2014 Chevrolet Malibu

#4 in 2014 Affordable Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.5 / 10
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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu provides a smooth ride and good gas mileage. It also has a large trunk and high safety and reliability scores. However, it's not that fun to drive, and the rear seats are short on legroom.

SEATING


5

MPG


21-25

  CITY


30-36

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


182-259
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Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Attractive interior
  • Large trunk
  • High safety and reliability ratings 
  • Limited back-seat legroom
  • Not as fun to drive as some rivals

Notable for 2014

  • Updated exterior styling
  • Retuned suspension
  • Increased rear-seat legroom
  • Blind spot monitoring became available
  • iPhone integration with Siri became available

Chevrolet Malibu Rankings and Research

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Malibu has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 4_5

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

By Cody Trotter June 20, 2017

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu provides a smooth ride and good gas mileage. It also has a large trunk and high safety and reliability scores. However, it's not that fun to drive, and the rear seats are short on legroom.

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a Good Used Car?

The Chevrolet Malibu is a good vehicle, and it's one of several midsize cars with strong overall scores in our rankings. This Chevrolet sedan seats five and has great cargo space. Its strong mpg ratings are appealing, as are its high safety and reliability ratings. This is a good car for shoppers concerned with value and practicality.

The Chevrolet Malibu features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine that puts out 196 horsepower. That’s enough power for any driving situation, but drivers looking for quicker acceleration will want the available 259-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth, timely shifts. Midsize cars are pretty fuel-efficient in general, but the Malibu’s mpg ratings are above average compared to the competition. With the base engine, the Malibu gets 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops by a few mpg with the turbocharged engine. Though it has decent power, the Chevy sedan isn't the most fun-to-drive car. The Malibu is composed around corners and its ride is relatively smooth, but other cars in the class are more athletic and engaging.

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Like all midsize cars, the Chevrolet Malibu seats five. Its front row is generally comfortable, and the available power-adjustable seats make it easy to find a good driving position. The rear seats have plenty of headroom, but other cars in the class offer more rear legroom. The back seat features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats. The trunk has an excellent 16 cubic feet of room.

The Malibu's cabin is well-built and uses quality materials. Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar, and satellite radio. Notable available features include navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, a sunroof, iPhone integration with Siri, and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. The touch screen’s controls might seem complex at first, but most find them easy to use after the initial learning curve. Chevrolet's MyLink system is user-friendly overall, though it's occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

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Used 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Prices

Like any used vehicle, pricing for a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu varies depending on the individual car's condition, mileage, and location. Prices range from about $9,200 to $16,000. Even on the high end, that's considerably cheaper than the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which has a base price around $21,700.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2014 Malibu a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is an excellent rating for any car (a score of three is considered average). That's also one of the best scores in the class; it's at least a full point better than many other cars.

How Safe Is the Malibu?

Virtually every midsize car gets good safety ratings, and the Malibu is no different. The Chevrolet sedan has one of the highest safety ratings in the class. It earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Though no driver assistance features come standard, the Malibu is available with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Malibu?

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sits squarely in the middle of a short generation that began with the redesigned 2013 model and ended with the 2015 model. (Chevy redesigned the vehicle again for the 2016 model year.) Engine power, fuel economy, interior space and build quality, and trunk space are consistent across all three model years. The 2013 and 2014 Malibus have similar features offerings, but the 2015 model introduced new features like Siri Eyes Free, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and rear parking sensors. The 2013 sedan costs nearly $3,000 less than the newer models, so you may choose it to save money. Otherwise, go with the 2015 Malibu; it's got those fancy updated features and is only about $1,000 more than the 2014 model.

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Which Used Malibu Model Is Right for Me?

The LS is the base Malibu trim, but there are also three LT trims and two LTZ trims. The LS trim costs less than the higher trims, but you won't get many of the available features. If you want more tech options, you need to step up to one of the LT trims. The LTZ trims have almost everything this Chevy can offer, but they cost the most. You should also consider the engine; the lower LT and LTZ trims have the base engine, while the higher LT and LTZ trims have the turbo-four. If price is no object, the LTZ is the way to go. Otherwise, the LT trims provide a nice balance between price and features availability.

You may want to consider Chevrolet’s certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle program. Many buyers prefer CPO vehicles because they come with a warranty and are inspected before being resold. However, they are typically a little more expensive. CPO Chevrolet vehicles have a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We looked at 39 pieces of research for our review of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. This research includes reliability ratings, crash test scores, and other professional reviews. We put so much work into our vehicle analyses so that buyers like you can head to the dealer and feel confident that they’ve done their homework on the car they want.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team has a combined 75 years of experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking cars for a decade. To ensure that our reviews remain unbiased, our editorial staff does not accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and all of the advertising on our site is handled by a third party.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu or 2014 Ford Fusion?

The Ford Fusion is one of the most fun-to-drive midsize cars. It has sharp steering, agile handling, and several available turbocharged engines that deliver good fuel economy. You can also look into a Ford Fusion Hybrid if you want an alternative powertrain. The Fusion's cabin looks a little bland, but it's well-built and features comfortable seats in both rows. The rear seats also have ample legroom. The Fusion has plenty of standard and available features, including a touch-screen infotainment system and several driver assistance options. However, when it comes to safety and reliability ratings, the Malibu is better on both counts. Both cars cost about the same, so the right choice comes down to whether you'd prefer the ride that's more athletic and comfortable or the one that's safer and more reliable.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu or 2014 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is available in coupe and sedan models. It has an attractive interior that uses high-end materials. Both Accord models have comfortable front seats, and sedan models have some of the roomiest rear seats in the class. The Accord has high safety and reliability ratings, though not as high as the Malibu’s. It’s no slouch on the road, either; the Accord is nimble, energetic, and fuel-efficient with the base engine or the available V6. There isn't necessarily a right choice between these vehicles, but the Malibu is about $1,400 to $2,000 less expensive. For most buyers, the Accord isn't worth the extra money.

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