2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT 2.5 DOHC 16-valve I-4, alum block/head, direct F/I from North America
This car is awesome. After much research and test driving, I settled on the Malibu with no regrets. The interior layout is great. I like the dash (gauges) and the "Mylink" system is fairly straightforward and easy to use. The front seats are comfortable even during prolonged driving. Handling is very good, as well in winter driving conditions. People often comment on the excellent ride and how quiet the car is.
The Ecotec 2.5 litre DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection has 197 HP and 191 ft/lbs of torque with a 6 speed auto with manual shift mode that has plenty of power for passing, It doesn't hit the speed governor until 210 km/h or 130 mph (I did this only once on a secluded straight stretch of road) and it didn't take it all day to get there. The engine also has the auto stop feature, which shuts the engine off at traffic lights to save on fuel and emissions. There is a lithium battery located in the trunk to power the accessories while the engine is stopped. When you lift your foot off the brake, the engine restarts away you go. It's not even noticeable unless you have the radio down and the window open... only then do you hear the car restart.
Lots of trunk space; much improved over the previous gen Malibu.
Averaged 36.5 MPG/US gal on one trip and have no problem reaching 35 MPG on trips in good weather, and have been getting 24-25 MPG/US gal in city traffic. I live in a small city so you're not held up in traffic for prolonged periods very often.
This is one of the more enjoyable cars I've owned... it's not a rocket sled, but just an all around good car that I like to get in and drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2015