Chevrolet’s Malibu was originally unveiled as a trim level for the Chevy Chevelle in the mid-sixties. It was sold this way until 1978 and then rebranded as its own line of midsize sedans. After taking a break from the industry in the early 80s, it made a comeback in the 90s. 2014’s version retains 2013’s features, but adds a few of its own to the mix. This award winner blends looks, comfort, and performance, offering pleasurable driving.
Extra legroom, a revised center console, and a revamped exterior front end. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine now offers a stop-start system, while the optional turbo engine experiences increased torque. The vehicle’s suspension is refined, resulting in improved riding and handling. The Eco model retires early in the model year, but, subsequently, all Malibus with the 2.5-liter engine are given an Eco badge.
There are seven trim levels available.
· ECO 4dr Sedan
· LS w/1LS 4dr Sedan
· LT w/1LT 4dr Sedan
· LT w/2LT 4dr Sedan
· LT w/3LT 4dr Sedan
· LTZ w/1LZ 4dr Sedan
· LTZ w/2LZ 4dr Sedan
From its sleek grille to its swept-back headlights, the 2014 Chevy Malibu’s look is evocative of the iconic Camaro and Corvette, while retaining its own unique flair. Alloy wheels, all-season tires, a tire repair kit, and cargo tie downs come standard. Other standard features include variably intermittent windshield wipers, a rear defogger, daytime running lights, and fully automatic and delay-off headlights.
Depending on model, drivers can add several extras, including a front license plate bracket, front and rear splashguards, and a reverse sensing system with camera. Also available are chrome door handles, a rear spoiler, and a power moon roof.
Chrome accents, metallic trim, soft surfaces, and abundant space make the 2014 Malibu’s cabin quite charming and practical.
Standard features include remote keyless power door locks, one-touch power windows, electric power steering, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Front and rear cup holders and door pockets, as well as air conditioning and an AM/FM radio, are also included. Seating is covered in cloth upholstery and offers a height-adjustable and two-way power driver’s seat and split-folding rear seatback.
Optional features vary by trim level and include all-weather floor mats, ambient lighting, and a black all-weather cargo mat. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door transmitter, extra speakers, and navigation system are also available.
A firm, unyielding structure and quality performance features create the Malibu’s smooth and exciting drivability. All models except for the 3LT and 2LZ are powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of 196 horsepower and 186 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. A 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque is standard on the 3LT and 2LZ Malibus, while a 2.4-liter with eAssist is found on the Eco.
Safety wise, drivers can expect rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, two rear height-adjustable headrests, and four-wheel ABS. Also standard are front and rear head airbags, dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags, and rear parking assist.
· 196 hp @ 6,300 rpm
· 186 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm
· EPA highway/city fuel economy, estimated: 35/23 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (3LT and 2LZ models):
· 259 hp @ 5,300 rpm
· 295 lb-ft torque @ 5,200 rpm
· EPA highway/city fuel economy: 30/21 mpg
2.4-liter inline-4 eAssist hybrid:
· 182 hp @ 6,200 rpm
· 172 lb-ft torque @ 4,900 rpm
· EPA highway/city fuel economy: 36/25 mpg