Test Drive of the Week: 2008 Chevy Malibu
I love Test Drive of the Week! It’s such a great way for me to give a detailed description of my hands-on experience.
The 2008 Chevy Malibu in White
Estimated 22 MPG city, 30 highway
Vehicle Highlights: Quite a few actually! The 3.6L V6 engine has a lot of power and great acceleration, especially on the highway; the big, open windshield provides great visibility (great for new drivers); and the air conditioner gets cold, incredibly fast.
Vehicle Lowlights: Doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles – definitely an easy-to-use family vehicle.
For what appears to be a small car, the Malibu is beyond spacious. Both front seats have sheer suede reclining seat backs, and provide have ample amount of leg and seat space. Both seats are heated. The backseat provides room for passengers to stretch out and be comfortable. New Car Test Drive said it “…has the size, room, features and conveniences a family sedan needs. The rear seats are roomy. Fit and finish inside and out are world-class. We think the Malibu stands up well to the best in its class…”
As an observer of fancy gadgets and gizmos, I really liked the radio. That seems like a very generic statement to make, I know, but it was so neat! The radio is all digital and comes with MP3 playback seek-and-scan, a digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack. XM Satellite radio is also available. A compartment for sunglasses sits at the top of the dashboard as well.
The steering wheel allows the driver to change the radio station, change the volume level of the radio, and allows for Bluetooth access. (Psst…it’s very user-friendly!)
The console has also been updated since the 2007 model. It provides a driver information center, with driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display, trip odometer and programmable menu functions
Cup holders are available under the door’s armrest, which is a very clever way of stopping spills. No more worrying about knocking over a cup with an elbow, or someone accidentally hitting it while getting in and out of the car.
If you are looking for a car that has a lot of trunk space…I think we have found your match. I was blown away by how much space there was! There is space along the side with a cargo net, allowing for objects that need to be separate from others (toolboxes, groceries, etc.)
And then if you fold the backseat down…you get even MORE room.
I am convinced the 2008 Chevy Malibu is a great choice for any kind of driver. This is a great car for any occasion and makes an ideal family or school vehicle. The Malibu comes with eight air bags and a Passenger Sensing system. It also includes a LATCH system for child safety seats.