Perhaps one of the biggest head-scratching moves in recent memory was for GM engineers to shorten the wheelbase of the new Chevrolet Malibu from the old one — while nearly the rest of the competitive segment did the opposite. As a result, while the Malibu still features decent room for occupants, vehicles like the new Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Volkswagen Passat feature even more, and it’s been one of the reasons the new Malibu has been lambasted by critics, as well as things like underwhelming fuel economy numbers. As a result of the negative press, GM has reportedly pushed a refresh for the vehicle into high gear, and is set to debut by the 2014 model year.
The latest word as to what to expect from the refreshed Malibu is that the rear-seat legroom issue will be addressed. This should help make the vehicle more competitive in the unforgiving segment, as will a face lift that follows Chevrolet’s new design language seen on the 2014 Impala.