The family sedan is coveted territory among automakers and consumers. Chevrolet has spruced up the Malibu for 2014 to make it more competitive across the board. A wide range of options allow you to tailor the Malibu to your liking and pricing.
The most popular engine is the standard 196-horsepower 2.5-liter engine that earns an EPA estimate of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The zippier 2-liter turbo engine adds performance, although at a cost, with EPA estimates of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
What's New for 2014
Stop-start technology is now standard on the 2.5-liter base model. The Malibu has gained a redesigned front end and about 1.25 inches of rear legroom. A text-to-voice feature has also been added as an option.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Malibu
In addition to an ECO model, Chevrolet offers the 2014 Malibu in three trim levels—LS, LT and LTZ—that have a variety of tiers. It sounds confusing, but don't worry—we'll walk you through it.
Except for the ECO model, every trim levels builds on the one before.
The 2014 model features an appealing combination of technology, fuel economy and a quiet cabin. We think the LT models represent an ideal mix of performance and value, but splurging on an LTZ still doesn't break the $30,000 barrier.