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STYLING | 5 out of 10
Bland interior design and materials
Other badging was eliminated for a cleaner appearance
a better-than-average chassis in a forgettable wrapper
Car and Driver
The styling of the Chevrolet Malibu that debuted in 2004 wasn't very exciting at the time, and now that the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic has to compete with a redesigned Chevrolet 2008 Malibu, the design seems even blander.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com largely pan the exterior styling of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic. Car and Driver is first on the critique list, calling the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic a "mid-size sedan that has a better-than-average chassis in a forgettable wrapper." AOL Autos reports that the "one trim" of this Chevrolet 2008 Malibu features "quiet styling," which comes across as "boring." Cars.com tries to salvage some of this 2008 Chevrolet's styling cachet by saying that it "blends corporate heritage with European influence," but other reviewers aren't buying it. Cars.com describes some of the exterior elements of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu in Classic trim as "a chrome front bar and a gold bow tie emblem," while also noting that "other badging was eliminated for a cleaner appearance." Despite the aging styling, Edmunds feels that "if having the latest version of something isn't important to you, then the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic could be a good choice."
The interior of this Chevrolet 2008 Malibu Classic doesn't fare particularly well with reviewers either, as it comes across as boring and uninspired more than anything else. Edmunds reviewers lament the "bland interior design" on the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic, which they say is far inferior to the "vastly different, vastly improved new Malibu." Perhaps the most telling feature about the interior styling of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is how little attention it receives in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. However, among the few critical reviews, there are a couple of positives to be gleaned. Most notably, ConsumerGuide says that this Chevrolet 2008 Malibu boasts "large, legible gauges and conveniently located, clearly marked audio and climate controls."
Buying a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is like shopping at a discount retailer; you'll save quite a bit, but you won't be sporting the latest and greatest fashions.