2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

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    2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    A work colleague is looking to purchase a GM Certified 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet Malibu sedan. He found four LTZ models, three with the 2.0L Turbo 4cyl and one with the 2.5L 4cyl engine. He asked me if I knew anything about the 2.5's performance compared to the 2.0 Turbo. He's driven one with the 2.0 and was impressed. The 2.5 Malibu is at a dealer not terribly far but not close enough for a quick test drive. He likes the colors and options of the 2.5 one, but likes the turbo engine. Anyone have feedback or insight on the 2.5 engine I can provide him?
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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    I believe GM added Start-Stop for 2014 on the 2.5L - I considered the Malibu in 2013 when we got our Fusion, the Malibu is a decent car, it just fell short of the competition in many aspects.

    I believe for 2014 they redesigned the rear part of the front seats, giving rear passengers a bit more legroom.

    The 2.5L is not going to be a peppy/sporty, but it'll get noticeably better gas mileage.
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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    My co-worker and I rented a "Malibu Limited" last year when we traveled to the Chicago area for technician training classes at KONE Americas (I work as an elevator and escalator repairman). It had the 2.5L engine, which was noisy and gutless. The "shake, rattle, and roll" auto start-stop system made the experience even worse! On my BMW F30, I keep the auto start-stop system turned off, but on the Malibu Limited there was no switch to disable the dang thing!

    All in all, I think your work colleague will be much more satisfied with the turbo engine. Best wishes!
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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    The 2.5 does not compare unless you only care about fuel economy.
    And it's not like the 2.0t is a gas hog.
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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    Thanks for the comments. I've driven a 2015 Regal and a 2016 ATS Sedan, both with the 2.0L Turbo, and told him how impressed I was with the turbo engine. I'm sure he'll be happy to learn he doesn't have waste time to test drive the 2.5L Malibu.
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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    If you're buying used get the "big" engine. Don't waste your time on the non turbo.

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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    I have rented numerous 2014/2016 Malibu's with the 2.5 196 HP engine. The stop/start can be a little annoying but I would hardly call it gutless. In fact I found it to be quicker than a rental 2.5 Camry SE, a 2.5 S Altima, a 2.4 2015 Sonata and a rental 2016 Passat with the 1.8T. They do need to be fully broken in with at least 15K miles to be loosened up however. My friend's 2016 Malibu LT Limited with the 2.5 ran a 7.3 second 0-60 run 3 times in a row and that was with both of us in the car! This was muscle car performance in the 70's and 80's and early 90's. The 2.0T does lack the stop/start which might make it more preferable and 0-60 runs will be in the low to mid 6 second range but it will drink more fuel and your stuck with the harder riding more expensive to replace 19" tires that come with it!

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    Re: 2014/2015 Malibu: 2.5L vs 2.0L Turbo engine

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchoman49 View Post
    The 2.0T does lack the stop/start which might make it more preferable and 0-60 runs will be in the low to mid 6 second range but it will drink more fuel and your stuck with the harder riding more expensive to replace 19" tires that come with it!
    Malibu Turbo for 2014 and 2015 come with 18" wheels standard on both 3LT and 2LZ models. The 19" wheels are optional on 2LZ models. Specifying the Electronics and Entertainment Package on 2LZ automatically adds 19" wheels.

    You do make a good point regarding ride quality and tire replacement cost with those upsized wheels, though, and I wouldn't be surprised if most 2LZ Malibus in the used car marketplace are fully loaded versions.

    The Malibu 3LT model seems to be very rare.
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