2014 Chevrolet Malibu vs. Its Competition

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Chevrolet Malibu entered the market last year redesigned, yet not quite up to snuff with a competitive set that for the most part offered better interior space, quicker acceleration, higher fuel economy, or more dazzling infotainment features--and sometimes all of those things combined.

With a host of changes for 2014, we'll see if Chevy can catch up.

The new Nissan Altima is a formidable piece of work, rated at 38 mpg highway in base trim, and offered with a powerful V-6.

It's no longer as sporty, but its CVT is better than ever, and so are its front seats and ride quality.

The Sonata and Optima are twins under the skin, with similar turbo and hybrid drivetrains on offer; they're the most audacious-looking vehicles in the segment, and have strong value in all versions but especially in base trim.

The Ford Fusion has won our Best Car To Buy award as much for its styling and handling as for its trio of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid version.

The latest Toyota Camry really doesn't advance the argument that it should be the best-selling car in America, but it is, as much due to its reputation for longevity as for its smooth, unremarkable performance and its high-economy Hybrid companion.

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Quick Specs
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Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space.
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The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
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The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
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The 2014 Toyota Camry may not be as attractive as some of its competitors, but it's now more than ever the most sensible choice for shoppers focused on value, frugality and comfort above all else.
MSRP From     
$22,340$21,970$21,450$21,500$22,170$22,235
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (SE) *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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