2009 Chevrolet Malibu Features

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Features

Most reviewers agree that the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu offers a pretty good selection of features at a reasonable price.

Three models grace the Malibu lineup at Chevrolet: 2009 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 tail lamps and interior ambient lighting. For 2009, Bluetooth is newly offered as part of the revamped OnStar system. A premium audio package gives you access to a six-CD changer and an auxiliary MP3 jack.

The addition of Bluetooth capability now means that the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has everything most shoppers look for—except a screen-based nav system.

Speaking of the OnStar system, its navigation features brings mixed reviews. 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 are 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 to OnStar, but after that the owner must pay a fee for the service.

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