When the refreshed 2014 Malibu begins arriving at Chevrolet dealerships this fall, it will be the first midsize sedan sold in the United States to offer fuel-saving stop-start technology as standard equipment on the base model equipped with the 2.5L Ecotec (LCV) engine.
Having received a substantial refresh for the 2014 model year only a year after the launch of the all-new 2013 eighth-generation model, the 2014 Malibu is EPA-estimated to deliver 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined, a 14 percent improvement in city fuel economy.
Stop/start technology allows a vehicle to conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop (such as at stoplights or while in park). When the driver takes his or her foot off the brake, the engine automatically restarts. While the engine is shut off, an auxiliary 12-volt battery powers electric accessories such as heating and air conditioning, power windows, and radio. The system is also smart enough to determine when not to shut the engine off — such as when the battery is low on power and in stop-and-go traffic.
Joining stop/start technology on its base 2.5L I4 (LCV) engine and contributing to the Malibu’s improved fuel economy is valve-actuation technology. Known as Intake Valve Lift Control, the system operates during low-lift mode, pumping only the air it needs to meet the driver’s demand for power, then switching to high-lift mode at highest speeds or under heavy loads, thereby providing the full output capability of the engine.
The variable intake valve actuation enhances efficiency and helps lower emissions while boosting low-rpm torque, thereby increasing the feeling of power at lower speeds.
New 6T45 Transmission
In addition to stop/start, the 2014 Malibu’s base 2.5L Ecotec (LCV) engine is mated to a new six-speed 6T45 transmission, which includes improvements that reduce the energy required to pump transmission fluid, resulting in additional fuel economy savings.
Competitive Fuel Economy
The new technologies allow the 2014 Malibu with the 2.5L engine to deliver a higher combined fuel economy rating than many (but not all) of its class rivals, including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Chrysler 200.
|Model||Base Engine||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
|2014 Chevrolet Malibu||2.5L||25||36||29|
|2014 Toyota Camry||2.5L||25||35||28|
|2014 Honda Accord||2.4L||27||36||30|
|2014 Nissan Altima||2.5L||27||38||N/A|
|2013 Kia Optima||2.4L||24||35||28|
|2013 Hyundai Sonata||2.4L||24||35||28|
|2014 Ford Fusion||2.5L||22||34||26|
|2014 Chrysler 200||2.4L||20||31||24|
“In this competitive midsize segment, there is no standing still,” said Chevrolet marketing vice president Chris Perry. “In addition to fuel economy improvements, the 2014 Malibu is roomier and more refined than its predecessor.”
2014 Malibu Updates
Additional items that were updated on the 2014 Malibu include:
- Revised front-end appearance
- Roomier rear seat with 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) more knee room
- Redesigned center console
- Suspension enhancements derived from the all-new 2014 Impala engineered to contribute to a more dynamic driving experience
- Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features
- Nearly 14 percent more torque from the available 2.0L turbo engine – 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm) and engineered for a greater feeling of power on demand
2014 Malibu Pricing
The 2014 Malibu will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing, which includes an $825 destination charge but excludes tax, title, license, and dealer fees, is as follows: