2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Consumer Review: 2004 maxx a good step forward

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx - Consumer Review

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2004 maxx a good step forward
By kurt w on


2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


A nice translation of the SAAB "EPISLON" platform into a new USA Hatchback, the Maxx is a well executed "extended sedan" that is a good family hauler or freeway cruiser. It did well in crash tests, handles rough roads with aplomb, accelerates well without guzzling gas, and has better fit and finish than many more expensive cars. Some cheapness in the rear trim, a poor cruise control, seats that are too narrow in back, and other first year misses keep it from knocking off Honda or Toyota just yet. But probably one of the best medium size cars out there.

Best Features

Remote start, All seats move fore/aft, powerful heater/AC, compliant ride, Smooth transmission, good low end torque, Good if bassy sound system, clean engine layout, good fit and finish in front, quiet, good crash test ratings.

Worst Features

Chinzy rear trim (shades, hatch), Rear seats rattle against shock towers, Cruise control endlessly cycles on hills, Engine raspy near redline, no variable valve timing, Front seat wiring easilly damaged by feet, rear mirrors restrict vision.
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