Significantly refreshed after two years.
GM's most important car pulls a Honda Civic.
If the newly turbocharged 2013 Chevrolet Malibu proves anything, it's that people at Chevy have figured out how to subvert the Office of Management and Budget.
i have the ltz 2014.. and is a great car for my family and i..
I travel weekly for work and drive mid-size rental cars like the Malibu all the time - my comments:
Ford Fusion, even the older version, it drives like a smaller car with crisp handling, good brakes and comfortable interior. First choice when I step up to the rental car counter!
Toyota Camry and Avalon are just tarted up interiors and exteriors of an older version. They drive ok, but completely lack passion - in other words, boring.
Honda Accord is very similar to the Fusion - nice interior, smooth engine and transmission, good brakes, car I would own.
Mazda 6 - good at most driving events, nice interior, but missing something that I would want in a car to own ... and I cannot quite put a finger on it (which maybe others feel the same as they don't sell too well).
Kia/Hyundai - good design, good driving cars - but sometimes I feel like if you could peel back a layer of the exterior and there would be an old Mitsubishi Lancer.
Malibu - ok design, ok engine, ok brakes, lousy interior. The two that I have driven recently had interesting smells emulating from somewhere in the carpet/dash area (a chemical odor that made me drive with the windows open most of the time). Sharp plastic and pinch points on the door and center console area - hokie looking gauges and radio design, that lime-green lighting with rubbery plastic knobs remind me of an old Pontiac 6000 (even though Pontiac used orange, the feeling was similar). Ok to drive for a day in Seattle, NEVER on a long trip.
Now if they would ditch the rear end and get rid of round gages in the square holes, it would at least look the part.
Do the GM engineers ever drive, really live with, competitive vehicles. I rent cars almost every week, and most are in this segment. The old (2013) Malibu was nice enough in a vacuum, but the Fusion, aside from being pretty, is massively better at driving dynamics - at least the sort useful over freeways and city driving. I cannot see how a mile or two per gallon will overcome the driving experience deficit. Sounds like the suspension has not been touched. Subjectively, the Malibu just feels more fragile than the Fusion and it reeks FLEET CAR! whereas the Fusion, any model, comes across as a desirable vehicle to own.
Love GM's confidence in start stop, but I had a rental car once fail in the ECM at 11:30pm in an industrial park. Neither the rental company 800 number nor the manufacturer (not mentioned because they did recall the model for this problem) 800 number knew how to help. This left me with a 4 mile walk along a freeway access road at midnight to get back to my hotel with no ride for the morning meetings.
Note to GM (and others): I WILL NOT BUY ANY CAR THAT DOES NOT HAVE A WAY TO DEFEAT ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, and at least offer a limp home mode. In the case of the 2014 Malibu, what happens when the battery dies, and you jump start the car to get it to a garage?
Ho Hum more GM Chevy garbage. nice un finished edges, poor feeling crap. GM, why are they still trying to be a car company? Leave the business to REAL car companys from GERMANY.
I bet the new Malibu takes the old Impalas place in rental fleet sales.
Now, about that new Impala...
If anything the staggered roll out when it was first introduced with an unconventional drive train only available is what hobbled the Malibu from selling well.Unless a family has mutant kids over 6 feet, the gripe over the back seat room seems to be overblown. At 5'11", I sat back there and it's totally doable; not the most spacious but definitely not cramped.
IMO The dash and interior have some character over the generic dowdiness of the Altima and Camry and clunky staggered layout of the Accord's dashboard.
Save for the Hyundai Sonata and Mazda 6, this is one of the best looking rides in the mid size segment for sure.
wont hurt needs more trunk room about 3.5 inches would do and led tail lights
looks nice but it kinda looks like a Hyundai..
Not a revision that is obvious or a game changer. The previous generation was much prettier. If GM wants to make inroads, improve quality and value.
Great, 21 photos of the front fascia but not one from the hind side.
I like the sharper look to the freshened front end, but wish they would have changed the dash design which reminds me of some of the dashboards of the early 90s buicks, oldsmobiles and chevys. Do we really need to emulate the early 90s skylarks, luminas or cutlass supremes?
i like it, but i would like it more if the bottom grille was a bit smaller in length
I know where theyre made, doesnt make them American brands
The Nissan Altima and Honda Accord have been made in the USA for decades. Just saying.
There is a premium look the Accord has that this model is lacking imho.
I honestly hope not. It seems that anything the "bow-tie" touches automatically becomes...trashier.
Looks like GM has been looking at the Toyota Avalon for inspiration.
I agree with most of the other comments. Also the Malibu was undercut by its own design. When you got a "NEW" Malibu after the last one was selling well and replace it with a copy of the Corporate cousin's older model Buick Century, then you should not be in the car making business. Having said that, there are design flaws from the outside to the inside, it was as if the engineers were not on the same page. The grill look should have had a more wide open stance. The tail likes with the plastic showing it being joined together looked tacky and cheap. The interiors center stack looked like a add on last minute with the silver plastic trim. Those lines where the ambiance lighting should have had wood grain or something that looked expensive. The back seating area is so tight for such a big car, that they flunked the space design. A newer model cant come soon enough.
By the way, I refuse to name the other cars because this is not about them but about the Malibu and its short comings.
Yeah I like it better. In two years I'll probably be upgrading from my Cruze. So far I like this malibu, the new impala and the Buick regal.
have they corrected the fit and finish issues? Last test report I read on a Malibu said the deck lid was chaffing the bumper fascia and the author said GM is in danger if they think they can slip back into their rental car habits. Given they were bailed out and got it together for a little while, one has to wonder if they just specialize in ineptitude.
P.S. Whoever is putting the bodyside moldings on at the factory needs to obtain a leveling device - and quickly!
The Impala's aren't much better. Very generic and plastic in appearance (which they are!).... but there should have been an attempt to give some sort of jewel-like finish.
Unbelievably my good friend Taff married a sheep that he met through petsaremorethanfriends.com, but I fail to see what that has to do with either Chevy or Malibu either!
It looks and drives better than the Camry and accord
It looks great to be honest. Way better than its German counterparts.
Handsome car.....but I'd rather have a Mazda 6
Still not a fan of the rear end, but the revised front fascia does help quite a bit, especially when viewing the car in person. The revised 2.5 liter and transmission did make a deference as I took it for a test drive this weekend. Two dealers in my area had only the 1LS and 1LT trim available, but even in that lower trim, the Malibu drives much better than the Camry, and feels as well put together as the new Accord. It's not the sexiest car in the class, but it delivers.
Handsome. Doesnt scream "look at me i gots money". I like the Camaro-esque rear tail lights. Def for a more restrained taste and its American, NOT Japanese or Korean for once...
If I was looking for a mid size car I would take this over an accord or Camry an day.
Another subpar Chevrolet, unfortunately. Let the new Impala designers scrap this car and start fresh!
The problem with previous Malibu's back seats were the distance from the B pillar to the front edge of the back seat.
Either way this name needs to be dropped. This is destined to be a rental queen which equals garbage resale value.
Get rid of those cheapy looking taillights and MAYBE.........
This is certainly as pretty as a Camry or Accord, but the stunning Ford Fusion and Mazda6 are lightyears ahead.
That dash makes me want to vomit.
Does look a "tad" better.
Needs back seat room.
Nope. Need emergency styling and adrenaline to save this boring-mobile.
@Carl Engeb Come now Carl. You must know that German cars enjoy visiting their dealerships much more often than American cars and when they do, you're usually light in the wallet by 3 or 4 digits.
@Wardono Basuki HAHAHAHAHA, it's Chevy, means it isn't up to par to any GERMAN standards. cheap, ill fitted junk
@Lane Morrow @Carl Engeb My current GTI at 87K miles if flawless, and FUN comfortable, high quality interior fit and finish all around FUN FUN FUN, drive one, then you never go back to a Chevy! My previous Jetta GLX VR6 only went 316,000 miles of pure leather fun! stick and brakes every 100,000 miles !! Curretn GTI 87K original brakes still, decades ago my company GM junkers had brakes every 20K miles !!1 Holy crap what garbage! All the same highway drives! GM, still junk after all those BILLIONS! go away GM, leave the car mfg to car people namely GERMANS! Seats that support with no backaches like GM garbage GTI supportive firm seats Leather heated hold you in place with electric lumbar for perfection. If it ain't GERMAN it ain't a car. simple