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in Affordable Midsize Cars

MSRP: $22,340 - $29,950
Invoice: $21,558 - $28,303
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy
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Chevrolet Malibu Interior

Automotive journalists say that the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu has an attractively-designed cabin, which is built with mostly high-quality materials. However, they also think the Malibu suffers from a lack of rear-seat legroom, but note that the Malibu’s front seats are comfortable. Reviewers write that the Malibu has a number of buttons on the dash, which can seem confusing at first. However, they write that the Malibu’s switchgear is fairly straightforward after some study. Chevy’s optional MyLink infotainment system earns praise for its simple controls and logical on-screen menus, and that the Malibu offers very good trunk space for an affordable midsize car.

  • "The Malibu's 5-passenger cabin has an airy, upscale feel in which available leather seating and soft-touch surfaces complement metallic silver trim and chrome accents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even if you're considering just a base-model Malibu, you won't get the feeling that you're settling. The cabin has a handsome design, good noise isolation and quality soft-touch materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The dashboard and door materials generally feel nice and premium-ish, but there are still some rough, hard plastics on the center stack and other not-as-frequently touched areas. It's sort of a hodgepodge of premium and cheap materials, but nothing that stands out as sub-par for the class." -- Autoblog

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Seating

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a power-height-adjustable driver’s seat. Options include leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Reviewers say the Malibu’s front seats are pretty comfortable, and that the available eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Critics think that the back seats, which were given deeper cushions and enlarged for 2014, offer more knee- and headroom. However, they say that the Malibu still suffers from an uncomfortable lack of rear legroom compared with its competitors.

  • "Your comfort level in the Malibu has a lot to do with where you end up sitting. The front seats are comfortable, and the available power driver seat provides a wide range of adjustability for tall drivers. In back, the Malibu provides competitive shoulder and hiproom, but the shorter wheelbase compared to most rivals means less legroom, despite incremental increases due to thinner seatbacks in 2014 models. In spite of this change, taller drivers will still have to scoot their seat up a bit to make room for rear passengers -- not something you'd have to do in most other midsize sedans, which have more rear legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "We sat in the back seat for a bit, and while the added space is noticeable, we'd still like a bit more in the way of toe room so our little piggies don't feel quite so cramped. Headroom is good, though, and the lower, deeper seating position of the rear bench allows for a generally more comfortable experience." -- Autoblog
  • "The front seats themselves are adequately comfortable, with the driver's seat offering 8-way power adjustability and 4-way power-operated lumbar support." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Headroom is no longer at a premium in the back seat, and while there is indeed now decent knee room, the Malibu still suffers from a distinct lack of legroom. That problem cannot be easily solved without a change in the vehicle's wheelbase length." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2014 Chevy Malibu comes standard with Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Options include Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, iPhone integration with Siri, navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, heated sideview mirrors, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a backup camera, forward collision alert, blind spot warning and lane departure warning.

Test drivers agree that the optional MyLink touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, although one reviewer writes that it is slow to respond to inputs, and sometimes misses them entirely. A few critics think that the controls seem complicated and overwhelming at first, but they also say that the Malibu’s switchgear is easy to use after you’ve spent some time behind the wheel.

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  • "All of this resides below a black plastic control panel in which no fewer than 40 buttons, knobs and switches reside. If you're looking for where all the buttons went when Buick simplified its center consoles for 2014, the answer is Chevrolet. Still, it's a more satisfying layout than Ford's touch-sensitive plastic console in the Fusion." -- Cars.com
  • "The center stack's control layout might seem a bit complicated at first, but it's easy to get the hang of it once you've logged some miles in the car. The MyLink touchscreen interface features an intuitive menu structure and allows control of smartphone radio apps, such as Pandora and Stitcher. Unfortunately, the interface can prove frustrating to use at times, as reactions to touch inputs are occasionally slow or missed entirely." -- Edmunds
  • "Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system features one of the most user-friendly multimedia interfaces on the market. MyLink's various features, including smartphone integration for Pandora and Stitcher, Bluetooth streaming audio and a comprehensive Gracenote database for simple music related voice-commands, are clearly displayed on a large 7-inch touch screen that flips open to reveal a hidden storage compartment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the tech front, Chevy is still offering its MyLink infotainment system with a touchscreen interface that's simple to use, with a simple setup and easy-to-locate functions." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu offers a 16.3 cubic-foot trunk. That’s more space than what many affordable midsize cars offer, including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Mazda6. For 2014, the front center console has been redesigned, and one reviewer thinks that it provides better storage space for small items.

  • "Up front, the center console has been reworked with a shift lever that's positioned closer to the driver, allowing for better cup- and phone-holder placement, as well as a revised armrest/storage cubby setup." -- Autoblog
Review Last Updated: 8/19/14

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