2014 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2014:

  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard automatic start/stop system
  • Improved fuel economy
  • More powerful optional turbocharged engine
  • Refined suspension tuning
  • Revised styling, new interior trim, more rear-seat room
  • Available Siri Eyes Free technology with hands-free texting
  • Enhanced safety technologies

Introduction
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize family sedan competing in the largest segment in the new-car market. Primary competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.

Models and Features
The 2014 Malibu is sold in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Choosing the Malibu LT adds premium cloth seat fabric, ambient cabin lighting, floor mats, and a Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch color touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, USB port, and voice-recognition technology. The Malibu LT also has projector-beam headlights and body-color heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.

Buyers can upgrade the LT with a 2LT or a 3LT equipment group. The Malibu 2LT includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote engine starting system, fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a spare tire. The Malibu 3LT is essentially the same car, but with the more powerful, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and larger brakes.

The Malibu LTZ builds upon Malibu 2LT trim with leather seats, a power front passenger's seat, heated front seats, express-up operation for the driver's window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cargo net, dual exhaust outlets, and 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. A 2LTZ upgrade group includes the turbocharged engine, larger brakes, and a power sunroof.

Options and Packages
Apart from rear park-assist sensors and a Protection package that adds floor mats, a cargo net, and body side moldings, the Malibu LS is offered primarily with dealer-installed options.

Choosing the Malibu LT grants access to a long menu of extras, including additional interior and exterior colors, upgraded wheels, and features such as a reversing camera, universal garage door opener, remote engine starting, and a power sunroof. Additionally, the Malibu 2LT and 3LT offer available leather seats, heated front seats, a premium audio system, navigation system, 120-volt power outlet, and an Advanced Safety package containing forward-collision alert, side blind-zone alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert technologies.

The Malibu LTZ is exclusively available with HID headlights, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and memory for the driver's preferred settings. Additional upgrades include the Advanced Safety package, a reversing camera, 120-volt power outlet, universal garage door opener, premium audio system, navigation system, and a power sunroof. The Malibu 2LTZ is the only version that can be fitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Malibu is equipped with a new direct-injection, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 196 horsepower. Equipped with automatic start/stop technology, which shuts the engine off while idling in traffic or at intersections, the new engine is more fuel-efficient than the one it replaces.

Buyers can upgrade to a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine by selecting the Malibu 3LT or 2LTZ trim levels. This power plant generates 259 horsepower, and for 2014, torque is increased, now measuring 295 lb.-ft. between 3,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm. Chevrolet says premium fuel is recommended for this engine, but is not required.

Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the Malibu's front wheels. As this overview is written, Chevrolet has not announced whether the previous eAssist powertrain will continue for 2014, or if it has been shelved.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2014 Malibu with the standard engine is rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Choose the turbocharged engine and the Malibu is expected to return 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2014 Malibu with 5 stars (out of 5 stars) for frontal-impact and 4 stars for rollover. The NHTSA has not rated side-impact protection, and has not given the car an overall rating. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not assigned ratings to the 2014 Malibu as this article is written.

For 2014, the Malibu is available with side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems, which are added to the optional Advanced Safety package for Malibu 2LT, 3LT, LTZ, and 2LTZ trim levels. They join a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system. The Malibu can also be fitted with a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors.

OnStar telematics is standard for all Malibus, and includes a free 6-month subscription to services including Automatic Crash Response, which activates if the car's air bags deploy and can send emergency rescuers directly to the scene of the accident even if nobody inside of the Malibu is responsive. Additionally, OnStar offers an opt-in FamilyLink location-sharing feature that allows parents to keep tabs on where young drivers might be taking the Malibu.

What's New for 2014:

  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard automatic start/stop system
  • Improved fuel economy
  • More powerful optional turbocharged engine
  • Refined suspension tuning
  • Revised styling, new interior trim, more rear-seat room
  • Available Siri Eyes Free technology with hands-free texting
  • Enhanced safety technologies

Introduction
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize family sedan competing in the largest segment in the new-car market. Primary competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.

Models and Features
The 2014 Malibu is sold in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Choosing the Malibu LT adds premium cloth seat fabric, ambient cabin lighting, floor mats, and a Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch color touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, USB port, and voice-recognition technology. The Malibu LT also has projector-beam headlights and body-color heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.

Buyers can upgrade the LT with a 2LT or a 3LT equipment group. The Malibu 2LT includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote engine starting system, fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a spare tire. The Malibu 3LT is essentially the same car, but with the more powerful, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and larger brakes.

The Malibu LTZ builds upon Malibu 2LT trim with leather seats, a power front passenger's seat, heated front seats, express-up operation for the driver's window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cargo net, dual exhaust outlets, and 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. A 2LTZ upgrade group includes the turbocharged engine, larger brakes, and a power sunroof.

Options and Packages
Apart from rear park-assist sensors and a Protection package that adds floor mats, a cargo net, and body side moldings, the Malibu LS is offered primarily with dealer-installed options.

Choosing the Malibu LT grants access to a long menu of extras, including additional interior and exterior colors, upgraded wheels, and features such as a reversing camera, universal garage door opener, remote engine starting, and a power sunroof. Additionally, the Malibu 2LT and 3LT offer available leather seats, heated front seats, a premium audio system, navigation system, 120-volt power outlet, and an Advanced Safety package containing forward-collision alert, side blind-zone alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert technologies.

The Malibu LTZ is exclusively available with HID headlights, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and memory for the driver's preferred settings. Additional upgrades include the Advanced Safety package, a reversing camera, 120-volt power outlet, universal garage door opener, premium audio system, navigation system, and a power sunroof. The Malibu 2LTZ is the only version that can be fitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Malibu is equipped with a new direct-injection, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 196 horsepower. Equipped with automatic start/stop technology, which shuts the engine off while idling in traffic or at intersections, the new engine is more fuel-efficient than the one it replaces.

Buyers can upgrade to a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine by selecting the Malibu 3LT or 2LTZ trim levels. This power plant generates 259 horsepower, and for 2014, torque is increased, now measuring 295 lb.-ft. between 3,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm. Chevrolet says premium fuel is recommended for this engine, but is not required.

Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the Malibu's front wheels. As this overview is written, Chevrolet has not announced whether the previous eAssist powertrain will continue for 2014, or if it has been shelved.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2014 Malibu with the standard engine is rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Choose the turbocharged engine and the Malibu is expected to return 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2014 Malibu with 5 stars (out of 5 stars) for frontal-impact and 4 stars for rollover. The NHTSA has not rated side-impact protection, and has not given the car an overall rating. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not assigned ratings to the 2014 Malibu as this article is written.

For 2014, the Malibu is available with side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems, which are added to the optional Advanced Safety package for Malibu 2LT, 3LT, LTZ, and 2LTZ trim levels. They join a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system. The Malibu can also be fitted with a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors.

OnStar telematics is standard for all Malibus, and includes a free 6-month subscription to services including Automatic Crash Response, which activates if the car's air bags deploy and can send emergency rescuers directly to the scene of the accident even if nobody inside of the Malibu is responsive. Additionally, OnStar offers an opt-in FamilyLink location-sharing feature that allows parents to keep tabs on where young drivers might be taking the Malibu.

Available Trims for the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22340.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name ECO (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25945.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23610.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25315.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26850.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27790.00 Engine 2.5L/150 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29950.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/30
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket
  • Seat adjuster, driver, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger, 4-way manual
  • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
  • Seat, rear, 60/40 split-folding
  • Armrest, center, rear with cup holders
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature and fuel gauge
  • Driver Information Center, color display includes trip/fuel information, vehicle information and vehicle messages
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
  • Door and window locks, rear child security
  • Remote Keyless Entry includes panic alarm button
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, power located in CHMSL decklid, push button open on key fob
  • Compass display
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning with humidity sensor
  • Defogger, rear-window
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary 1 in integrated center stack, 1 in center console
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Console, overhead
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with theater dimming and delayed entry/exit
  • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Coat hooks, driver- and passenger-side rear
  • Dead pedal, driver
  • Trim, seat, Premium Cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver power lumbar
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and front passenger
  • Storage, innovative hidden storage behind 7" diagonal touch screen, large storage in front and rear door panels, and console storage
  • Lighting, Ice Blue ambient lighting, instrument panel, shifter and front door handles
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Compass display (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
  • Trim, seat, leather-appointed
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger power lumbar
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Window, power, driver with Express-Up and Down
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Cargo convenience net, trunk
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P215/60R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit (Included and only available with (9L3) Spare Tire Not Desired.)
  • Wheel, spare, not desired
  • Tire, spare, not desired
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Headlamps, reflector/reflector type
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, black
  • Glass, solar absorbing
  • Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) 5-spoke aluminum
  • Tires, P225/55R17, all-season blackwall
  • Headlamps, projector type
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable with integrated turn signals, body-color
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18, all-season blackwall
  • Wheel, spare
  • Tire, spare
  • Sunroof, power
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and intake Variable Valve Lift (iVVL) and NEW auto stop/start (196 hp [146.2 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [257.9 N-m] 4400 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive
  • Gear select, manual mode
  • Front wheel drive
  • Suspension, front, MacPherson strut
  • Suspension, rear 4-link
  • Steering, power, non-variable ratio, electric, rack-mounted
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance with FNC rotors
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DI (Direct Injection) with eAssist (auto stop/start) technology and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6200 rpm, 171 lb-ft of torque [230.9 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio
  • Battery, 60AH
  • Electric motor generator, eAssist, 15 kW
  • Regenerative braking
  • Tool kit, road emergency
  • Engine, 2.0L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (259 hp [193.1 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 295 lb-ft of torque [398.3 N-m] @ 5200 rpm)
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel tips
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brake Assist, panic
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all positions
    • Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio, delete
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2014 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM All Access package, with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. With All Access, listen to everything, everywhere, in your car and on your computer, smartphone or tablet. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will a
    • Audio system feature, USB port located in center console
    • Audio system feature, display, 7" diagonal, touch-screen, color located on center stack, rotates upward for storage behind
    • Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones
    • Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for phone, music and radio; Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible; Gracenote (Playlist+, Album Art); software updatable for radio software and Gracenote database (Included with (UFU) AM/FM stereo with CD player.)
    • Gracenote database (Playlist+, Album Art)
    • Voice recognition for phone, music and radio
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack (Includes (UDY) 7" diagonal color touch-screen display.)

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