirt, and it doesnt have a scratch plastic protector on it. I also checked the set up today, the manual say's there is diaganol direction for the camera. The feature is not avalable in setup, per the manual. Hmmm.


I have some carbon fiber (vinyl) white diamond in color, I may brake out the ezacto knife and cover the bowties .

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Re: Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

mzodarg, this is an excellent report! Thank you for taking the time to write your comparisons, and who better to do it than an "average" driver who has owned both? This helps me make up my mind.

I, too, find the front emblem detracts a bit.
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I, too, find the front emblem detracts a bit.
Your kinder then me, I think it looks like pure sh!t. It's like Hey look it's a Chevy to the car in front of you that's 1/2 mile away.

Hope the aftermarket comes up with something, I'd like to see something inovative that debages it.

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We’re glad you’re enjoying your new 2013 Malibu LTZ, mzodarg! Please, don’t hesitate to contact me in the future with comments, questions and/or concerns.

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Re: Initial comparison 13 ECO Vs.2LTZ

It's not only the LTZ that has the turn signals on the mirrors. I know my LT has them too.
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