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.
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.
The Stop/Start system equipped inside the Chevrolet manages a number of features like, among many others, the vehicle speed and the operation of the climate control system. This is also the same system that monitors how much force the driver has applied to the brake pedal. The system then determines if it is necessary to turn off the engine based on certain driving conditions like stop-and-go driving.
Engineers at Chevrolet did not end with the Stop/Start technology as they also included the valve-actuation technology dubbed as the Intake Valve Lift Control. By being specifically equipped to the model’s 2.5-liter engine, it helps enhance the fuel economy. Under the low-lift mode, the Intake Valve Lift Control system makes sure that the engine pumps air in the amount needed by the driver.
When running at higher speeds or when carrying heavy loads, the system immediately changes to high-lift mode allowing the engine to deliver full output capability. This system not just improves the efficiency but even reduces the emissions. It also increases available torque at low rpm and thus results in a greater feel of power even at lower speeds.
The 2014 Malibu will also be the official debut of the new six-speed transmission that is paired to the 2.5-liter engine. With the 6T45 transmission, the different improvements have resulted in the energy needed to pump the transmission fluid to be lowered. This implies that the new Malibu will experience additional savings when it comes to fuel economy.
In addition, the new technologies inside the Malibu allow this model to offer better combined fuel economy rating compared to the base engines of its rivals in the midsize sedan class. These include the Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry.