2014 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan: Complete Details

The Malibu from Chevrolet is an important car for the US major and this is the reason why it keeps on improving the same. For 2014, Chevrolet has added fuel saving start-stop technology, 1.25 inch more knee room and enhanced chassis and suspension in the Malibu.

The 2014 Malibu is roomier, more refined, more efficient, gets revised styling and an improved interior over the previous generation model. That is not all, there are important suspension enhancements and a new 2.5 liter engine.

“The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu builds on the strengths established by the all-new 2013 Malibu to make it a stronger choice for customers,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “The midsize sedan segment is the most contested in the industry and we’re not sitting still with the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.”

Talking about the highlights in detail now, the front of the car has been subtly revised and it now looks influenced from the all new Chevrolet Impala, thanks to a more prominent grille which has larger openings accented with chrome.

Next is the engine lineup which includes two powertrains for 2014: the 2.5L ECO with stop/start as standard and the 2.0L turbo. The 2014 Malibu is the only from its segment featuring fuel saving start stop technology as standard. The system is completely automatic and shuts off the engine in certain driving conditions to save fuel.

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The 2.5 liter produces an SAE certified 196 horsepower (146 kW) and 186 lb.-ft. of torque (252 Nm). The engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission and returns 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. The premium 2.0 L turbo engine produces an SAE certified 259 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque – a 14 percent improvement in torque over the earlier version.

The interior of the car is as pretty as the exterior is and also packs plenty of goodies. The interior features a dual cockpit design, a redesigned center console, redesigned seats, improved rear seat knee room, new cushion sculpturing, chrome-metallic or Agathis wood accents, ice-blue ambient lighting, Chevrolet MyLink, seven inch diagonal touch screen radio, etc.

Additional features include

  • Air conditioning with new humidity sensor on LS and 1LT
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial is standard on LT and LTZ
  • Audio system with USB port in the center console is standard on LT and LTZ
  • Pioneer nine-speaker sound system is available on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
  • Driver information center with color display is standard on all models
  • Keyless access and push-button start are available on LTZ
  • Leather-appointed seating with available heated front seats
  • Two auxiliary power outlets are standard on all models
  • 120-volt power outlet on the rear of the center console is available on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
  • Rear-vision camera system is available on LT and LTZ
  • Remote starter is available on 1LT and standard on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio and cruise controls) and shift knob 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
  • Leather-trimmed, heated front seats are available on 2LT and 3LT and standard on LTZ.

The safety features list includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, 10 standard air bags, rear vision camera and OnStar security.

The 2014 Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. Furthermore, the LT models are available in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims, while the LTZ is available in 1LZ and 2LZ trims.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Technical Specification

Engines

Type: Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 iVLC DI Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbo
Displacement
(cu. in./cc):
150/2457 122/1998
Bore & stroke
(in./mm):
3.46 x 3.97/88 x 101 3.39 x 3.39/86 x 86
Block material: lost foam cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: lost foam cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC iVLC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Valve lifters: hydraulic roller finger follower hydraulic roller finger follower
Ignition system: coil-on-plug coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery: high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 11.3:1 9.5:1
Horsepower
(hp/kW @ rpm):
196/146 @ 6300* 259/193 @ 5300*
Torque
(lb.-ft./Nm @ rpm):
186/252 @ 4400* 295/400 @ 3000 -4000*
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded premium recommended but not required
Max. engine speed (fuel cut-off): 7000 rpm 7000 rpm
Emissions controls: close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
Additional features: extended-life spark plugs;
extended-life coolant
extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city/hwy) 25/36 21/30

*SAE certified

Transmissions

Type: Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic
Applications: 2.5L 2.0L Turbo
Gear ratios: (:1):    
First: 4.58 4.48
Second: 2.96 2.87
Third: 1.91 1.84
Fourth: 1.45 1.41
Fifth: 1.00 1.00
Sixth: 0.75 0.74
Reverse: 2.84 2.88
Final drive ratio (:1): 2.89 2.77

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings
Rear: four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type: rack-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock: 2.68
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (feet/meters): 37.4/11.4
Steering ratio: 15.2:1

Brakes

Type: four-wheel disc w/ABS (w/ESC)
Brake rotor diameter – front (in/mm): 11.7/297 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper
Brake rotor diameter – rear (in/mm): 11.5/292 solid; single-piston, aluminum caliper

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type: 16 x 7.5-in. aluminum (LS, 1LT)
17 x 8.0-in. aluminum (avail. on 1LT)
18 x 8.0-in. aluminum (std. on 2LT, 3LT, 1LZ, 2LZ)
19 x 8.5-in. aluminum (avail. on 2LZ)
Tires: P215/60R16 all-season
P225/55R17 all-season
P235/50R18 all-season
P245/45R19 all-season

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in/mm) : 107.8/2738
Overall length
(in/mm):
191.5/4865
Overall width
(in/mm):
73/1854
Overall height
(in/mm):
57.6/1462
Front track (in/mm): 62.2/1579
Rear track (in/mm): 62/1575

 

Interior

Seating capacity
front/rear):
2/3
Headroom (in/mm): 39.0/991 (front)
37.5/953 (rear)
Legroom (in/mm): 42.1/1069 (front)
36.8/935 (rear)
Shoulder room
(in/mm):
57.5/1461 (front)
57.1/1450 (rear)
Hip room (in/mm): 55.0/1397 (front)
54.3/1380 (rear)
EPA passenger volume (cu ft/L) : 100.3/2837
EPA interior volume
(cu ft/L):
116.5/3299
Cargo volume
(cu ft/L):
16.3/462

Capacities

Fuel tank (gal/L): 18.5/70
Engine oil (qt/L): 2.5L: 5.0/4.7
2.0L: 6.3/6.0
Cooling system (qt/L): 2.5L: 7.5/7.1
2.0L: 7.4/7.0
Curb weight
(lbs/kg – estimated):
3393/1539 (LS)
3439/1560 (1LT)
3532/1602 (2LT w/ 2.5L)
3635/1649 (3LT trim w/ 2.0L turbo)
3547/1609 (1LZ w/ 2.5L)
3660/1656 (2LZ w/ 2.0L turbo)