Chevy's Malibu is popular for its combination of comfort, quietness, practicality and affordability. This is Chevy's five-passenger family centerpiece. It has to compete with the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the best-selling cars in America, but the Malibu makes a good account of itself among mid-size cars. Chevrolet sold more than 218,500 of them last year.
The Malibu provides a good account of itself on the road, with good power and handling. More power is on tap for 2000 as a new V6 engine comes on all models. The 2000 Malibu is distinguished by freshened appearance.
The Malibu comes in two trim lines, base and LS. Both come standard with a 3.1-liter V6 engine that replaces last year's 3.1-liter V6 of a different design.
The base model ($16,445) offers a respectable line of standard equipment features: air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, 4-speed automatic transmission, rear-seat child security locks, tilt steering column and tachometer.
LS ($19,215) comes with a nicer cloth interior. It also comes standard with a lot of equipment we take for granted nowadays: power windows/door locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, electronic speed control, AM/FM/CD/cassette and split, fold-down rear seats.