2014 Chevrolet Malibu car review @ Top Speed

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year: 2014 Chevrolet Model: Malibu $22000 Engine: inline-4 Six-speed Automatic Horsepower @ 196 MPG(Cty): 23 MPG(Hwy): 35 Torque @ 186 Energy: iVLC Displacement: 2.5 L time: 8.3 sec. (Est.) Top 130 mph

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The revised Malibu is now better positioned to in the hyper-competitive mid-size sedan with a restyled nose, engine choices and a bump in for the Malibu Turbo.

The advertising for the launch of the 2008 Malibu was the in General Motors’ history, and today, the memories remain of cherry red Malibu plastered on billboard, print and broadcast outlet. A critical mistake launching the 2013 model was a car painted the same red color. The and ultra-subtle styling evolution consumers simply didn’t the change and flocked to more competitors like the new Ford

Hyundai Sonata and a broad of crossover SUV models.

The Chevy also faced stiff on dealer lots from the model that was now packing discounts in order to clear For buyers contemplating a new Malibu, the back seat of the previous and a pile of cash on the hood enough to convince them to go for the nearly identically styled

Fighting to re-gain attention, the Malibu packs real and exterior updates into the ‘Bu nameplate. The nose marks out the change and shows a new take on the grille appearance of Chevy Perhaps most critically, press images show a car in grey metallic paint significantly enhances the perceived of the car.

Anything but cherry red,

So how does the revised 2014 lineup compare with the top in the segment for value, comfort, and style? Offered in standard, Eco and trims, the Malibu is finally out of the doldrums and firmly a contender for the top midsize sedan.

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The new ‘Bu has a reshaped nose that the old look, changes the grille and adds more chrome to mark it apart from of the blander Japanese entries, the Toyota Camry and Honda The look also expresses new nose style as seen on the Impala and SS models, among The language consists of a heavy-handed of shapes and flowing creases in the plastic, as well as projector-beam in the absolute top corners of the nose for a stance on the road.

Instead of emphasizing the grilles above and the bowtie badge, the new model chrome trim to just the grille, which is now rounder and than on previous Chevrolets. The crests more sharply and further forward to give a clean appearance that the cars lacked. The effect is overall, but may still be too similar to the 2008 Malibu s appearance for tastes.

The sides of the car are unchanged and feature a nice rising line from the front that flows through the door handles. The exterior now have turn signal in their outer edges, that helps mark out cars and a feature that has real-life active safety of making the car more visible to when turning or changing

From the profile, the rear end recalls the 2005 BMW 5-series the carved-out trunk line and the of the rear lights from the From the rear view, this is clearly no BMW. A of squircle LED brake lights try too to recall Chevrolet’s performance but do offer a nice light at night under braking.

The s rear end is much nicer the bland tail of the latest As ever, GM style comes in two boring or hideous.

The front is the must-have LED day-time running that new car shoppers like, but Eco and Turbo variants may address missing feature.

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The interior of the keeps the style and design of the model, while updating of its tech packages, offering new combos and introducing better Overall, the interior — in the — seems very something us Americans certainly like. The packed console is a example of the pinched dimensions – the cup are small and there’s no room for two so one lives way back behind the shifter.

Showing some touch reality, the console does two cubbies that are perfect for and deep enough to keep from flying around the

The center stack looks in its rounded, silver plastic but the controls within seem with large buttons are flush to the smooth surface and with five knobs to easy adjustments to the basics. and center, and framed in a piano shroud that looks is Chevy s latest MyLink to control infotainment.

The big question is the double rainbow dashboard has faux vents across its width, ribbed to match the air vents at the edges. It’s one of design touches that seemed like a cool to a design student on his computer, but in life it just looks there’s a giant gap between the top and halves of the dashboard.

The new Malibu has than 1 inch of extra legroom versus last but is still down more 4 inches versus the larger model.

Ambient interior creates a quasi-premium indigo effect on the inside of the car at night. surfaces and new faux-wood designs are in the cards for 2014, but only GM drivers will feel this is a truly classy or cockpit.

Drivetrain, Suspension and

The 2013 Malibu might be a big fail based on the depth of the to how the 2014 model drives. In the rendering above, Chevy its new engine, newly refined response, new suspension settings, new settings, transmission settings and steering feel. For those track, that is the car’s driver package re-developed just one year.

In reality, the 2013 Malibu was a effort designed during a of deep turmoil for the auto If anything, the 2014 changes there’s a new handling and driving goal within Chevy s models. Ford of Europe is lauded for its highly refined tuning, but that finesse t happen overnight.

There to be an overarching philosophy for how the cars and laborious software tweaking; Chevy is doing much with its latest releases.

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The big for the volume model is an all-new four-cylinder that packs stop/start in traffic, still-impressive slightly lower) horsepower and figures as well as fuel that gets close to year’s dedicated Eco model.

The new engine is pretty sophisticated direct injection, dual camshafts and a new-to-GM iVLC variable valvetrain technology. All are paired with a six-speed with gearstick buttons for override. Performance is expected to the previous model’s 8.3-second mph time before topping out at a 130 mph max speed.

The enthusiast’s choice is the turbocharged four, which 14 percent more torque in the rev range. The Turbo makes 259 and 295 pound-feet of torque, despite a for slightly more efficient at highway speeds.


The new is well-equipped in both active and safety features. On the active, or

“prevent the crash,” front, the ‘Bu all the latest electronics to keep the car control in even the worst In addition to the required ABS, and EBD, the Malibu also

Brake Assist: helps the right brake pressure to the vehicle even if a driver hit the brakes hard enough Brake Control: a form of stability control that brake force differently to the and rear, as well as left to wheels under braking in a Hydraulic Brake Fade Helps limit the effect of fade by applying extra to squeeze the brakes and stop the Drag Torque Control: t let the wheels lose grip when engine braking on a surface Optional — Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert: systems to alert drivers to cars they didn’t or see from the driver’s seat – backup camera

From German-style safety features, it Chevy is finally getting competitive. On the passive safety (protection in an accident), the ‘Bu is highly with 10 airbags and a five-star score from the NHTSA and Top Pick status from


The revised 2014 arrives late summer at Chevrolet dealer lots Here’s hoping these can clear the inventory of existing before then, or a repeat of year’s botched launch is in the cards. No 2013 Malibu’s been made since 2012.

Pricing is expected to stay with the previous model’s low base price, increasing to with every option on the 2LT This starting price marks the Malibu apart smaller rivals that the same money, namely the Focus .

Recalls and Reliability

The is too new to have any recalls, but the 2013 Eco with the eAssist mild setup was recalled for faulty Control Modules” that a loss of charge and had the rare of starting a fire near the in the trunk.

Overall reliability and for the Malibu are worse-than-average, with value a particular low point for sedans.


The new Fusion a striking design, a longer and profile, and many premium features that the Chevy All the good Fusion bits its shapely curves and cool are pricey options, but it does a full Hybrid model and is also a candidate for the ST treatment in

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