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The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Cars.com Staff
July 23, 2013
Chevrolet's Malibu midsize sedan was redesigned last year and received new engine choices, a fresh appearance and a selection of new safety and entertainment features — and sales fell. That prompted Chevrolet to make significant changes for 2014. The Malibu has seating for five and competes with the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. A mild hybrid version dubbed Malibu Eco is also offered.
(Skip to details on the: Malibu Eco) New for 2014 The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine adds fuel-saving stop-start technology that shuts the engine off when the car is stationary, like at a stoplight, and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. The available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder now makes 295 pounds-feet of torque, up from 260 pounds-feet of torque last year.
Other changes include new front styling that incorporates a larger grille, redesigned front and rear seats that yield an additional 1.25 inches of rear legroom, and suspension revisions for a more refined driving experience. A blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are newly available safety features. Exterior Highlights
Bolder front styling for 2014
Standard 16-inch alloy wheels; available 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels
Available heated side mirrors
Available power sunroof
Steering-wheel controls for cruise control and stereo
Available heated leather seats
Available dual-zone automatic climate control
Available USB connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio
Available MyLink entertainment and information system
16.3 cubic feet of cargo room
Under the Hood
196-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with stop-start technology
Available 259-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Engines can run on regular gas, but the turbo four-cylinder prefers premium
Six-speed automatic transmission
10 standard airbags
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system with traction control
OnStar system (subscription required)
Available lane departure warning system
Available forward-collision alert
Available blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert
Available backup camera
Malibu Eco The Malibu Eco uses a gas/electric powertrain GM calls "eAssist." This mild hybrid system combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.
EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway
Six-speed automatic transmission
Doesn't run solely on battery power
Regenerative braking and engine stop-start functionality to save fuel
17-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires
Active grille shutters
7-inch touch-screen stereo with MyLink entertainment and information system