Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 18, 2007


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. 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.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Chevrolet Malibu LS, Malibu 1LT, Malibu 2LT, Malibu LT, Malibu Hybrid
Engines:169-hp 2.4-liter I4l 252-hp 3.6-liter V6; 164-hp 2.4-liter I4 hybrid with electric motors
Transmissions: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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Kansas City, Kansas
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevrolet Malibu 2LT sedan ($26,090)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):3.6-liter V6 engine ($2060), metallic paint ($295); power sunroof ($800); rear accessory power outlets ($250)
Destination charge:$650
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$26040
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):252 @ 6300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):251 @ 3200
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/26 mpg
Wheelbase:112.3 in.
Length/width/height:191.8/70.3/57.1 in.
Track, f/r:59.6/60.0 in.
Turning circle:40.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.4/53.0/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.2/52.1/37.6 in.
Cargo volume:15.1 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, four-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3649 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity:16.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 18, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-392-3673 -