Power200 @ 5,400 rpm
Transmission4-spd auto w/OD
MPG22 City / 30 HWY
Market Price (Fair)$4,560 - $5,610
WarrantyGM TOTAL Warranty 36 months/36,000 miles
parts made in the USA
Final Assembly Point: Fairfax, KS
2005 Chevrolet Malibu MAXX LS 4dr Wagon OverviewThe Chevrolet Malibu was launched to compete with the mid-size imports from Japan.Like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction, and buttoned-down practicality wrapped in innocuous if not anonymous styling.
The driving performance of the Malibu exceeded our expectations.We were surprised by the acceleration performance from the V6 and delighted by the crispness of handling on winding roads.It feels firmer than the Camry, but softer than the Accord, a good balance, in other words.Malibu's solid structure is based on GM's new Epsilon platform used by a couple of highly successful European sedans.Along with its compliant suspension, this gives the Malibu a smooth, comfortable ride, yet allows for spirited driving.This is no mush-mobile.Steering effort is light at low speeds, so the Malibu is easy to maneuver through crowded parking lots and park.
The cabin offers roomy accommodations for five passengers with comfortable seats and logical controls that are easy to use.It's quiet underway.And you can start the car remotely, a great feature on cold, winter mornings.No question, this is a highly competent sedan that's practical and easy to live with.
Where the Malibu needs work is in the appearance department.Introduced as an all-new model for 2004, the Malibu is better looking than the plain-looking previous model, but it's no raving beauty.That silver band across the front is designed to clearly identify this as a Chevy, but it won't go down in history as a great design.
The Malibu has something the imports don't: the Maxx.Maxx is a longer-wheelbase variant, whose extended roofline and rear cargo hatch suggest a sporty station wagon.While Malibu seems destined to disappear into a crowd, Maxx looks just as determined to stand out and be noticed.
Starting at just a hair under $19,000 and topping out below $25,000, Malibu base prices are extremely competitive with the prices of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, which can approach $30,000 with options.The previous Malibu ranked tops in the midsize car class in the J.D.Power Initial Quality Surveys for two consecutive years; we expect the 2005 model to offer quality construction.!!.
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