2014 Chevrolet Malibu

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Front Three Quarter Motion
There’s no question General Motors needs the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu to be an outright hit. There’s also no question that the 2013 Malibu wasn’t exactly that. An oddly staggered roll-out, lukewarm reception from critics, and fuel economy figures that trailed competitors didn't do the first new Malibu in six years any favors.
Chris Perry, Chevrolet’s vice president of marketing, maintains the 2013 Malibu was “competitive,” but a quick peek at the sales volumes suggests that’s an optimistic take, at best. Although the Chevy outsold the Hyundai Sonata/ Kia Optima twins in 2012, along with the Volkswagen Passat, it was absolutely trounced by its chief rivals, including the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord.
What to do? The old GM mentality would be to simply shrug, say “oh well,” slap ever-increasing spiffs on the hood in order to move inventories, and largely ignore the car until the next product cycle. Instead, the new GM worked to address some of the criticism by updating the Malibu for the 2014 model year.

Nip/Tuck

While most of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu’s exterior sheetmetal is unchanged, it receives a very minor facelift. A new front fascia, which sports a wider split grille that’s vaguely reminiscent of the new 2014 Impala, is the only exterior update, and helps tie the Malibu in with Chevy’s latest design language.
As such, that means the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu isn’t physically larger than before. At 191.5 inches long, the Malibu is one of the longest midsize sedans on the market, but the 2013 model was criticized for lacking rear-seat knee- and legroom. A new scalloped front seatback provides an extra 1.25 inches of kneeroom, but rear-seat legroom remains in the middle of the midsize pack at 36.8 inches.
Other interior upgrades are slight. Cabin materials and design haven’t changed much since last year, but dash trim is now a grayish agathis-like pattern instead of last year’s IKEA-grade faux wood. The center console was also redesigned to provide a few small cubbies sized perfectly for holding cell phones. On that note, Chevrolet’s familiar MyLink infotainment system, which is standard on 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT and LTZ models, now incorporates both text-to-speech functionality and iPhone Siri integration. Lane departure and forward collision alerts were previously available on the Malibu, but both blind-spot detection and rear cross-path detection systems are new for 2014.

Rebuilding The Base Engine

The most drastic change on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu lies with its base engine, although a cursory glance at specifications wouldn’t suggest that. Like the 2013 Malibu, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu’s standard engine offering is a direct-injection 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder, but it now boasts the same two-stage valve lift system used in the 2014 Impala’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
The even bigger news is that the 2.5-liter I-4 is now paired with a new start-stop system, which shuts the engine down for up to two minutes when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. A large 12-volt lead-acid AGM battery underhood helps provide electrical power while the engine isn’t running, while a smaller AGM battery located in the trunk helps stabilize the system when the engine is being restarted.
Unlike other start/stop systems, however, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t allow the driver to have much say in whether or not the system is activated. Don’t bother looking for a switch to deactivate the start/stop system – there isn’t one. According to Malibu chief engineer Todd Pawlik, this is possible because the new system is seamlessly blended into the car’s operation. “If you seamlessly integrate start/stop into the car, the customer will never need or want to turn it off, “ he claims. “They’ll only want to turn it off if it isn’t doing what it’s supposed to.”
The two key elements in smoothing the start-stop system are a revised six-speed automatic transmission and a new dual-solenoid starter. In addition to new calibration and hardware changes, the 6T45 transmission features an auxiliary transmission fluid pump, which pressurizes the front clutches in order to quell lag time upon restarting the engine. Meanwhile, control of the starter motor’s rotation and engagement are independent of one another. This allows the starter to be smoothly re-start the engine over a wider range of speeds, which helps smooth re-starts triggered during the engine’s shut-down process (e.g. rolling stops).
These revisions don’t increase the 2.5-liter’s power – it’s still rated at 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque – but they do increase fuel economy. While the 2013 Malibu 2.5 earned EPA marks of 22 mpg city and 34 highway, the 2014 Malibu with the 2.5-liter is rated at 25 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway, besting all base engines in the segment save for the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

Turbo Continues, Hybrid Disappears

Buyers seeking a little more power can still opt for the familiar 259-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, which is available on the 2014 Malibu LT and LTZ. Unlike the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, the turbocharged 2.0-liter doesn’t receive a new six-speed automatic, nor is it available with the new start/stop system.
Buyers won’t, however, be able to order a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with a hybrid drivetrain of any sort. Although GM once indicated it would offer its eAssist mild hybrid system in the 2014 Malibu, it revealed yesterday that it’s reversed course. That’s hardly surprising, considering the new 2014 Malibu 2.5 delivers identical fuel economy numbers as the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist. Seeing as the 2.5-liter/start-stop combination is far less expensive to manufacture and sell, the decision is a no-brainer.
Does this mean e-Assist is dead? Not so, say GM representatives, who claim the automaker is already working on a next-generation version of the mild-hybrid driveline. Whether that new driveline will appear in this iteration of the Malibu or not remains to be seen, as GM officials aren’t commenting on either timing or potential applications for the new system.

Polish Leads To Poise

During a drive between Plymouth and Pinckney, Michigan, we spent most of our time piloting 2014 Malibus equipped with the revamped 2.5-liter I-4. The four-cylinder provided decent power for hustling the Malibu over the hilly terrain we encountered. The revised six-speed automatic is certainly a boon, as it is both smoother and quicker to respond to throttle inputs with a downshift than the previous transmission. The engine still sounds a bit buzzy in the upper portion of its rev range, but no vibration or harshness is physically transmitted into the cabin.
Our prior experiences with GM’s eAssist systems led us to be skeptical of the promise of a seamless start-stop system in the Malibu. We’re now serving our hats as entrees. The 2014 Malibu’s start/stop system is far more polished than many others on the market. The irritating jerkiness frequently encountered during rolling or partial stops never once reared its head. We also like how the 2014 Malibu powers its electric power steering during an engine stop; a minor detail, but it means inadvertent bumps of the steering wheel at a stop light won’t prompt the engine to immediately fire up.
Speaking of the electric power steering, we previously criticized the system for feeling too light and overboosted. A recalibrated rack doesn’t provide any additional feel or feedback – par for this segment, really – but it does feel more weighted, Like before, the 2014 Malibu feels firm and balanced, and the revised dampers do help curb the float that previously plagued the car.
These revisions don’t reinvent the Malibu, but they certainly help polish the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu into something we can finally consider a competitive midsize sedan.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu

New For 2014

Along with some cosmetic updates both inside and out, the 2014 Malibu benefits from a more powerful 2.5-liter I-4, a torque increase for the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, increased rear legroom, and soft-touch materials within the cabin.

Vehicle Summary

The Malibu name has been on Chevrolet intermediate/mid-size sedans intermittently since 1964, but the badge has been affixed to a front-wheel-drive, mid-size Chevy since 1999. An all-new Malibu went on sale last year, but slow sales and marginal reviews prompted Chevy to whip up an update for the 2014 model year.

Overview

The 2013 Malibu wasn't a horrid car, but dated styling, an uncomfortable rear seat, and ho-hum fuel-economy figures won it few friends -- especially in the cutthroat mid-size-sedan segment. Revisions made for 2014 are relatively minor but designed to address some of the Malibu's most frequent criticisms.

First, there's the exterior styling. Although the Malibu was a handsome enough vehicle, it didn't quite fit in with Chevrolet's most recent design language. Little has changed for 2014, but a new front clip incorporates a larger grille and redesigned lower air intakes. These mild changes make the 2014 Malibu look more like the new 2014 Impala and less like the aging Chevy Cruze. Interior styling is largely unchanged, but there are more soft-touch materials than before. More importantly, rear-seat passengers have 1.25 inches of additional legroom, along with a redesigned bench seat that's reportedly more comfortable. In addition to the previously available rearview camera, the 2014 Malibu is also now available with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection -- good thing, as both features are increasingly available in the car's competitors.

Chevrolet has also fiddled with two of the Malibu's three engine choices. The standard engine remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but it's now bundled with variable valve timing and an automatic stop/start system, which shuts down the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. Those amendments help fuel economy, as the 2014 Malibu earns a provisional fuel-economy rating of 23/35 mpg city/highway -- not far from the 25/36 mpg rating attached to the 2014 Malibu Eco, which pairs a 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a "mild" hybrid system. Chevrolet continues to offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as an option in the 2014 Malibu; it's still rated at 259 hp, but torque has risen to 295 lb-ft.

We've yet to have a turn behind the wheel, but Chevrolet promises that the 2014 Malibu's ride and handling have improved by way of new twin-tube dampers, and its revised electric power steering now offers more feel. Further, Chevy says it has tweaked the six-speed automatic to deliver smoother, quicker shifts.

These revisions won't reinvent the Malibu, but will they make it more competitive than it was before? That remains to be seen. In terms of power and fuel economy, the 2014 Malibu comes in around mid-pack, but if Chevrolet is able to deliver refinement with attractive pricing, the 2014 Malibu could very well be everything the 2013 Malibu was not.

You'll like:

  • Fresh, bold front-end styling
  • Bump in fuel economy
  • Improved rear-seat legroom

You won't like:

  • Malibu Eco acceleration is sluggish
  • Clunky-looking taillights
  • 2.5-liter still ranks mid-pack in fuel economy

Key Competitors

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Camry
2014 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS During Testing
The revised 2014 Chevrolet Malibu has received a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This top rating is not only thanks to the Malibu’s improved performance on the IIHS’ difficult small overlap front crash test, but also due to the car’s available forward collision warning system.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Father Son Diner
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is one of many midsize sedans vying for a slice of that intensely competitive segment's sales. For the new model year, Chevy's bread-and-butter sedan gets some enhancements to its fuel economy, styling and features to make it more competitive against the segment leaders Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But at the end of the day, midsize sedans are all about practicality and reliability. That's what Chevy is appealing to in the latest spot for the Malibu.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Front Three Quarters
The redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu failed to make a splash in the midsize sedan market, both with consumers and the automotive press. In order to better compete in this important, contentious segment, Chevrolet announced an emergency refresh for 2014 which includes a revised front end, a more spacious rear seat, a new center console, suspension tuning upgrades, and start-stop technology standard on all 2014 Malibus equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Now the automaker has revealed how much those upgrades will cost consumers.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Front Three Quarter 04
Detroit -- We now have all the details on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. Less than two years removed from a full redesign, the midsize sedan is receiving a significant refresh. Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, explains: "We're not going to stand around and be complacent, especially in the competitive midsize segment."

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Specifications

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Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
Horsepower:
197 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
186 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
Consequences
The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall began during December 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13380.
Potential Units Affected
42,696
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:CONTROLS/WIRING
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
Consequences
The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall began during December 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13380.
Potential Units Affected
42,696
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequences
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
Potential Units Affected
355
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option. The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. As such, these vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequences
If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall began on July 3, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors number for this recall is 14201.
Potential Units Affected
140,067
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 31, 2014 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured February 7, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and equipped with 17 inch front brake rotors. The affected vehicles may have had brake rotors intended for the rear of the car accidentally installed on the front. The rear rotors, while the same diameter, are thinner and may result in a front brake pad detaching from the caliper.
Consequences
If a brake pad detaches from caliper, there may be a sudden reduction in braking, lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake rotors, and install the correct rotors with new brake pads, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on June 20, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14128.
Potential Units Affected
8,208
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Consequences
The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The recall began April 21, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15176.
Potential Units Affected
87,063
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Depreciation
38.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$13,008
38.6%
Insurance
$6,730
20%
Fuel Cost
$8,217
24.4%
Financing
$2,463
7.3%
Maintenance
$2,447
7.3%
Repair Costs
$447
1.3%
State Fees
$389
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $33,701 What's This?
Value Rating: Average