2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Chevrolet Malibu - Road Test Specs

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

(3.6L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleLTZ 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$26,995
Options on test vehicleRear Power Package ($250)
As-tested MSRP$27,245


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeTransverse V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564 cc (217cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum /aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2:1
Redline (rpm)6,900
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)252 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)251 @ 3,200
Transmission type6-speed automatic with manual mode and steering-wheel-mounted shifters
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I - 4.48I - 4.48, II - 2.87, III - 1.84, IV - 1.41, V - 1.00, VI - 0.74, final drive - 2.77 II - 2.87, III - 1.84, IV - 1.41, V - 1.00, VI - 0.74, final drive - 2.77


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeRack and pinion with hydaulic power assist
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS2
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP225/50R18 94T
Tire size, rearP225/50R18 94T
Wheel size18 inches
Wheel materialSpun cast aluminum
Brakes, front11.7-inch ventilated discs, single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.9-inch solid discs, single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph (sec.)9.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 92.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)44
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAt wide-open throttle, this engine sounds like it's working, which isn't bad. There's ample pull to go with the sensation, but in Drive, it shifts before redline. Manual shifting yields same acceleration as Drive.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsSoft brake pedal, but short stopping distance. Noticeable pitch and yaw under heavy braking.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Feels typically GM. Big tires with less info and feedback through the steering than I'd like. Very respectable lateral grip for its class. Slalom: Long wheelbase makes the Malibu stable in transitional tests. It has good body control and being able to hold a gear through slalom gives precise throttle control.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)70.1
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.5 combined over 2,582 miles (worst 12.7, best 27.0)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,649
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,643
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.2/38.8
Length (in.)191.8
Width (in.)70.3
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)112.3
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)60.0
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect pressure measurement with position indicator and real-time tire pressure display
Emergency assistance systemCellular-based automatic crash notification
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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