2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review: Car Reviews

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1. A 2.5L makes 196 hp and 186 lb-ft while an 2.0T makes 259 hp and 295 lb-ft.

2. transmission is a six-speed automatic.

3. The is rated at 25 MPG city, 36 MPG highway. The is rated at 21/30 MPG.

4. starts at $22,965 including

So Chevrolet went back to the drawing board to revise the for the 2014 model year and some of these shortcomings. up was the exterior. The front-end is massaged to resemble the 2014 Impala, features Chevrolet’s new corporate The bar that dissects the grill is down and less pronounced. As the larger lower grill the car not only look more but also more aggressive.

the rear end was not touched and those quad square tail are still there in all their glory.


But under the hood, the news better. An updated version of 2.5-liter direct injection engine with new variable lift control (iVLC) is now the engine. It is officially rated at 196 hp and 186 of torque, which is down one hp and lb-ft compared to last

The reason for this tuning is to greater efficiency and paired the standard start/stop technology, it can now fuel economy ratings of 25 MPG and 36 MPG highway; three mpg better in the and two better on highway than year’s 2.5-liter engine and far competitive for this class. The new is as efficient as the 2.4-liter eAssist so Chevrolet thankfully decided to that unloved engine. Now if would just get the memo…

See 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Being less than on start/stop technology, I didn’t high hopes for it in the Malibu, since there isn’t a way to it off. However, Chevrolet on this technology through the program and appears to have it. The transition between start-stop-start is smoother than the systems in BMWs or Mercedes-Benzes even.

To ensure the car has enough juice to auxiliary items running the engine is off, the 2.5-liter comes with two batteries in the one in the front and one in the rear and to even maximize efficiency, there is an mode for the air conditioning unit.


Chevrolet roughly 80-90 percent of buyers will go for the 2.5-liter After a brief drive Michigan in the new car, the engine plenty powerful enough for car and probably is the better choice for and fuel savings. But if it’s power you are after, you’re in

Chevy decided to tweak the turbocharged four-cylinder engine as

Although it still makes the 259 hp, there’s quite a bit more Now with an extra 35 lb-ft on this Malibu has a massive 295 of torque total. That is than any other engine in a comparable mid-size sedan and to propel this car from mph in under six seconds.

Fuel is decent at 25 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, but trails the 2014 Mazda6, offers up to 28 MPG in the city and 40 on the highway.

The automatic found with engine is reworked this as is the chassis. The 2013 Malibu had one of the creamiest rides in the mid-size market, but Chevrolet made a few derived from the 2014 program to further refine the The car doesn’t only feel isolated from road but also handles better and more composed on the road; with the 2.0T.

A gripe we had with the 2013 was the artificial steering feeling. For it is stiffer and feels far more to the road, but it still isn’t With these enhancements, the 3,660 lbs. top-of-the-line feels a bit playful and hides its well.


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As much as Chevrolet wanted to fix all of the short comings, it would be to address rear seat completely without redesigning the body. Still, Chevrolet did was physically possible to improve seat space and succeeded to a

The front seat backs are and have indents built them that add 1.25 of knee room. The rear feature a revised cushion allowing passengers to sit deeper. though the Malibu is still with the same 36.8 of rear seat legroom as the model, the extra space in the seats is instantly apparent. said, headroom is still a bit

Although Chevrolet claims the and egress have improved, the C still intrudes into the seat area and blocks outward vision for rear passengers.

See Also: 2013 Malibu LTZ Review

Another issue had to do with the center that, of course, is redesigned year. A longer, but non-sliding offers good support for without hiding one of the cup holders in the 2013 model. Chevrolet’s MyLink system dominates the stack along with useful, albeit cheap buttons.

In fact, most materials are similar to last model like the unpleasant wheel and dash coverings; some new ‘wood’ accents been added this

Despite the rear seat shuffling, the car’s trunk the same size at 16.3 feet.


New available technology like side zone alert and rear traffic alert have added this year to to Chevrolet’s target market of families and young non-corporate men. Starting at $22,965 destination charges, the fact the will also come Chevrolet’s 24-month free program should only this demographic further.

be told, that’s necessary if Chevrolet hopes to sell many. Much improved, the Malibu is now a contender in the mid-size segment; or at least it would be if were last year.

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