The all-new Chevrolet Malibu has all the size, room, features and conveniences a middle-of-the-market sedan needs to be competitive, and the fits and finishes inside and out are world-class. They have indeed built a car we can't ignore. We think the new Chevy Malibu stands up well to the best in its class, including the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report after test driving Malibu models around Memphis and down into Mississippi; with Mitch McCullough reporting on the Malibu LTZ from Los Angeles.
169-hp 2.4-liter I4l 252-hp 3.6-liter V6; 164-hp 2.4-liter I4 hybrid with electric motors
4-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control
Safety equipment (optional):
Stabilitrak electronic stability control
3 years/36,000 miles
Kansas City, Kansas
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Chevrolet Malibu 2LT sedan ($26,090)
air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, console, cruise control, floor shift, fog lamps, AM/FM/CD sound system
Options as tested (MSRP):
3.6-liter V6 engine ($2060), metallic paint ($295); power sunroof ($800); rear accessory power outlets ($250)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
252 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
251 @ 3200
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.1 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
independent, four-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 29, 2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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