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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic vs. Its Competition

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic LT
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The Malibu Classic competes with value-priced sedans such as the base models of the new Chevrolet Malibu, G6, and Fusion, and with the top-of-the-line Kia Optima.

Each of these models drives and handles a bit better than the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic, and the new Malibu especially has impressive refinement and a stunning interior that feels elegant and upscale.

The Fusion's interior is quite stark, but with great handling, it's the choice for driving enthusiasts.

At the Malibu Classic's price, most competing vehicles come with less standard equipment, but they all offer something that the Malibu Classic does not: an economical four-cylinder engine.

Perhaps closest to the Malibu Classic's package is the Kia Optima V-6, which in top-of-the-line trim poses a similar value.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic LT2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid2009 Chevrolet Malibu2009 Ford Fusion2009 Ford Fusion2009 Pontiac G6 w/1SB2009 Pontiac G62008 Kia Optima 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LX Front Exterior View2008 Kia Optima
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The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is a good car, offered at a slight discount, but the new, redesigned '08 Malibu is much better.
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The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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The 2009 Pontiac G6 models have appealing styling inside and out, but they fail to wow in most other respects.
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The 2008 Kia Optima doesn't perform as well as other mid-size sedans, but its roomy package and generous features make it a strong practical choice.
MSRP From    
$20,320Browse Used Listings$21,605Browse Used Listings$19,035Browse Used Listings$19,275Browse Used Listings$16,755Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
MidsizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanCompactMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan LT4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan LT4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4dr Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualAutomaticManual w/OD
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