This article is part of the GM Authority Mailbag series, where the GM Authority Crew features and replies to your questions, comments, and observations.
The following comes to us from Bill about the refreshed 2014 Malibu:
After some light editing, the best thing GM could do is put the 2013 console back in the 2014 Chevy Malibu. First, take that 1930s handbrake out of the console. Second, the console is now wider in the front and rubs on the right leg from the knee down.
I have had a new one every year since 2002, but I will not buy the 2014 because of the console. My wife ended up with a 2014 Buick Regal.
Please fix the center console.
I don’t know, Bill. I just don’t know. I just drove the 2014 Malibu earlier this week, and the center console, which was designed with the help of 3D printing, is something I have come to like and appreciate. For starters, the dedicated cell phone spaces are incredibly useful, finally bringing to an end the “phone float and wobble” when it’s riding in a cup holder.
But what really sets the console of the 2014 Malibu apart for me is the longer armrest, which is significantly more comfortable than the unit in the 2013 ‘Bu. Plus, I never felt my knee rub on any part of the center console in my time with the car. For what it’s worth, when I drive, I don’t sit like a bowlegged lady making a creation in pottery class.
My only gripe with the 2014’s redesigned console is the manual parking brake — so I’m right there with you, Bill, on that one. Why remove a solution that’s so much more space-efficient and convenient than the old-school manual brake is beyond me.
With that, let’s open it up to the GM Authority army. Are you experiencing the same issues with the center console of the 2014 Malibu as Bill? Sound off in the comments.