By Holly R.
- Decent mileage
- Acceleration is reasonable at speed
- Pretty stylish looking
- Looks roomy
- XM® Satellite Radio
- OnStar (Standard for ONE YEAR)
- Not a lot of storage in the main cabin
- Battery takes up too much room when the seats are folded down for trunk over-spill
- Little noise reduction (despite what’s advertised)
- The switch from gas engine to battery mode and back again is not seamless
- The mileage was decent, but not what I’d expect from a hybrid (some non-hybrid cars get better mileage)
The 2008 Malibu Hybrid is a really sharp-looking sedan. The car’s lines are really nice and it actually looks like it has a decent amount of room. I was excited to drive it, and compare it to the only other hybrid I’ve driven – a Prius. Plus, the Malibu was voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year.
I didn’t expect the vehicle to have much in the way of “bling” or horsepower. But I honestly thought that it was a decent ride. Definitely not plush, but not a rough ride either. It was somewhere in the middle. The most impressive thing about the ride was its stability. I’ve driven a Prius in the wind and rain, and was absolutely terrified. I’d give the Malibu a much-higher rating for stability at any speed. I felt very safe, and very stable in this car.
The seats and trunk seemed a bit flimsy. I had to be extra firm when closing the trunk, else it didn’t latch. Even though I felt the seats were a bit flimsy, they made up for it with the fact that they were reasonably comfortable. The doors seemed very light and wispy, but I didn’t have any issues in closing them. The windows rolled up and down easily, but the soundproofing was sub-par. It was noisy in there! Bottles rattled in the bottle holders, as the holders seemed a bit big for a standard water bottle.
(Continued on page 2 – Interior Comfort | Performance | Handling)
(Continued on page 3 – Styling | Value | Conclusion and Ratings )