2014 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP $22,340

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.5

Overall Rating

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Malibu is one of the three sedan lineups that Chevrolet produces. The 2014 Malibu is the mid-size offering that sits between the larger Impala and the compact Sonic/Aveo. It actually started off as a trim-level of the iconic Chevrolet Chevelle in the early 70s but soon became its own model. Moreover, it looks absolutely stunning with its arresting exterior design.

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Pros

Robust turbocharged engine

Excellent Safety Scores

High-quality interior design

Comfortable Ride Quality

Cons

Minimal rear-seat legroom

Sluggish transmission

Absurdly shaped trunk space in the 2.4 L Eco model.

What's New?

Revised suspension setup

Blinding spot monitoring has been added to the safety features list


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22340

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

107.8 in.

length

191.5 in.

width

73 in.

height

57.6 in.

curb weight

3393 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$22,340 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Chevrolet Malibu in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Chevrolet Malibu disappeared for a few years in between until GM decided to bring it back in 1997 as a Front-wheel drive midsize sedan. The name Malibu is derived from the exuberant coastal community of Malibu, California. Some of the main competitors of the new Chevrolet Malibu are the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. These cars are equally capable. Let's see how the Chevrolet Malibu stacks up against its competition.


9.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Chevrolet Malibu Features

9.5/10

The 2014 Chevy Malibu can be acquired in four primary trim levels starting with the base LS followed by LT, Eco, and LTZ. The LS has no subset trim levels, however, the LT has three, namely, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The LTZ also has two subsets namely, 1LZ and 2LZ. The standalone Eco trim is going to be discontinued by the end of this model year. 

However, all LS, LT, and LTZ trim equipped with the 2.5 L engine will continue to carry the Eco Badge. Chevy really needs to work on their convoluted trim-level naming schemes. One thing Chevy has done right is by offering many of the top trim features as optional packages on lower trims so that thrifty buyers can have a particular feature that they fancy without having to upgrade excessively.

Trim

LS w/ 1LS

LT w/ 1LT

LT w/ 2LT

ECO

LT w/ 3LT

LTZ w/ 1LZ

LTZ w/ 2LZ

MSRP (FWD)

$22,340

$23,610

$25,315

$25,945

$26,850

$27,790

$29,950

Key Features

2.5 L Naturally Aspirated Inline Four Engine

In addition to or replaces LS w /1LS trim features with:

In addition to or replaces LT w/ 1LT trim features with:

In addition to or LT w/ 2LT trim features with:

In addition to or ECO trim features with

In addition to or LT w/ 3LT trim features with

In addition to or LTZ w/ 1LZ trim features with

 

Automatic headlights

heated mirrors

dual-zone automatic climate control

2.4L engine and eAssist hybrid system

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline Four Engine

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine

 

Keyless entry

Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera

Eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar)

Remote start

Remote Keyless Entry includes panic alarm button

Leather Upholstery

Power Sunroof

 

cruise control

upgraded upholstery

18-inch alloy wheels 

17-inch alloy wheels 

driver 8-way power seats (optional)

Heated front seats

Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones

 

Air-conditioning (with humidity sensor)

Upgraded audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface

Fog lamps

Leather-wrapped shift knob

Compass display

Eight-way power passenger seat (with power lumbar)

Fog lamps

 

Power driver-seat height adjuster and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat

7-inch touchscreen display

six speakers for the audio system

Ice Blue ambient lighting,

Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke

6-speaker system

front intermittent with structureless wiper blades

 

OnStar, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.

Chevy's MyLink electronics interface

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

. front bucket seats

Steering column, tilt, and telescopic

7" diagonal, touch-screen

heated power-adjustable with integrated turn signals

We Recommend

For most buyers, we recommend the LT w/ 2LT trim which boasts excellent interior conveniences at an affordable price tag. However, even the LT w/ 1LT trim is quite packed with features and is a great choice for thrifty buyers. We also recommend getting the Advanced Safety Package that includes active safety features like Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert systems. Other optional extras you can add to your Malibu include xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, a premium nine-speaker Pioneer audio system, a 120-volt power outlet, a navigation system, and a rearview camera.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Engine and Performance

9.0/10

For the 2014 model year, the Malibu has offered a powertrain in the form of a 2.5 L Naturally aspirated engine which is similar to one before but now it is much more efficient. It puts out a comfortable 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. It is actually more efficient than the electrically assisted Eco engine. This could be the reason why Chevy has decided to phase out the Eco trim from the lineup. For the enthusiasts and people with money to spare, Chevy is also offering the turbocharged 2.0 L inline-four engine which is good for 259 hp. It provides brisk acceleration and is much more exciting to drive. 

All Malibu's are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and timely shifts. Just like others in this segment, Front Wheel Drive is standard, and it is the only configuration available with the Malibu. Talking about the handling, the car is composed around corners and the ride is quite smooth. All thanks to its revised suspension setup. It might not be the most athletic and engaging but it is more than enough for the average consumer.

Models

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$22,340

$22,425

$21,970

$21,450

Engine 

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic w/ OD

6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift

6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC

Power 

196 hp @ 6,300 RPM

178 hp @ 6,000 RPM

175 hp @ 6,000 RPM

190 hp @ 6,300 RPM

Torque

191 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

170 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.4

8.4

9.3

8.1

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8

15.9

16.8

16.2

Top Speed (MPH)

140

N/A

108

131

On paper, the Malibu boasts the most powerful engine setup amongst rivals like the Toyota Camry, Sonata, and Ford Fusion. The new 2.5 L engine will certainly leave your neighbors mid-size sedan in the dust. Highway maneuvers and brisk overtakes should be no problem with the new Chevy Malibu. It manages to hit 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds and maxes out at 140 mph.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

8.0/10

 The 2.5 L engine on the Malibu was a much-needed upgrade that has resulted in increased fuel economy which is now comparable to others in the segment. The engine boasts direct injection and a start/stop technology which has resulted in fuel economy figures of 25 MPG in the city and 36 out on the highway. Combined EPA estimates put the Malibu around a whopping 29 MPG. Chevy could have nailed the range test if it weren't for the small 15.8-gallon fuel tank. The vehicle has the fuel economy needed but the fuel tank is what limits the overall maximum range.

Models

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

25

25

22

24

MPG (Highway)

36

35

34

35

MPG (Combined)

29

28

26

28

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

15.8

17

16.5

18.5

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

395/568.8

425/595

363/561

444/647.5

At 29 MPG on combined city and highway driving, the Malibu certainly defeats the competition with ease. However, the small fuel tank leaves it with a lower overall range compared to other midsize sedans at this price point. It is the Hyundai Sonata that wins the range competition, covering a distance of 444 miles in the city and 647.5 miles on the highway with its large fuel tank measuring 18.5 gallons.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

6.0/10

When this generation of Malibu went on sale just a year back, complaints arose for its rear-seat legroom. Chevy quickly sent back the Malibu to the drawing board and this year they claim that the rear-seat room has been increased. The front seats are the place to be inside the cabin. They provide ample headroom and legroom. The same can't be said for the rear seats despite the brand claiming they have increased the rear-seat legroom.

The seats in the Malibu have deep contouring and provide ample support, making long drives effortless. Those coming from the previous generation of Malibu will find that the seating position has been lowered. There are tons of adjustability and the steering wheel has telescoping adjustability. You also get dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar support, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as you go up the trim ladder. In the quest to increase the rear seat legroom the trunk has also been cleverly shrunk and now boasts a capacity of 16.3 cubic feet.

Models

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Hyundai Sonata

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/57.5/42.1

38.8/58/41.6

39.2/57.8/44.3

40/57.9/45.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/57.1/36.8

38.1/56.6/38.9

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.7/34.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.3

15.4

16

16.4

Overall, the interior cabin does boast nice materials and soft-touch plastics. From a design and quality standpoint, it verges on entry-level luxury car territory. The center stack control might feel overly clustered at first but most people will get used to it. The interior also does a decent job at keeping the road noises out. On the spec sheet, the Malibu with its redesigned rear space still is no match for the spacious Camry and Ford Fusion. Both of these cars offer nearly 2 inches more legroom than the Malibu. In the front row seats, the Sonata dominates the mid-size sedan landscape. Standout interior features include-

  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Tilting & Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power driver and passenger seat with power lumbar support
  • Sunroof
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat

How intuitive is the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu’s infotainment unit?

The base Malibu is pretty much devoid of advanced infotainment systems. Instead, it comes with the absolute basics like an AM/FM/CD player with steering-wheel controls. It does not even get a USB port. To get something useful you have to move up to the LT trim level which will add a 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen and Chevy's new MyLink connectivity system.  

MyLink connects to the driver's smartphone, allowing them access to mobile apps like Pandora streaming audio or Stitcher podcast streaming. This year, the system also adds Siri Eyes Free mode, for Apple iPhone users, and text-to-voice translation. Standout infotainment features:

  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen
  • AM / FM seek-scan radio
  • Onstar
  • Bluetooth Phone connectivity
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • CD player

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

9.0/10

The Malibu received a generational update just last year in 2013. So it still is quite fresh compared to other aging mid-size sedans in the market. Chevy has played it safe with the Malibu styling. It has been slightly restyled for the 2014 model year which makes it even more aggressive and the front grille is sharper than the previous year's model.

 The low grille adopts a hexagonal shape that has become a hallmark in this segment. The slim chrome bands do lighten up the oddly shaped triple-tier grille. The side profile lacks drama and comes off as dull and muted. The same applies to the rear of the Malibu. Moreover, it measures a length of 191.5 inches, a width of 73 inches, and 57.6 inches tall which makes it one of the largest cars on the lot.

Models

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,393

3,190

3,431

3,245

Length (in.)

191.5

189.2

191.7

189.8

Width (in.)

73

71.7

72.9

72.2

Height (in.)

57.6

57.9

58.1

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

6.1

N/A

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

107.8

109.3

112.2

110

We reckon the Malibu looks a bit more conventional and boring compared to what Ford has done with the Fusion or what Hyundai has done with the Sonata. Chevrolet should have added a bit more flair to their mid-size offering to make it stick with the audience. The Malibu is certainly not offensive to eyes, but it also isn't the most pleasing to look at. Standout exterior features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog Lamps
  • Sunroof
  • Automatic headlights
  • Xenon headlights

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

6.0/10

The Chevrolet Malibu is one of the top-performing sedans when it comes to safety. Every Malibu comes with a whopping 10 airbags laid throughout the interior cabin. It also comes with Active Headrests that enhance passenger safety in the front. The base model is pretty much devoid of advanced safety features. Rear Parking Sensors and Rear View Camera come standard with the LT models and up. It also performed incredibly well at the crash tests conducted by both NHTSA and IIHS. Moreover, it also secured a spot on the Top Safety Pick Plus list of IIHS for the 2014 model year. Available advanced safety features:

  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Brake Assist

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

The slightly revised Chevrolet Malibu does check many boxes which makes it a pretty good choice for buyers looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient, and hassle-free experience in the mid-size sedan segment. There are a few drawbacks like the cramped rear seat bench and dull exterior styling, but if you are willing to accept these, the 2014 Malibu could be an excellent mid-size alternative.

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