The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will be arriving this fall to dealerships and it will be the first midsize sedan sold in the United States to offer fuel-saving stop/start technology on their base model as a standard feature. The 2014 Malibu has an EPA estimated 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway which is a 14 percent improvement in city fuel economy. It starts at $22,965 which includes the $825 destination charge but doesn’t include the title, tax, dealer fees or license.
The stop/start technology helps customer conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop. The engine will restart as the driver takes their foot off the brake. During engine restarts, an auxiliary 12-colt batter powers electric accessories like the heating and air conditioning, radio and power windows.
Todd Pawlik, Malibu chief engineer, said “The key was to apply the knowledge we gained from our eAssist technology. By leveraging knowledge from the stop/start system we use on eAssist, we were able to significantly improve city fuel ratings by 3 mpg, or 14 percent on Malibu’s entry-level 2.5-liter model, compared to the 2013 model.”