2009 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: just so-so

2009 Chevrolet Malibu - Consumer Review

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LS Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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just so-so
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2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


The car is nothing special; many compare it to Camry - Camry is a so-so either; gas mileage is never better than 24MPG with 50% highway; city is 18-19 MPG; visibility problem with right turns - right side window column and the mirror block a great deal of view; poor body assembly - uneven gaps around hood, trunk, rear lights, rear fender; poor acceleration uphill from 70 MPH up - probably due to 4 speed transmission (the engine is OK); some radio knobs are less responsive than others; the steering wheel "clicker" that tuns off the turn light when a turn is complete misses 7 times out of 10; requires a lot of room for a U turn; trunk is big but its opening is small.

Best Features

Quiet, roomy and comfortable inside; one of the best seats I ever had; the basic stereo system nevertheless has a great sound quality; good ride; seems to be well assembled in terms of mechanics; with non-abusive driving needs to have oil changed just once 10,000 miles or so.

Worst Features

gas mileage, body assembly, maneuverability, visibility, transmission
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