It is official: the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will have a starting price in the United States of $26,965, including the $825 destination charge but excluding tax, title, and license and dealer fees. The new Malibu comes as standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 196 bhp and 253 Nm (186 lb-ft) of torque.
According to the official press release, the 2014 Malibu is now fitted as standard with the stop/start technology and delivers an EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Still, GM offers the optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 259 bhp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.
The 2014 Malibu 2.5L gets a new six-speed 6T45 transmission, which reduces the energy required to pump transmission fluid, enabling addition fuel economy savings. Additional features on the 2014 Malibu include a revised front appearance, roomier rear seat with 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) more knee room, redesigned center console, suspension enhancements, Side Blind Alert Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Allert.
The 2014 Malibu will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. As we said, the 2014 Malibu 2.5L starts at $22,965 for the LS trim level. The 1LT starts at $24,335, the 2LT at $26,040 and $28,515 for the top LTZ trim. All suggested retail prices include an $825 destination charge, but exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees.