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Minor changes for Chevrolet's major player include the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission on 1LT trims, E85 compatibility on the 2.4-liter engine and a driver's side power lumbar support replacing the manual lumbar support on all models.
Minor changes for Chevrolet's major new player include standard StabiliTrak stability control on all trims, improvements to the Hybrid model's fuel efficiency and the addition of Bluetooth capability to the standard OnStar 8.0. A six-speed automatic is now standard on four-cylinder LTZ models.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu---which shares GM's global mid-size platform with the Saturn Aura, Saab 9-3 and same-size German Opels---offers a stiff, solid, quiet-riding structure and precise build quality. More than three inches longer than the 2007 Malibu sedan, and on a six inch-longer wheelbase, its added length and wheels-at-the-corners stance simultaneously enhances its appearance, handling and interior roominess.
Chevy's mid-size Malibu, like most GM passenger cars, suffered corporate neglect in the 1990s and early 2000s as customers---and the company's engineering attention and budget---increasingly shifted toward trucks and SUVs. Still, the plain-looking previous Malibu has drawn kudos as a solid, reliable, high-value contender and has sold fairly well. This new one, though, vaults Chevrolet straight to the top of the mid-size sedan game. It looks wonderful, is solidly built and carefully crafted inside and out, offers good fuel economy, drives wonderfully and is priced to sell in serious volumes. There is even an affordable "mild" hybrid version that performs better than the base four-cylinder car and gets two miles-per-gallon better economy.
By ticner58 (IN) on Monday, January 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Style, Chevy My-Link Ease of Use, Ride, Quiet"
Cons: "Goodyear Tires, No spare Tire"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I don't quite understand some of the negative reviews of the 2013 Malibu, especially from someone that doesn't own one. I have a Eco with the 2SA option and added the sunroof and black granite paint as the only options. This allowed me to get everything that I wanted without having to spend extra on things I didn't want. Try that with a Camry. Yes it does take some time getting used to the start/stop engine, regenerative braking and the way the car captures energy to help the powertrain, but I knew that when I bought it. My dealer even let me drive one for a day (140 Miles) before I purchased. Same with the smaller trunk and rear seat legroom, do your homework or just do what we do, move the front seat up a couple of inches. We have yet to have anybody complain that has set back there. I have also yet to have anybody say that they are disappointed. As a matter of fact, we have gotten quite a few compliments from strangers. For some reason this car looks better sitting by itself, than grouped together with others on a dealers lot. My favorite feature is the Chevy My-Link and the ease of using all of the features it offers, especially the bluetooth. The ability to remote start this vehicle from my phone is a plus, especially here in the north during winter. The ride is pretty quiet, maybe not as good as our Enclave, but not far behind. My biggest dislike are the Goodyear Assurance tires. These tires can be noisy on certain types of pavement and that does take some of the driving enjoyment out of it at times. I know the tires are for fuel mileage, but GM surely could have done a little better here. Mileage has lived up to it's billing and is even better than advertised for us. The new Malibu may not be right for everybody, but it has suited us perfectly for what we wanted and needed in a car."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By psymed (AL) on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Quiet, performance, economy, ride, handling,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned many, many cars. Not always a GM fan. Said I would never buy a new car again! Then I found the Malibu! Bought the Eco version. I haven't been in a car this quiet, over all kinds of road surfaces, since I went on a trip in my friend's Rolls Royce in the 70's! The Malibu is an incredible value platform. The upscale versions of this car are the Buick and Cadillac. This Malibu is the better choice for the money."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Andy (WA) on Friday, August 17, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Solid/Safe/Fun to drive/ My Link radio"
Cons: "2.0L Turbo engine is not available yet"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have been in the car business for years, sold and owned Toyotas, Hondas, Jeeps, Chevrolets, Fords, GMCs, Chrysler, and Land Rover. Never have I been in a vehicle that was this quiet, felt this solid, and had the ammenities that were this easy to use. The My Link stereo with bluetooth streaming Pandora/stitcher radio is easy to use unlike the Sync system in the Ford products. This vehicle gets good mileage for the size vehicle it is, it is 2" wider than the previous body style Malibu. The standard 10 airbags, traction control and stabilitrak gives you peace of mind knowing that in case of an accident you will be safer than a Camry, Accord, Hyundai, or Fusion. It is officially the quietest vehicle EVER produced by Chevrolet. The technology isn't just up to date but extremely user friendly making the overall driving experience of the vehicle a good one. The price point of this vehicle in comparison to something with similiar quality such as an Audi, Bmw, low end Mercedes should make this a hot vehicle! I would recommend this vehicle to everyone looking for a solid, safe , fuel saving sedan with a great warranty which is also transferable unlike the Ford powertrain warranty along with Onstar, roadside assistance and so much more. There is so many positives about this vehicle. I was reading the previous reviews about this vehicle and was a little surprised and thought it to be unfortunate. I love my Malibu, and when it is time to trade it in. I have no doubt I will trade it in on another new body style Malibu and hopefully with the new 2.0L Turbo engine!!! You have to test drive this vehicle and compare to the camry, tap the roof and hear how tinny the car sounds v.s this solid Malibu. This vehicle is projected to take 15% of low end BMW sales!"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful