The redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu failed to make a splash in the midsize sedan market, both with consumers and the automotive press. In order to better compete in this important, contentious segment, Chevrolet announced an emergency refresh for 2014 which includes a revised front end, a more spacious rear seat, a new center console, suspension tuning upgrades, and start-stop technology standard on all 2014 Malibus equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Now the automaker has revealed how much those upgrades will cost consumers.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2.5L starts at $22,965 for the LS model, $160 higher than the 2013 Malibu. Other 2.5L trim levels include the $24,335 1LT, the $26,040 2LT, and the $28,515 LTZ. Strangely, the Malibu Eco with GM’s eAssist mild hybrid technology sticks around for 2014 despite the fact that its highway rating has been lowered by 1 mpg by the EPA for 2014, meaning that it no longer provides any fuel economy benefit over 2.5L Malibu models. The 2014 Malibu Eco comes only in one trim level, the $26,670 2SA which Chevrolet says is comparable, in terms of equipment, to the 2LT model. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu also continues to offer a 259 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in LT and LTZ trims, which start at $27,575 and $30,675, respectively. The 2.0-liter turbo receives 35 lb-ft more torque for a total of 295 lb-ft and is rated at 21/30/24 mpg city/highway/combined. All Malibus are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Although the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is the only midsize sedan to offer stop-start technology as standard in a non-hybrid model (the Ford Fusion offers it as a paid option), its uprated fuel economy—three mpg higher in the city and two mpg higher on the highway compared with the 2013 Malibu—still doesn’t match up to the class leading midsize sedans. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2.5L is now rated at 25/36/29 mpg city/highway/combined, numbers that fall short of the 2014 Nissan Altima’s 27/38/31 mpg, the 2014 Honda Accord’s 26/34/26 mpg, and the 2014 Mazda 6’s 26/38/30 mpg ratings.
We’ll see if Chevrolet’s revisions to the 2014 Malibu can help this sedan reverse its lagging sales and keep pace with the strong midsize sedan segment. See the chart below to see how all the competitors stack up.
All prices include destination.
|Base Price||Engines||Transmissions||EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined)|
|2014 Chevrolet Malibu||$22,965||2.5L I-4, 197 hp, 191 lb-ft; 2.4L I-4 hybrid, 182 hp, 171 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo I-4, 259 hp, 295 lb-ft||6-speed automatic||25/36/29 mpg (I-4); 25/36/29 (Eco); 21/30/24 (2.0L Turbo)|
|2014 Nissan Altima||$22,650||2.5L I-4, 182 hp, 180 lb-ft; 3.5L V-6, 270 hp, 258 lb-ft||Continuously variable||27/38/31 mpg (I-4); 22/31/25 mpg (V-6|
|2014 Ford Fusion||$22,695||2.5L I-4, 175 hp, 175 lb-ft; 1.6L turbo I-4, 182 hp, 184 lb-ft; 1.5L turbo I-4, 177 hp, 177 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo I-4, 240 hp, 270 lb-ft||6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic||25/37/29 (1.6L manual); 23/36/28 (1.5L auto); 22/34 (2.5L auto); 22/33/26 (2.0L auto)|
|2014 Honda Accord||$22,745||2.4L I-4, 185-189 hp, 181-182 lb-ft; 3.5L V-6, 278 hp, 252 lb-ft||6-speed manual, CVT, 6-speed automatic||27/36/30 mpg (I-4 CVT); 24/34/28 mpg (I-4 manual); 21/34/25 mpg (V-6 auto)|
|2013 Kia Optima||$22,125||2.4L I-4, 200 hp, 186 lb-ft; 2.0L turbo I-4, 274 hp, 269 lb-ft||6-speed automatic||24/35/28 mpg (I-4); 22/34/26 mpg (turbo I-4)|
|2014 Mazda6||$21,785||2.5L I-4, 184 hp, 185 lb-ft||6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic||28/40/32 mpg (I-4 auto w/ i-ELOOP); 26/38/30 mpg (I-4 auto); 25/37/29 mpg (I-4 manual)|
|2013 Toyota Camry||$23,045||2.5L I-4, 178 hp, 170 lb-ft; 3.5L V-6, 268 hp, 248 lb-ft||6-speed automatic||25/35/28 mpg (I-4); 21/31/25 mpg (V-6)|