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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Dependable, Inexpensive Transportation by winstonthorne

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Reviewed: 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu?

Fuel economy

Gets about 26-27mpg in real-world driving - city commute of ~10mi one way. Great fuel economy for a bigger car.

Front seat support & comfort

I'm 6'5" and my wife is 5'0" - we can both drive this car comfortably.

Insurance cost

This thing was CHEAP, and the insurance rate is also inexpensive. Great value for your dollar.

Why Not the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu?

Powertrain performance

The 2.2L 4cyl engine, while great for gas mileage, is underpowered for such a large car. It's fine once I'm at cruising speed; however, I wish it worked a little better accelerating.

Handling

The Malibu drives like a boat. All American sedans "float" a bit, but I find the wallowing to be annoying in this car, particularly when compared to the nimbleness in the smaller Delta cars (like the HHR or the Cobalt) with the same motor.

Materials & workmanship

The interior is on an austerity plan, and the steering column makes click-thunk noises (a common issue on these cars). Also, the door locks failed (warranty issue...also common).

Conclusion

Good car for the money, but definitely a commodity item - nothing exciting.

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