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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Overview
Redesigned for 2013, the midsize Malibu gets yet another long list of improvements for 2014, proving Chevrolet is a maker that really wants to win your unending adoration. Taking its suspension and front-end cues from Chevy's sales-leading Impala, this Malibu also gains 1.25 inches of rear legroom, a new center console that adds some storage cubbies, 35 additional lb-ft of torque over 2013 in the optional turbo engine and improved economy in its new baseline 2.5-liter powerplant.
That leaves just the peculiar lack of a spare tire in all but the top-shelf LTZ, its missing interior trunk release and Chevy's usual quality-control issues on the docket after what could be easily called a second total redesign in as many years.
Already called a fun-to-drive looker with a surprisingly upscale interior after last year's redesign, this year's improvements bring the Malibu at least closer to par for mainstream appeal, if they don't make it truly appealing. The most common complaints in 2013 were directed at its cramped back seat, lack of ride refinement and manufacturing inconsistencies that resulted in a myriad of strange glitches in everything from body rattles to improperly mounted windows that cut off their wiring. Some drivers thought the front end looked a bit overblown and desired more driver-accessible storage, but more than a few were quite surprised to find out too late that their model didn't offer more than an inflation kit by default.
There's still no standard spare tire in the LS, LT and Eco trims, but the rest of these issues have reportedly been handled. Speaking of handling, if you like the way the current Impala drives, this Malibu uses its very same strut-based suspension and steering ratios for a snappier ride.
Acceleration is still so-so for all but LT3 and LTZ2 buyers opting up to the 2-liter turbo, good for a 6.3-second trip to 60 mph with its 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The rest of this entirely 4-cylinder lineup offers no better than 8 seconds to the same, which is average for this segment, but those naturally aspirated engines are also at least 4 mpg better than the turbo's disappointing 21 mpg city/30 highway.
The baseline engine's improvements leave the Eco in somewhat of a lurch, however. Both the eAssist-powered Eco and new 2.5-liter baseline engine offer stop-start technology for 25/36 with the same 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drivetrain in every Malibu, but the Eco costs significantly more while offering less power and carrying the added heft of a battery that takes up 2 cubic feet of the trunk. Granted that still leaves 14.3 cubes for cargo, but the 2.5's 197 horses and 191 lb-ft of torque weren't terribly impressive in the first place. Despite its electric motor assistance, the Eco's smaller 2.4-liter engine is still good for only 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of twist in total, and it can't operate on electric power alone.
Essentially adding only alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic climate control to the LT1's feature set for 2013, rumor has it Chevy will upgrade the Eco's offering to sweeten the deal this year, but that's not confirmed. Blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are definitely newly optional across the board for 2014, but the only other official word on feature content so far is that feature content will change with the removal of one Eco trim level this year.
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