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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Space-efficient cabin offers plenty of room all around for four adults
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Five occupants fit inside the Malibu
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic leans toward the smallish side of the mid-size sedan segment, but that doesn't mean it's incapable of hauling its fair share of people and cargo in decent comfort.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic offers seating capacity for five, and Edmunds reviewers note that the "space-efficient cabin offers plenty of room all around for four adults." In the front seats, ConsumerGuide says that the "standard power seat-height adjuster" and "tilt/telescope steering wheel allow comfortable driving posture," while this 2008 Chevrolet's dimensions afford "good head and leg room for larger adults." Edmunds reports the "front seats are broad and comfortable, even on long trips," and the backseats offer additional comfortable seating capacity. With the backseats in use, Edmunds says that the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic "will easily accommodate five if your backseaters are children." ConsumerGuide disagrees somewhat, finding that a "low seat cushion forces awkward knees-up stance" and "taller adults may lack head room," but they praise the Chevrolet 2008 Malibu Classic's "adequate leg room."
Cargo space inside the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is average for the class, which is impressive considering that Car and Driver calls this 2008 Chevrolet a "smallish mid-size sedan." Cars.com reports that "the trunk holds 15.4 cubic feet of cargo," while extra space on the Chevrolet 2008 Malibu Classic can be achieved thanks to the "flat-folding front passenger seat and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat." Edmunds calls overall trunk capacity "respectable," though reviewers don't regard the cabin so kindly. The interior of this 2008 Chevrolet Malibu in 2007 clothes offers "unexceptional" interior storage, according to ConsumerGuide.
One area where the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic has trouble matching its competitors is in build quality, which is unimpressive according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Edmunds writes that the "materials quality is on the low end for the segment." Other reviewers agree, especially Car and Driver, which claims that this Chevrolet 2008 Malibu sports a "cheap-looking interior." ConsumerGuide adds that the "interior materials are visibly below Honda/Toyota level," but they moderate their criticism by saying that the materials "are serviceable and show good workmanship," though this sounds somewhat similar to the old "A for effort, F for execution" adage. While the materials quality may be poor, reviewers at AOL Autos are impressed by the "quality construction" on display in this 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.
One benefit of the high build quality exhibited by the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is that it does a superb job of hushing outside noises. ConsumerGuide in particular loves how "wind and road noise" are "well-muted" on this 2008 Chevrolet, and they add that the engines are "quiet enough at cruise."
As long as your expectations for interior materials are appropriately low, the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic matches its competitors in most other comfort categories.