On the inside, reviewers note that the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is large and comfortable. Materials quality is better than generally expected from GM.
The Chevrolet Malibu has pretty good legroom in both rows, thanks to a wheelbase lengthened by a few inches in 2008. 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." "Front and rear seat passengers will have little to complain about in terms of ride quality," Edmunds reports.
Inside, there are plenty of compliments for the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Road & Track rejoices: "Gone is the hard plastic rental-car look." The interior has plenty of storage, according to some reviews, but others claim that storage is merely passable in the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. MotherProof is a fan, noting that the Malibu's "center console [is] large enough to store my purse."
GM has taken great pains to make the Malibu quiet and free of vibration. 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 effect on the smoothness of ride. Edmunds notes that additional sound-damping 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.
TheCarConnection.com's editors conclude that overall, 2009's Malibu has a very well-designed cabin, with an attractive instrument panel and materials that are pleasing to the touch. Front seats are among the most comfortable in the mid-size sedan class, and the backseat is quite roomy.