2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

April 23, 2014
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The Malibu didn’t shine in the midsize sedan market where competition is tightest. So even if it went through a total redesign just in the previous year, Chevy decided to make more improvements for the 2014 model. It gave the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu an enhanced suspension, a sleeker body and a roomier interior. A lot of cars in the segment are still better than the Malibu but the latter has some impressive things to boast of and offer. Serene ride and a fuel-saving engine are just a few.

NEW FOR THE 2014 MALIBU

  • more center-console storage
  • increased rear-seat legroom
  • stop-start feature for the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • revised front fascia and suspension
  • turbocharged engine’s increased torque (295 pound-feet)
  • optional rear cross traffic alert and blind spot warning system

UNDER THE HOOD

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 196 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque powers Malibu models with an Eco badge. It is now standard with the fuel-saving stop-start technology. Meanwhile, the 3LT and LTZ models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which puts out 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All Malibus are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels.

EPA fuel economy estimates show that the 2014 Malibu returns 25 city mpg, 36 highway mpg and 29 combined mpg with the 2.5-liter four. The turbo engine is less fuel-efficient at 21/30/24 mpg.

ON THE ROAD

For 2014, Chevrolet tweaked the chassis to improve the Malibu’s ride quality and handling. So you can expect to experience a quiet and comfortable ride and confident handling from the 2014 Malibu. But some reviewers don’t like to call the experience fun.

The base 2.5-liter engine provides the Malibu with ample power to move around towns and on highways. Unlike in other cars, the new auto stop-start system works seamlessly in the Malibu. It has also significantly improved the sedan’s fuel economy.

The turbocharged engine, on the other hand, is more on the performance side. It accelerates really quickly from a stop and does highway passing effortlessly. The downside is the Malibu becomes less fuel efficient. But if you’re looking for a V6-powered sedan, the Malibu 3LT or LTZ, which are powered by this turbocharged engine, will do.

INSIDE THE 2014 MALIBU

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The Malibu’s cabin looks and feels like that of an entry-level luxury sedan. It is attractive and soft-touch materials abound. The controls and the MyLink interface are easy to use. But some reviewers wrote that the touchscreen is sometimes unresponsive.

The front seats are comfortable and the rear seats provide competitive hip room and shoulder room. But even if Chevy has already increased the rear legroom, competing midsize sedans still offer more.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Chevy Malibu has a total of 6 models namely, LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ and 2LTZ. Check out the standard features that go with these models as well as the options.

LS: 10 airbags, daytime running lights, OnStar, Bluetooth, hi-res driver information center, remote keyless entry, 60/40 split folding rear seatback, cloth upholstery, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, 16-inch aluminum wheels

1LT: side-mirror-integrated turn signals, ambient interior lighting, cloth/leatherette seating surfaces, MyLink Radio (with 7-inch color touchscreen, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, smartphone integration, Gracenote and voice recognition technology)

2LT/3LT: fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start system, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar control, 18-inch aluminum wheels

LTZ: auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, 8-way power front-passenger seat with lumbar control, heated front seats, LED taillights, power sunroof (on 2LTZ)

Premium Package: HID headlights, keyless access with push-button start, driver memory feature

Advanced Safety Package: rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, forward Other Options: navigation system, 17-inch wheels, 19-inch wheels, 9-speaker sound system, rearview camera

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