2014 Chevrolet Malibu – Top Speed

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu

$22000 Engine: inline-4 Six-speed Automatic Horsepower @ 196 MPG(Cty): 23 MPG(Hwy): 35 Torque @ 186 Energy: iVLC Displacement: 2.5 L time: 8.3 sec. (Est.) Top 130 mph

The revised Chevrolet Malibu is now positioned to compete in the hyper-competitive sedan arena with a nose, refreshed engine and a bump in performance for the Malibu

The advertising spend for the launch of the Malibu was the largest in General history, and even today, the remain of that cherry red plastered on every billboard, and broadcast media outlet. A mistake when launching the model was a press car painted the red color. The color and ultra-subtle evolution meant consumers didn’t notice the change and to more distinctive competitors the new Ford Fusion.

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The Chevy Malibu also stiff competition on dealer from the previous model was now packing huge discounts in to clear inventory. For buyers a new Malibu, the larger back of the previous model and a pile of on the hood were enough to them to go for the older, nearly styled model.

Fighting to attention, the 2014 Malibu real interior and exterior into the long-running ‘Bu nameplate. The marks out the biggest change and a new take on the split-bar grille of Chevy sedans. Perhaps critically, Chevy’s press show a car in dark grey paint that significantly the perceived value of the car.

Anything but cherry red,

So how does the revised 2014 lineup compare with the top in the segment for value, comfort, and style? Offered in standard, Eco and trims, the Malibu is finally out of the doldrums and firmly a contender for the top midsize sedan.

Click the jump for the full review and gallery.


The new ‘Bu has a reshaped that softens the old look, the grille design and adds chrome accents to mark it from some of the blander entries, like the Toyota and Honda Accord. The look expresses Chevy’s new nose as seen on the latest Impala and SS among others. The language of a heavy-handed application of shapes and creases in the bumper plastic, as as projector-beam headlights in the absolute top of the nose for a wider stance on the

Instead of equally emphasizing the above and below the bowtie the new model adds chrome to just the lower grille, is now rounder and deeper than on Chevrolets. The hood crests sharply and extends further to give a modern, clean that the previous cars The effect is successful overall, but may be too similar to the original 2008 appearance for some tastes.

The sides of the car are unchanged and still a nice rising swage from the front bumper flows through the now-chrome handles. The exterior mirrors now turn signal repeaters in outer edges, something helps mark out premium and a feature that also has active safety benefits of the car more visible to others turning or changing lanes.

the profile, the rear end vaguely the 2005 BMW 5-series around the trunk line and the shape of the lights from the side. the rear view, however, is clearly no BMW. A four-pack of LED brake lights try too hard to Chevrolet’s performance models, but do a nice light signature at under braking.

The Malibu#8217;s end is much nicer than the tail of the latest Impala. As GM style comes in two flavors: or hideous.

The front is missing the LED day-time running lights new car shoppers like, but forthcoming Eco and variants may address this feature.

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The interior of the Malibu keeps the and design of the older model, updating some of its tech offering new color combos and better materials. Overall, the – in the photos – very narrow, something us certainly don’t like. The console is a good example of the dimensions – the cup holders are small and no room for two together so one lives way behind the clunky shifter.

Showing some touch reality, the console does two cubbies that are perfect for and deep enough to keep from flying around the

The center stack looks in its rounded, silver plastic but the controls within seem with large buttons are flush to the smooth surface and with five knobs to easy adjustments to the basics. and center, and framed in a piano shroud that looks is Chevy#8217;s latest MyLink to control infotainment.

The big question is the double rainbow dashboard has faux vents across its width, ribbed to match the air vents at the edges. It’s one of design touches that seemed like a cool to a design student on his computer, but in life it just looks there’s a giant gap between the top and halves of the dashboard.

The new Malibu has than 1 inch of extra legroom versus last but is still down more 4 inches versus the larger model.

Ambient interior creates a quasi-premium indigo effect on the inside of the car at night. surfaces and new faux-wood designs are in the cards for 2014, but only GM drivers will feel this is a truly classy or cockpit.

Drivetrain, Suspension and

The 2013 Malibu might be a big fail based on the depth of the to how the 2014 model drives. In the rendering above, Chevy its new engine, newly refined response, new suspension settings, new settings, transmission settings and steering feel. For those track, that is the car’s driver package re-developed just one year.

In reality, the Malibu was a half-baked effort during a time of deep for the auto giant. If anything, the changes show there’s a new and driving satisfaction goal Chevy#8217;s latest models. of Europe is endlessly lauded for its refined chassis tuning, but finesse doesn#8217;t happen

There needs to be an overarching for how the cars drive and laborious tweaking; something Chevy is much better with its releases.

The big news for the volume is an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder packs automatic stop/start in still-impressive (but slightly horsepower and torque figures as as fuel economy that close to last year’s Eco model.

The new 2.5-liter engine is sophisticated with direct dual overhead camshafts and a iVLC two-step variable technology. All models are paired a six-speed automatic with buttons for manual override. is expected to match the previous 8.3-second 0-to-60 mph time topping out at a limited 130 mph max speed.

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The choice is the 2.0-liter turbocharged which packs 14 percent torque lower in the rev range. The makes 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of despite a re-tune for slightly efficient running at highway


The new Malibu is well-equipped in active and passive safety On the active, or

“prevent the crash,” the ‘Bu packs all the latest electronics to the car under control in even the conditions. In addition to the required ESP, and EBD, the Malibu includes:

Brake Assist: apply the right brake to stop the vehicle even if a hasn’t hit the brakes hard Corner Brake Control: a of always-on stability control distributes brake force to the front and rear, as well as to right, wheels under in a corner. Hydraulic Brake assist: Helps limit the of brake fade by applying pressure to squeeze the brakes and the car. Drag Torque doesn#8217;t let the wheels lose even when engine on a slippery surface Optional Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross Traffic radar-based systems to alert to other cars they or couldn’t see from the driver’s Optional – backup camera

these German-style safety it seems Chevy is finally seriously competitive. On the passive front (protection in an accident), the ‘Bu is rated with 10 airbags and a overall score from the and Top Safety Pick status IIHS.


The revised 2014 arrives late summer at Chevrolet dealer lots Here’s hoping these can clear the inventory of existing before then, or a repeat of year’s botched launch is in the cards. No 2013 Malibu’s been made since 2012.

Pricing is expected to consistent with the previous low $23,000 base price, to $34,000 with every on the 2LT Turbo. This starting point marks the Malibu from smaller rivals cost the same money, the Ford Focus .

Recalls and

The Malibu is too new to have any recalls, but the Eco model with the eAssist hybrid setup was recalled for “Generator Control Modules” caused a loss of charge and had the possibility of starting a fire the batteries in the trunk.

Overall and residuals for the Malibu are worse-than-average, resale value a particular low for Chevy sedans.


The new packs a striking design, a and lower profile, and many interior features that the lacks. All the good Fusion (besides its shapely curves and nose) are pricey options, but it have a full Hybrid available and is also a candidate for the ST in 2014.

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