A-List Rides: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo

I remember being in Detroit at the Auto Show when the Chevrolet Malibu was named Car of The Year. It was 2008 and General Motors was in the midst of the government bailout. While most of the executives were sad because they had to take an understated approach to rolling out their new vehicles, the Malibu winning Car of The Year offered them a glimmer of hope that this vehicle would help them drive out of the challenged financial state.

Well the Chevy Malibu has evolved so much since 2008 and the 2014 is completely redesigned and re-engineered. A contemporary, sleek look, the 2014 model offers a smooth ride and responsive handling. It’s a comfortable vehicle, as I think the designers at GM really put great emphasis on cabin comfort.

This midsize sedan is easy on your pockets. It has an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, and 37 mpg on the highway. The car has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 260-horsepower. I found the drive fast with strong acceleration and smooth on the bend.

A spacious vehicle, I picked up some friends in the Malibu Turbo and they were immediately impressed by the car. As we drove to brunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant in downtown DC, they friends were amazed by the offerings the Malibu had with its affordable price tag. You can fit four people comfortably in the Malibu, and there’s plenty of trunk space for large luggage or in our case, bags of leftover food.

The Malibu Turbo is an attractive sedan, balancing an elegant feel with practical presentation. It’s available in other trims, so you can either upgrade or downgrade the accessories and additional bells and whistles Chevy offers with it.

As far as safety is concerned, the Malibu’s stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle. It also has anti-lock brakes, Front and side impact airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and other safety options. There’s also OnStar.

Most standard entertainment offers – USB port, Bluetooth phone sync, terrestrial and satellite radio – are included.

Spin Control: You can’t go wrong with the Chevy Malibu. It’s a car that could work for a variety of people with a variety of needs and with its price range of $22,00 to $30,000, its pretty much a bargain.

Industry Status: Grade A

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