2004 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: Sometimes, surprises are good

2004 Chevrolet Malibu - Consumer Review

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LS Sedan (3.5L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Sometimes, surprises are good things.
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2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


I was in the market for a mid-size sedan last summer, as my previous car had become unbearable uncomfortable - I'm 6'1, and I used to drive a Corolla. Now, my Malibu is nowhere near as good on city MPG (19 as opposed to 26), but it also has an engine twice the size and weighs 600lbs more. The highway is a different matter, though; I average 31MPG when I cruise at 70-75MPH in my Malibu. That is phenomenal for a big V6...my old Corolla got 37, but was pushed around by the wind. The power around town is good, though. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat for a student's first car, or anyone who wants some comfort.

Best Features

Sharp enough to pass for a Euro, highway MPG, power steering.

Worst Features

Relocate the trunk release, tint the window more, a standard 16/60R wheel setup would look sharper.
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