Chevrolet recently announced the official fuel economy numbers of the refreshed, 2014 Malibu. Equipped with standard start/stop technology and a 2.5L Ecotec four-cylinder engine, the fuel economy rating for the base model rises to 29 combined miles per gallon, with 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. That’s better than the popular Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion, along with being superior to the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata.
On the same token, the base 2014 Malibu has great potential to cannibalize the eAssist-powered Malibu Eco, which unless something changes here soon, has no improvement in fuel economy. Moreover, the base 2014 Malibu possesses 196 horsepower to the Malibu Eco’s 182 horsepower. What’s more, the refreshed 2014 Malibu starts at $22,965, well under the Malibu Eco’s $26,670 MSRP — even a 2014 Malibu LT comes under, at $24,335. Currently, the Malibu Eco only accounts for roughly 10 percent of all Malibu sales. Without knowing any better, it seems GM is giving up on the model, but we’ll have to wait and see to know for sure.