Due to hit showrooms across the United States before year’s end, the 2014 Chevy Malibu will boast a more spacious interior and a new look for the front end. Its most impressive and substantial upgrade, however, is the one that you can’t see until you check your bank statement each month: fuel efficiency.
Newly announced fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu show a 12 percent improvement over the 2013 Malibu in combined city and highway miles per gallon (MPG). That brings the 2014 Malibu’s capabilities to 29 MPG, which is three better than the 2013 model. This also means that the 2014 Chevy Malibu is more fuel efficient than its in-class rival, the Toyota Camry.
“In this competitive mid-size segment, there is no standing still,” Chris Perry, Chevrolet’s Vice President of Marketing, said in a statement. “In addition to fuel economy improvements, the 2014 Malibu is roomier and more refined than its predecessor.”
Also new to the 2014 Malibu is standard stop/start technology, which will monitor vehicle speed, climate control system operation, and driver-applied brake force to determine when it is possible to shut off the engine to conserve fuel in instances such as gridlock and stop-and-go driving situations.
Chevrolet is also incorporating valve-actuation technology, known as Intake Valve Life Control, into the Malibu’s 2.5L base engine in order to improve fuel economy even further. This combines to make the 2014 Malibu more efficient than the Camry, as well as the Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Chrysler 200.
As with football rivalries, there must be a winner and a loser (let us speak not of these “ties”). Calling the 2014 model year mid-size segment may be over before the first seconds tick off of the game clock: advantage Malibu. To join up with the winning team, come and see us at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet and experience the difference first hand!