Hey guys. Dealer here. I noticed something that has not been discussed here on GMI in regards to the Malibu LS.
First, the 2013 model had a Piano Black bezel around the base radio. This has been replaced with dull grey plastic. It looks awful now. The rest of the interior is nice and the cup holders are usable again, but this radio looks out of place now.
Second, every single 2014 LS on my lot does not have XM radio. I don't have the brochure to check to see if this is an oversight on the first models built or what. However if you go to Chevrolet.com and look at the LS model, you'll see SiriusXM listed in the standard features. I have about 20 units on hand and new ones arriving every day, not a single one has SiriusXM.
What happened here? The radio as far as I can tell is exactly the same. Same size, same basic features etc... just no XM and I really can't find a valid reason for the Piano Black being replaced.
When I first started selling the 2013 Model, people liked the look and feel of the interior. However, showing the new 2014 LS, I have gotten a few complaints about the way the radio looks. Nothing earth shattering and I haven't lost a sale over it, but it is noticed by our customers.