2014 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

Tamara Warren
Automotive Editor - February 26, 2014

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.

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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.

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Like the LS level on any other Chevrolet, the base Malibu comes with few frills. With a starting MSRP of $22,340, you'll get a 2.5-liter engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, a driver information center with color display and two auxiliary power outlets. We always recommend stepping up to the LT level.

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Priced from $23,610, the 1LT features air conditioning with a new humidity sensor, SiriusXM satellite radio, Chevrolet MyLink with a color touchscreen, and upgraded cloth upholstery.

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For $25,315, the 2LT adds near-luxury features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and a remote starter. Optional are a Pioneer nine-speaker sound system, a 120-volt power outlet on the rear of the center console and a rear-vision camera system.

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With the $26,850 3LT, buyers get the turbocharged 2-liter engine. This isn't available, even as an option, at lower trim levels.

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The $27,790 LTZ comes with the base 2.5-liter engine, but is otherwise outfitted like a luxury car with leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, push-button start and LED taillights. The Comfort Package adds carpeted floor mats, navigation and a heated steering wheel. The Premium Audio Package, meanwhile, adds in 11 Bose speakers and Surround Sound.

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The ultimate Malibu, with an MSRP of $29,950, comes with the turbo engine and a standard sunroof.

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With a focus on efficiency, the $25,945 ECO uses a variety of aerodynamic and weight-cutting methods to achieve up to 37 mpg on the highway, or 560 miles between each fill-up.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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