2014 Chevrolet Malibu Gets Standard Stop-Start Technology, Modest Price Hike
- The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, which features fuel-saving stop-start technology as standard equipment, starts at $22,965.
- The pricing reflects a $160 increase over the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
- The top-of-the-line 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTX starts at $28,515.
DETROIT — The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, which features fuel-saving stop-start technology as standard equipment, starts at $22,965, including an $825 destination charge. The Malibu goes on sale in the fall.
The pricing reflects a $160 increase over the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The base 2013 Malibu starts at $22,805, including an $810 destination charge.
The top-of-the-line 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTX starts at $28,515, including shipping.
The mildly revised 2014 Chevrolet Malibu gets a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with new intake valve technology and stop-start technology. Stop-start technology conserves fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights. GM says the Malibu is the first midsize sedan sold in the U.S. to offer the technology as standard on its base model.
The EPA says the base 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with the 2.5-liter engine returns 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the 2013 Malibu with the same engine returns 22 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway.
Gasoline prices have dropped from a year ago, but fuel economy still remains a concern to consumers. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Wednesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.54 versus $3.75 a year ago. Oil prices rose to a six-month high on Tuesday over tensions in the Middle East, prompting fears that gas prices might increase.
The 2014 Malibu is slightly more expensive than one of its chief Japanese rivals, the 2014 Honda Accord. The 2014 Accord sedan starts at $22,745.
The 2014 Malibu is slightly more expensive than one of its chief Korean rivals, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The 2014 Sonata starts at $21,990. Hyundai has not announced 2014 Sonata pricing.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu combines fuel-saving technology with an attractive starting price.