The Chevrolet Malibu continues to improve as it strives for excellence in 2014. It received a major overhaul just last year giving it bold styling and added refinement both on the inside and out. One might think, what could Chevy possibly do to improve on it’s already crowd pleasing design? Well, for starters, Chevrolet has added additional rear seat legroom and storage and a new stop-and-start system while increasing mpg and delivering a smoother ride. Its turbocharged engine also receives a 35 lb.-ft. boost in torque.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in four well equipped trim levels- LS, LT, Eco and LTZ. Don’t get your heart set on the Eco trim though as it will be disappearing from dealerships early next year decreasing its lineup to just three trims.
Standard equipment found on the entry level Malibu LS includes 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, full power accessories, steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, OnStar®, Bluetooth® and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Malibu LT consists of 3 sub trims- 1LT, 2LT and, you guessed it, 3LT. The 1LT includes the features of the LS plus heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, ambient interior lighting, upgraded cloth upholstery, and an upgraded sound system with voice activated controls and satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB interface and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The 2LT adds 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, a full-color high-resolution driver information center and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The 3LT includes all of the equipment found in the 2LT and adds the turbocharged engine.
The Malibu Eco 1SA is similar to the 1LT but adds upgraded features like 17-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat.
Opting for the top-of-the-ling LTZ will add chrome exterior accents, leather upholstery with heated front seats, an eight way power adjustable front-passenger seat and an auto dimming rearview mirror. The turbocharged engine and a sunroof are optional.
Various packages are available on lower trim levels that will add features found on upper trim levels. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is adequately priced to start at just $20,965. Spring for a fully loaded LTZ and you’ll be signing on the dotted line for over $31,000.
Efficient Four-cylinder engine; smooth comfortable ride; elegant interior and exterior design
Sluggish transmission in Eco model; Eco’s awkward trunk space; smallish rear seat despite improvements