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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
comes to market with standard features like satellite radio, OnStar
features are all very nice
New York Times
It can compete on features for the price
The Auto Channel
When it comes to features, you'll find more for less with the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.
Fortune has the figures on the Chevrolet; 2008’s Malibu includes XM Satellite Radio and the OnStar navigation and alert system for almost $300 less than the Camry and a whopping $2,300 less than the Honda Accord.
TheCarConnection.com notes that the Malibu should sell for an average of $2,000 less than similarly equipped vehicles in the same class. If you order the Premium Audio Package, you'll get a six-CD changer and auxiliary MP3 jack as well.
Not all the reviews that TheCarConnection.com read are equally enamored of the OnStar turn-by-turn navigation feature, which is standard on every Malibu. Edmunds believes that GM made a mistake by not offering an actual navigation system. Their drivers report that the OnStar feature would not even function at first; eventually, it did, but the drivers were not impressed with the turn-by-turn navigation, which is a poor substitute for the map-based systems on most of today's vehicles. The Malibu includes a one-year subscription, but after that the owner must pay a fee for the service.
Three models grace the Malibu lineup at Chevrolet: 2008 brings the base LS, midrange LT, and luxury-laden LTZ. The LS includes power accessories, keyless entry, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, while LTZ models get plenty of noteworthy features such as remote start, automatic climate control, a universal remote, and power-adjustable pedals, plus a number of appearance extras like LED taillamps and interior ambient lighting. Bluetooth is not offered.
You'll either love or hate the OnStar navigation feature, but the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu has plenty of other gadgets and niceties to please technophiles, unless we’re talking about Bluetooth.