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Chevrolet Malibu

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Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu has a nice ride, quiet and comfortable cabin



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.2 i 16V 147 hp 8.7 l/100km Petrol 11 s 175 km/h
3.5 i V6 12V 203 hp 9.4 l/100km Petrol 8 s 200 km/h
3.5 i V6 12V 217 hp ? Petrol ? ?
3.9 i V6 SS 240 hp ? Petrol ? ?

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 783 mm
Width 1 775 mm
Height 1 461 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance 155 mm
Weight (normal) 1 470 kg
Weight (max) kg
Boot space (min) 436 l
Boot space (max) 436 l
Fuel capacity 63 l

 

   The Chevrolet Malibu was produced between 2004 and 2007. It was available as sedan or Malibu Maxx station wagon with a longer wheelbase. In 2008 it was replaced with the new model.

 The base 2.2-liter engine performance is greatly effected by the Malibu's weight. The 3.5-liter petrol unit delivers over 200 hp and is very smooth. However car could have a better top speed, considering the engine displacement. This engine was later replaced by another 3.5-liter unit, delivering 217 hp. The new 3.9-liter V6 comes on the SS model only. It is coupled to a sport-shift automatic gearbox, while other models come with a four-speed automatic transmission.

   The Chevrolet Malibu is based on the same platform used by Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3. A compliant suspension gives the Malibu smooth and comfortable ride, yet allows for spirited driving. Steering is light at low speeds, making this car easy to maneuver, but at motorway speeds it gives less assistance for better steering feel. It also handles well on winding roads. The SS model features a stiffer suspension, which transmits some harshness into the cabin.

   The Chevrolet Malibu is extremely competitive with the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry, because of it's price.

   The first impression about the Malibu's interior is that it's a more expensive car than it really is. But it is a tricky feeling. Some parts inside are made from high quality materials, yet other plastics are hard and cheap. Fit and finish could be better, as there are some gaps and flashes between the joints. Also internal styling looks like it is gathered from here and there, but not well integrated. In general interior of the Chevrolet Malibu is not on the same league as Honda's or Toyota's.

   Most of the controls are laid out logically and easy to use, but you can't say that about the stereo and information system. A number of oddment spaces are located all-round the car.

   Driver's position is comfortable enough, but the seat could be deeper and more supportive. Seat and the steering wheel have both-way adjustments. Unfortunately triangularly shaped outside mirrors could be larger for a more informative rearward vision.

   The cabin easily accommodates four adults with plenty of head- and legroom. Also the rear seats recline for better comfort. The rear seats split 60/40 while the front passenger seat folds flat in all but the SS models. The Malibu Maxx has a longer wheelbase and is taller than the sedan. It has increased space for the rear passengers at a cost of shortened boot.

   Safety features on the Chevrolet Malibu include dual-stage front airbags and side airbags. Front and rear seat curtain airbags are standard on the top-spec trims, but optional on the entry-level models, as well as the anti-lock brakes.

   The Chevrolet Malibu sedan is available in four trim levels, while the Malibu Maxx in three. These are the LS, LT, LTZ and SS. Standard equipment on all trim levels include an air conditioning, drivers power-adjusted seat, electric windows and mirrors and a CD player. The LT trim adds cruise control, remote starter and keyless entry and an upgraded stereo. The LTZ trim comes with leather upholstery, heated seats and mirrors, alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The most expensive SS trim comes with leather-appointed sports seats and power-adjustable pedals.

 

   Advantages: Nice ride, quiet and comfortable cabin.

   Disadvantages: Electronic stability control is not available. Anti-lock brakes are not standard on the cheaper models. Automatic gearbox only.

   Verdict: Practical but with annoying styling.

   Also consider: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry.

 

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