By W.C. on
2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
If I had to pick one word to describe this car, it would be “bittersweet”. The sweet is the European look, from Opel designers in Russelsheim Germany. The 5 star NHTSA Ratings and many standard safety features. The price also compares well with other vehicles in the same class. The bitter comes from the engine’s lack of low end torque coupled to a transmission that is constantly down shifting to maintain traffic speed. On hills, it is not uncommon to have sudden downshifts to second, then third gear, sending the engine to high revolutions, which drops fuel economy to city driving rate or lower. I don't believe the Korean 6 speed would be any better.
I love the look of this car, and the solid feel and handling, and the price was reasonable. It was manufactured in the Kansas City USA.
Improve engine and transmission to provide more torque to lug hills at speed limits of 45 to 55 mph. Constant down shifting is rough, wastes fuel, and makes driving unpleasant, Keep the jobs in the USA and forget about use of Korean transmissions.