I absolutely love my Chev Malibu. My last 3 car's were compact style cars, so when I rode as a passenger with friends in their Malibu, I enjoyed the comfort and style. When I went I test drive multiple cars when searching for a new used car, I tried several cars before driving the Malibu and they just didn't have the fit & feel. I test drove the Malibu, and the fit was perfect. All of the features I was looking for were there plus many others, including the air bags, spacious interior seating and trunk cargo area. The ride is great, and the car drives like a dream!
I've had this car for one month and I find it to be a great vehicle and a great value. I really wanted to keep buying American and this car has satisfied my needs for comfort, performance and fuel economy. This Maxx hatchback is a good design and is a practical alternative to an SUV. My needs were for a four passenger vehicle with rear seat legroom and carrying capacity for boxes and small cabinets for sales presentations. The rear seats fold flat and with the hatch back configuration there is plenty of cargo storage. I can actually put a 10' 2 x 4 in the car, resting it on the dashboard and close the back lid! Another nice feature that is hardly mentioned is the fold-flat front passenger seat. When in this position it forms a table that you can set your laptop, paperwork or lunch on, when parked of course. The rear seat leg room is plentiful and because it's a hatchback the rear seats recline which is nice. There is a rear seat sunroof with retractable shades that makes the back area feel even more roomy. A rear deck platform can be positioned in multiple ways to cover up your cargo or be stored out of the way when you don't need it but, the coolest thing is the way it converts to an extended table for tailgating or a place to set things at a flea market. The engine has plenty of pep and can get you merged on to the highway confidently. I can't understand why more Americans haven't embraced this vehicle because I find it completely practical and loaded with features and you can pick up a used one for much less than a Japanese sedan. It's a shame that Chevy discontinued the Maxx line when they redesigned the Malibu for 2008. All praise aside, I wish the ride was a little smoother over the bumps and a little quieter.
I purchased the Chevy Malibu in March of 09 and absolutely love it. I was looking for a vehicle that wasn't going to drain me dry like my truck was but at the same time be sporty and a little on the young look. The car has a V-6 engine and has enough power when need. I am quite pleased with performance of the engine, the sound of the radio, and the room inside. I would definitely recommend this car for anyone at any age looking for something that is good with gas mileage and for something that is appealing to anyone's style of sedan.