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Features Comparison: Chevrolet Impala vs. Chevrolet Malibu

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model Impala Impala Impala Impala Impala Malibu Malibu Malibu Malibu Malibu
Trim LS LS ECO LT LT ECO LTZ LS ECO LT 2LT LTZ
Engines (show)  
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
195 hp@6300
187 lb-ft@4400
             
2.4L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
182 hp@6700
172 lb-ft@4901
             
3.6L V6
OHV-2v
305 hp@6800
264 lb-ft@5200
               
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
196 hp@6300
186 lb-ft@4400
           
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
259 hp@5500
295 lb-ft@3000
               
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
Tires (show)  
235/50R18 tires        
245/45VR19 tires                
245/40VR20 tires                  
215/60R16 tires          
225/55HR17 tires                
245/40WR19 tires                  
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 100W, 6 speakers          
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)                
Unbranded, 6 speakers          
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)              
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.          
Active noise reductionCancels out interior noise by playing the opposite noise through the vehicle's speakers.          
Adaptive cruise control, all-speedAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Can bring vehicle to a complete stop then accelerate back up to set speed. Replaces regular adaptive cruise control, and includes its value.                  
Cruise control  
Heated steering wheel                  
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.            
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power                  
Tool kit          
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.          
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.                  
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.        
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                  
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.              
Knee airbag, driver
Knee airbag, passenger
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.        
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.        
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.                  
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.        
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.      
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.          
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat            
Cargo net
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.          
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.          
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.      
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.  
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.      
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.      
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.          
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.            
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.              
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.            
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.            
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.          
Surround sound                
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.  
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for audio system            
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Exterior (show)  
Active grille shuttersClose grille openings when not needed to reduce aerodynamic drag.              
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.            
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.                
Bright-finished mirror housings (optional)Chrome or aluminum mirrors. Only listed if optional or not standard on the base trim.          
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.
Paint, special black          
Paint, special red        
Paint, special white        
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.                
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.          
Sunroof            
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming driver-side mirrorDriver-side exterior mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.                  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.    
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.              
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.      
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.        
Large energy flow and fuel economy displayStandard or optional in some hybrid vehicles. Fancy display of power flows, enhanced trip computer information.                
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.            
Outside temperature display    
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.              
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights              
Speed limit informationDisplays the current speed limit. Included with nav on an increasing number of cars. No feature value here because incomplete info on availability.        
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.                
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.      
Engine-block heaterPlugs into electrical outlet to warm up the engine. Facilitates starting in extreme cold.  
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.          
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats                  
Door sill trim plates                  
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats        
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.            
Leather-wrapped steering wheel        
Memory system, driver seat              
Metal pedals          
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.        
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat    
Power recliner, driver seat  
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.        
Special interior trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.                
Synthetic suede insertsSeating surfaces are part cloth or vinyl, part synthetic suede.                
Upgraded floor mats              
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels    
Machined alloy wheelsOuter surface of alloy wheels machines to yield a bright finish. Replace and include value of reqular alloy wheels.                  
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.            

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Option Package Contents

Convenience Package

Features
Obstacle detection, rear

Convenience Package

Features
Obstacle detection, rear

Premium Audio and Sport Wheels Package

Features
Interior ambient lighting
245/45VR19 tires

Premium Audio Package

Features
AC power outlet
Surround sound
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)

Navigation Package

Features
Speed limit information
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Voice control for nav and audio

Convenience Package

Features
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Obstacle detection, rear

Advanced Safety Package

Features
Forward collision alert
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Premium Seating Package

Features
Synthetic suede inserts

Navigation Package

Features
Speed limit information
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Voice control for nav and audio

Convenience Package

Features
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Obstacle detection, rear

Advanced Safety Package

Features
Forward collision alert
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Premium Seating Package

Features
Synthetic suede inserts

Premium Audio Package

Features
AC power outlet
Surround sound
Bose, 11 speakers (with subwoofer)

Adaptive cruise control

Features
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed
Automatic braking, high-speed

Comfort and Convenience Package

Features
Heated steering wheel
Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
Panoramic sunroof
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Memory system, driver seat

Convenience Package

Features
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Upgraded floor mats
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Obstacle detection, rear

Navigation Package

Features
Speed limit information
Navigation system
Voice control for nav and audio
Voice control for nav and audio

Protection Package

Features
Floor mats
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Universal garage door opener
Rearview camera
AC power outlet
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Advanced Safety Package

Features
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Forward collision alert

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Leather Package

Features
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

Power Convenience Package

Features
Bodyside moldings
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Rearview camera
Cargo net
225/55HR17 tires

Crystal Red Premium Package

Features
Paint, special red

White Diamond Premium Package

Features
Paint, special white

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Universal garage door opener
Rearview camera
AC power outlet
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Advanced Safety Package

Features
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Forward collision alert

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Cargo net
Bodyside moldings

Leather Package

Features
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seat
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seat

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
245/40WR19 tires

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Universal garage door opener
Rearview camera
AC power outlet
Mirror tilt-down in reverse
Pioneer, 9 speakers (with subwoofer)

Premium Package

Features
Xenon HID headlights
Memory system, driver seat
Proximity key

Advanced Safety Package

Features
Lane departure warning system
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection
Forward collision alert

Electronics and Entertainment Package

Features
Sunroof

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Available Features: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 182-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Leather package option, well-designed dash and steering wheel controls (essentially same as Regal). Reasonably-priced nav package includes terrific Pioneer sound system, Bluetooth, memory seats and mirrors, express up/down windows