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    2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better, But Not Great
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    By Timothy Cain on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
    In order to understand the growth rate of GCBC's future editor-in-chief, his doctor compares his height and weight to the height and weight of other boys the same age. If we were lacking the specs of other children of the world, we wouldn't know if what we perceive to be an acceptable amount of chub and length actually represents good health.

    Would we have any idea just how good seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer really is had we only ever seen him play against opponents ranked outside the top 100? We certainly couldn't make a fair judgement on the iPhone 5s's user-friendliness if we only compared it with the HTC Dream and Blackberry Storm rather than, say, the Nexus 5 and Blackberry Z30.

    THE GOOD
    Lots of doodads
    You can get a different engine
    Pillow-top front seats
    Heated driver's seat regained life
    Handsome front end
    THE BAD
    Rear seat still snug
    2.5L is buzzy and gruff
    Easily flustered when pushed
    Heated driver's seat died
    Nasty rear end

    You get the idea. If there's but one constantly improving option in the category, we should feel free to judge that product independently. But we don't only want to know if Roger's one-handed backhand has been improved by Stefan Edberg's coaching, we want to know how he plays against Rafael Nadal. Nor are we cross-shopping new iPhones with antiquated Blackberrys.

    And the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu must be more than a good car - bigger than your old '97 'bu; more luxurious than the 2008 you rented in Columbus - it must be competitive with thoroughly evolved midsize sedans from automobile manufacturers that have been dominating the category for years. Indeed, this updated Malibu needs to be more than competitive if it's going to convince consumers who have never considered (and say they will never consider) a GM midsize car.
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    With those factors in mind, we're heading back to a method we've used before in GCBC car reviews. Here are three reasons the 2014 Malibu, with its rejigged front fascia, updated engine, and enlarged rear seat, may struggle to find traction in the midsize market and three reasons it could continue to attract more than 200,000 U.S. buyers on an annual basis.

    It's Not A Honda Accord: Ask the next ten Accord (and Camry) owners you meet why they bought their car, and nine out of ten will say they wholeheartedly trust their car. ReliabiIt's Not A Ford Fusion:lity, durability, and quality have generally been traits which the Accord (and Camry) exemplified. But in this era when even the least reliable nameplates are rarely in the shop, is the Malibu really at a deficit? In the minds of midsize traditionalists, yes. The Accord goes beyond Honda's famed long-lasting drivetrains by also being more efficient than the Malibu in city driving and by feeling like the much more spacious car. The Accord certainly isn't the only midsize car that feels more expensive than the Malibu. While the Chevrolet's pieces are assembled well, the pieces themselves feel downmarket. There's soft touch material on the dash, but only directly above the instrument cluster. The central control panel looks very last-gen now that rivals are churning out premium interiors like this and this. The Malibu's 2.5L powerplant, apart from feeling like it's putting out closer to 180 horsepower than 200, is a noisy unit. Grumbly at low revs, the engine becomes gruff in the mid-range and then buzzy as the power peak is approached. Fortunately it's an aural issue, as the cabin is free from vibration through pedals, wheel, and shifter. (The stop-start system has been fine-tuned, as well.) But there's never been such thing as a complaint about the refinement of a Honda four-pot.

    It's Not A Ford Fusion:The Malibu lineup now includes just two engines, this 2.5L four-cylinder and a 259-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that starts at $31,915. Ford's Fusion, on the other hand, Canada's best-selling midsize car and the only Detroit midsizer that's capable of challenging the Camry for top-selling status in America, is marketed in countless forms. There will be three turbocharged four-cylinders to go along with the base 2.5L, plus a hybrid powertrain and a plug-in hybrid alternative. The Fusion can also be fitted with all-wheel-drive.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    GM needs to get rid of this gen Malibu as soon as possible. I'm sorry but it's near the bottom of the segment and it's damaging the Malibu name for future generations. Take the Impala for inspiration GM, I saw a black top of the line Impala and boy that thing looks gorgeous in person. The Mercedes and BMWs looked like corollas in comparison.
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    There's just no value in the Malibu. I can get a Honda Accord with a V-6, Nav, and ALL the bells and whistles one can get on an Accord for $30,xxx. Why in God's name would I pay $3,000 MORE for less car in the Malibu?
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    There's just no value in the Malibu. I can get a Honda Accord with a V-6, Nav, and ALL the bells and whistles one can get on an Accord for $30,xxx. Why in God's name would I pay $3,000 MORE for less car in the Malibu?
    Malibu has value issues, but you realize that's Canadian pricing in the review?

    An Accord Touring and loaded Malibu LTZ Turbo sticker for about the same, it's in-between trims Malibu has issues with.
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    I helped a friend evaluate alternatives for a midsize sedan for her. We test drove Accord. Camry. Altima, Fusion and Sonata. She liked the Malibu at first, but when compared to Fusion, Camry and Accord it lacks in engine smoothness. She is not a "car person", but could feel/hear the coarseness compared to the other three. I would say for her it was the drivetrain that killed the deal most of all. The Malibu just comes off as a less refined, lower quality car. FWIW she thought the Fusion hands down was the best looking. She bought the Accord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetsRace View Post
    GM needs to get rid of this gen Malibu as soon as possible. I'm sorry but it's near the bottom of the segment and it's damaging the Malibu name for future generations. Take the Impala for inspiration GM, I saw a black top of the line Impala and boy that thing looks gorgeous in person. The Mercedes and BMWs looked like corollas in comparison.
    If this generation is so damaging to the Malibu name, you wouldn't have compared it to the awesomeness of the Impala. It's FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR better than the last generation Impala.

    It's actually a nice looking ride, the rear is polarizing though. I have not driven it and don't intend to (or any other midsize 4 door fwd)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdp326 View Post
    Malibu has value issues, but you realize that's Canadian pricing in the review?

    An Accord Touring and loaded Malibu LTZ Turbo sticker for about the same, it's in-between trims Malibu has issues with.
    Yes, but I've also walked the lots at night looking at lots of GM cars up close. The Malibu is NOT competitive when it comes to pricing for what you get. I don't know if it's the packaging that's screwed up or what.

    Didn't see any Accord Touring models at my local Honda dealership but they do have a few LX's, couple of Sports, Ex and an EX-L

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    Too bad GM can't just cut some lenght out of the Impala to replace the Malibu and call it a day. Have a short and long wheelbase Impala.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Too bad GM can't just cut some lenght out of the Impala to replace the Malibu and call it a day. Have a short and long wheelbase Impala.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwoodx View Post
    If this generation is so damaging to the Malibu name, you wouldn't have compared it to the awesomeness of the Impala. It's FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR better than the last generation Impala.

    It's actually a nice looking ride, the rear is polarizing though. I have not driven it and don't intend to (or any other midsize 4 door fwd)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Too bad GM can't just cut some lenght out of the Impala to replace the Malibu and call it a day. Have a short and long wheelbase Impala.....
    You may have intended this to be sarcasm, but in fact it may be a very good idea

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    She liked the Malibu at first, but when compared to Fusion, Camry and Accord it lacks in engine smoothness. She is not a "car person", but could feel/hear the coarseness compared to the other three. I would say for her it was the drivetrain that killed the deal most of all. The Malibu just comes off as a less refined, lower quality car. FWIW she thought the Fusion hands down was the best looking. She bought the Accord.
    This mirrors my experience test driving mid-size sedans with my family. Powertrain refinement is one area where each and every GM passenger car equipped with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine and automatic transmission falls short of the competition.

    I expect better of a company that has the engineering expertise that General Motors does. Is it that difficult to design a 4-cylinder spark ignition engine that when revved doesn't sound like a Ninja blender in ice crushing mode?
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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    We were very close to buying a mid-sized sedan a few months ago, and we looked at and test drove a Malibu. We didn't end up buying one, but if we were, we would have opted for a Mazda 6 or Accord over the Malibu. In the trims we looked at and the ones we test drove, we just got more of what we wanted in the Honda Accord Sport or Mazda than in the Malibu.

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    Re: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT Review - Better, Much Better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mundus View Post
    I helped a friend evaluate alternatives for a midsize sedan for her. We test drove Accord. Camry. Altima, Fusion and Sonata. She liked the Malibu at first, but when compared to Fusion, Camry and Accord it lacks in engine smoothness. She is not a "car person", but could feel/hear the coarseness compared to the other three. I would say for her it was the drivetrain that killed the deal most of all. The Malibu just comes off as a less refined, lower quality car. FWIW she thought the Fusion hands down was the best looking. She bought the Accord.
    Which Accord did she buy? And yes, I have to agree, the Fusion is the sharpest of the group by a good margin. The Maserati-esque shades-of-2gen-Concorde/LHS front end really is the cat's meow.

    It would be interesting to drive the four non-Camry cars back-to-back. My recollection of my last Camry drive is still pretty fresh. It was remarkably unremarkable. Not to feed the I-Hate-Camrys fish, that was just my impression.

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