You'll appreciate the redesigned Malibu if you prize a plush, comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. That's where this solid, easygoing sedan excels. It also has simple controls, decent fuel economy and sound handling (although the Malibu is clearly no sports sedan). You'll probably come away disappointed, however, if you need a roomy rear seat.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
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2005
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NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
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2018
2019
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

You'll appreciate the redesigned Malibu if you prize a plush, comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. That's where this solid, easygoing sedan excels. It also has simple controls, decent fuel economy and sound handling (although the Malibu is clearly no sports sedan).

You'll probably come away disappointed, however, if you need a roomy rear seat. The Malibu's is relatively tight, with less space for legs and knees than most competitors.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (259 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (196 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Lost pairing of phone to car and had to reinstall it"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard to explain other than have trouble receiving calls. Take it to dealer and they do something and it works for awhile"

Joyce M., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

"The IPhone will not pair with the system. Chevrolet blame Apple and Apple blame the MyLink"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer has reset system several times. Usually quits working within hours after leaving dealership"

Donald M., IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"To use voice control to make phone calls, I first have to turn on the radio. Crazy! Then it doesn't respond at all to my first request, "Call Rod cell" and have to repeat the same command and it finally connects on the second try. Our 2016 Malibu doesn't have these issues at all"

Cathy F., IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Blind spot indicator would go off sometimes on left side without anything in vicinity. Dealer never able to fix. Colision warning did not work properly when first purchased. Dealer finally got this corrected after several service calls. Car was at"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Touch screen stopped several times. Would start again when car turned back on. Dealer could never duplicate problem. Has not happened for over 6 months"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Static on radio when using rear defrost"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Have problems with cruise control cheap lever on steering wheel"

Joyce M., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"supposedly brake dust accumulates in front brakes, letting them squeal constantly unless brakes are applied"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear driver's door rubber molding has come partially loose 2 times in last 4 months"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind noise at highway speeds at the driver widow near outside mirror"

John H., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticeable by front seats. Dealer says that's "normal" due to outside mirror design. "Hogwash"!"

Robert R., FL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper separated from quarter panel slightly leaving a gap. Would not snap back in"

Robert A., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Window moldings coming loose on driver side front and rear doors"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"missing chrome on passenger window"

William H., OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"It was blowing warm area when the A/ c was on"

Kenneth I., MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"in cold weather will not maintain proper temp in car, it is also slow to heat"

James H., NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"very bad smell when AC cycles"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Hesitation in down shifting. Dealer said it was difficult to repair six speed auto trans. Doubtful it could be fixed. Wanted $100.00 for diagnostics. Did not go any farther. Traded in vehicle"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Steering and transmission both had to have updated programs installed. Still the car only gets 23mpg in mostly highway driving"

Robert D., GA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CAR JERKED WHILE DRIVING. dEALER RESET COMPUTER"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Both strut mounts needed replacing"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car has become bouncy at all speeds. Dealer says nothing is wrong. I feel it is unsafe at highway speeds, especially in winter due to unpredictable body bounce and roll motions"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Was an issue that was under warranty which has been known about by the manufacturer and many mechanics. if not under warranty could have been a significant cost, enough to warrant getting rid of the vehicle"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"A nut was tightened incorrectly at the manufacturing- Chevy replaced the entire engine"

Julie H., AR (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Passenger Rear wheel bearing & rotors at 45000 miles Driver side Rear Wheel Bears ng replaced at 58000 miles"

P S., NY (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"Needed new rear drums"

Marla M., SD (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The engine light came on. There was nothing that seemed to be going on with vehicle. Took to dealer and they checked it and it was the O2. They fixed it the same day"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"After the long and very cold winter, I experienced fuel supply problems. The dealing fixed it by replacing certain items. It was covered by the warranty"

Robert C., PA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signal light bulb burned out"

A J., MD (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Warning lights for frontal, blind spots and lane departure often give false warnings resulting in UNSAFE conditions. I took it to the dealer for this and other problems. The dealer drove it for only 12 miles and claimed "operation normal.""

Robert D., GA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"within 30 days of buying brand new car...battery was leaking and nearly destroyed wiring harness.....dealer and GM refused to buy car back....replaced battery and harness....last GM product we will ever buy"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Vehicle is equipped with Stop-Start feature and it fails to work as designed most of the time"

Chris L., SC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Does not seal tightly. Trunk is letting in small amount of moisture"

Robert A., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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