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STYLING | 9 out of 10
good-looking new sedan
Sleek styling, attractive interiors
Car and Driver
fine-drawn and harmonious design
Los Angeles Times
more expressive styling
sleek, sophisticated...looks like a more expensive car
The Auto Channel
Reviewers from around the Internet like the styling of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, outside and in.
The Los Angeles Times considers it a "major improvement over the previous-generation Malibu, which looked like it was styled on an Etch-a-Sketch by blindfolded barbers," adding that its "average" styling may in fact be a good thing. Edmunds agrees, noting that “the car is smoothly handsome and free of styling gimmicks, which bodes well for its long-term appeal. And it has none of the self-conscious oddness of recent Honda and Toyota designs.”
"Unpretentious" may be another good adjective. The Washington Post applauds Chevrolet; 2008’s Malibu looks good "without trying to be something that it isn't." Automobile states that what makes this 2008 Chevrolet Malibu a "star" is "substance, not appearance." Cars.com thinks that “Chevrolet finally has done its job on styling.”
One interesting feature of the Malibu is a "trapped" hood fitting. Instead of closing over the grille the way hoods have for the past 60 years or so, the hood fits into an opening, giving the vehicle a look that The Auto Channel describes as a "sleek" and "sophisticated."
Inside, Cars.com notes that “Interior styling is much better than anything other than the Saturn Aura in General Motors' family sedan lineup.” They also feel that the “two-tone gray interior…looks modern while reflecting some dash designs from the late 1950s and early '60s.” Edmunds observes that “two-tone interior treatments help lift the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu's cabin into the premium class,” and believes that “only the [Honda] Accord's interior really stands clearly above the Malibu's effort.”
TheCarConnection.com’s team of car experts has spent several weeks with the new Malibu, and we think its very handsome, attractive styling inside and out give the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu a more upscale appearance. The interior trim isn’t quite up to Honda’s gold standard, but with the Chevrolet, 2008’s two-tone interior treatments are truly novel and give buyers a real reason to choose the latest GM family sedan over the more established Japanese titans.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu appeals to a whole new generation with clean lines and handsome shapes.