2014 Chevrolet Malibu Gets Tweaked With Eye to Improved Fuel Efficiency


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    2014 Chevrolet Malibu Picture

    2014 Chevrolet Malibu. | May 31, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The mildly revised 2014 Chevrolet Malibu gets a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with new intake valve technology and stop-start technology with an eye to improved fuel economy.
  • Rear-seat passengers get a bit more legroom, and the front end of the car is restyled to look more like the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu goes on sale in the fall.

DETROIT — The mildly revised 2014 Chevrolet Malibu gets a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with new intake valve technology and stop-start technology with an eye to improved fuel economy.

Rear-seat passengers get a bit more legroom in the new Malibu and the front end of the car is restyled to look more like the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. GM also said the 2014 Malibu has suspension enhancements derived from the Impala.

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu goes on sale in the fall. Pricing has not been announced.

The EPA has not yet posted fuel-economy numbers on the 2014 Malibu. But GM said on Friday that the 2.5-liter engine with stop-start technology should deliver an estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway.

The 2013 Malibu with a 2.5-liter engine delivers 22 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The Malibu and its many midsize sedan competitors are in a fuel-economy race. In comparison, the 2013 Honda Accord with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine returns 27 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine returns 24 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Both the Accord and Sonata compete with Malibu.

Gas prices continue to hover near the $4-a-gallon mark. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.61 versus $3.52 a month ago.

GM North America President Mark Reuss characterized the 2014 Malibu as a "stronger choice for customers."

The Malibu has been tweaked to "deliver more precise ride and handling that is on a par with more expensive sports sedans," noted Ken Kelzer, Malibu executive chief engineer.

The 2014 Malibu also gets a redesigned center console with a longer armrest. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are new optional safety features.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Malibu delivers 196 horsepower. GM says the optional 259-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Malibu delivers more torque than the outgoing model. Torque is pegged at 295 pound-feet, an increase of almost 14 percent, GM noted.

Edmunds says: Gas prices continue to be top-of-mind for many consumers and the changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu reflect that concern.

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