Malibu is getting a make-over, which General Motors hopes will counteract disappointing sales for last year’s model. According to a Chevrolet spokesman, the 2014 model, due to hit showrooms later this year, will get 29 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a 12% increase to “beat Toyota’s Camry.”
According to the EPA, Camry’s 2013 model was rated at 26 mpg, while the 2014 model is rated at 28 mpg combined driving.
The new Malibu, which is powered by a 2.5 liter Ecotec 4 cylinder engine, will also come with an added rear seat space 1.25 inches of knee room for back seat passengers, as well as improved suspension tuning, redesigned center console, and available blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alerts.
However, Malibu’s new rise in fuel economy and comfort will come with a slightly higher base sticker price, rising $145 to $22,140, excluding destination fees.
Note: GM has also accounced that customers who purchase certain new 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicles will “receive two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) worth of free maintenance. The program includes an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and 27-point vehicle inspection based on the owner's manual maintenance schedule.”