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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Understated, simple, and functional
Car and Driver
Quiet is abundant
“Easy to slide in and out”
“Gone is the hard plastic rental-car look”
Road & Track
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu offers a large, comfortable interior with high-quality materials, a major success for General Motors.
There's nothing fancy here, according to Car and Driver, but the materials are of decent quality. Road & Track rejoices: "Gone is the hard plastic rental-car look." The interior has plenty of storage; MotherProof.com notes the Malibu’s “center console [is] large enough to store my purse.”
The Chevrolet Malibu for 2008 has substantially more legroom in both rows, thanks to a wheelbase that is a half-foot longer than last year. "Front and rear seat passengers will have little to complain about in terms of ride quality," Edmunds reports. Cars.com says, “the modestly contoured cloth seats were easy to slide in and out of when entering the car. The materials also seem to be better than previous models.”
GM has taken great pains to make the Malibu quiet and free of vibration, Edmunds adds; measures include specially laminated window glass, acoustic insulation and composite liners for the wheel wells, and a "tighter" firewall to prevent engine noise from being heard in the passenger cabin.
Special engine mounts in the Malibu go a long way toward preventing excess vibrations from affecting passenger comfort; while ConsumerGuide notices some bumps in the road, their reviewers acknowledge that the different tires used on the various models may have no small affect on the smoothness of ride.
TheCarConnection.com’s editors have observed a range of Malibus, some with the jazzy two-tone interior offered this year. There’s been a sea change at Chevrolet; 2008’s Malibu has a very well-designed cabin, with an attractive instrument panel and materials that are pleasing to the touch. Front seats were among the most comfortable in the mid-size sedan class, and the backseat is quite roomy.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu has a well-trimmed cabin, with plenty of room for adults.