2014 Chevrolet Malibu: First Look

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  • Competes with: Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
  • Looks like: More curves and chrome up front, same Camaro-like rear end
  • Drivetrain: standard 196-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic; optional turbo 2.0-liter and eAssist 2.4-liter
  • Hits dealerships: This fall

Chevrolet is pulling a Honda move with its midsize sedan; just one year after the Malibu's redesign it gets a refresh for 2014. The new Malibu gets a more athletic looking exterior and an updated standard engine.

Outside, the focus in front is on the grille; a wider, lower grille opening and more chrome highlight the changes. Out back, the sedan retains its much-maligned squared-off taillights. 

The base engine for 2014 continues to be a 196-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder; a six-speed automatic is again standard. New on this powertrain is automatic stop-start functionality, similar to the Eco model, but expect fuel economy gains to be modest. GM estimates that the 2.5-liter should return 23/35 mpg city/highway for 2014; the 2.5-liter on model-year 2013 vehicles is EPA rated at 22/34 mpg and the Eco's eAssist engine at 25/37 mpg.

GM spokesperson Chad Lyons confirmed to Cars.com that the Eco model with eAssist, which pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor, will again be available. For 2014, the Malibu's optional turbo 2.0-liter makes nearly 14% more torque than last year's version.

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Chevy says the sedan is roomier, but the overall dimensions are unchanged. Rather, rear knee room has improved by 1.25 inches thanks to a new seat design. Chevy says a new front seatback shape improves rear room, and new cushion material makes the seats more comfy. The center console design also has been tweaked to include a longer armrest and more storage. Other new-for-2014 features include the side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert safety systems.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu goes on sale this fall, and the sedan could use a sales boost. Despite increasing incentives, which hit as high as $2,000 in May on the 2013 Malibu, sales have faltered. Through the first four months of the year, GM sold just 70,913 Malibus. By contrast, the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry have all eclipsed 100,000 sales — and none have Malibu-like incentives.

GM wouldn't comment on pricing for the 2014 model. Check out more photos below.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect the correct number of available engines.

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Comments 

Jack

Redesigned then refreshed a year later, and even the 'Eco' mild hybrid model gets worse MPG than the standard, cheaper trims of the Altima, Accord, and Mazda6. Nice try Chevy, but I think this is too little too late for the current Malibu, it just doesn't have the all important efficiency that competitors are boasting.

Elliott

Definitely needs better fuel economy, but I love the new grille, and thank you Chevy for getting rid of that terrible fake wood trim for some more convincing fake wood trim

Steve

The front grill looks good, but the "old" 2013 grill looked fine to me as well. The bubbled up trunk needed to be squished down some. It looks like the "hunch-back of Chevrolet". These subtle changes will reap little rewards IMO. Same looking car as before. On a side note, my grandfather's bathroom from the 1960's had that exact same wood paneling look as around the shifter. Just sayin'....

Danny Ulster

I like this. Checking fueleconomy.gov the fuel economy is not too far off from its competition, albeit not what you would expect from an "eco" or "e-assist" or whatever they are calling it. The exterior is much more sporty and athletic looking. I do agree that the interior could use some refinement.

Shorebreak

I guess GM will utilize faux wood forever.

Ehud Avni

The Japanese tend to exaggerate fuel economy numbers. The best most of them do is the low 30's on the hwy. If you want fuel economy you either need to reduce weight a lot, or use a diesel engine.

Belly

Looking more and more like the Toyota Camry every day... looks good though.

John

I may be in the minority but I like the looks of the 2013 Malibu and the 2014 even better.

tom

I hope that anyone foolish enough to buy Chevrolet doesn't have to buy a $588.00 alternator (part only no labor yet) like I just had to. I am now trying to unload it without feeling guilty but I hate thinking about doing that to someone else.

Tony

Lets hope the steering wheel stays on...

Tony

Ok. I can see it on the picture that controls on the console are cheap-cheap. Where did I see them?... On Equinox! Yea, cheap stuff. And also, the dash has square parts while everything else deliberately round.
That is not going to end up good for Chevy. Other round-themed cars were, Ford Taurus and Dodge Intrepid. We know how they ended up.

Tony

"The Japanese tend to exaggerate fuel economy numbers. The best most of them do is the low 30's on the hwy."
This is clearly exaggeration. All tests show that (at least in the compact and mid sedan classes) Japanese cars are brilliant at hitting better than EPA mileage

meet_the_dean

A big improvement, for sure. But they ignored the rear end.

Robert Johnston

Vehicle has a lot of curb appear! MPG wish for the ECO version sucks at 23 mpg average. They need to increase this by 12 mpg and put a turbo on their 2.4 / 2.5 Engines to increase the mpg and performance.

They would not be able to keep them on the lot if they could sell it below $40,000.

sue

just bought a 2014 Malibu and it sucks. It has this feature called auto stop/start. When you are stopped with foot on brake,then release foot to gas pedal, the car jerks until you start moving. Car is two days old and already brought it into the dealer. They claim nothing is wrong with car, but all the way to work it keep jerking everytime I took my foot off brake.

alfred

I rented this car for a week and hate it. There are terrible rear and side blind spots. I'm only 5'11" and I had trouble getting in the driver's side door. It feels cheap. There is a noticable transmission slippage with 5200 miles on it.

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