New Malibu - First Impressions
By MIScouter on
Vehicle2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewPurchased this vehicle last week and
have put about 250 miles on the
odometer. Chevrolet may have a winner
here. Haven't considered a Chevy in 22
years, but it stacked up well against
the VW Passat, Honda Accord, and Mazda6
that we also considered. Pushrod V6
provides plenty of power (200 HP) and
lots of torque (220 ftlb). Loaded with
useful features and plenty of room (101
cu ft EPA passenger space). Averaging
over 22 MPG in mostly city driving so
far. Chevy's attempt at a "manu-matic"
shift lever needs work. 4th gear
cannot be selected in manual mode.
Best FeaturesFactory Installed Remote Starter Cost vs competition Folding front passenger seat Heated front seats
Worst FeaturesSmallish Instruments (especially tach) Quirky trans lever in manual mode
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