2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review – Chevy's New Hybrid Sedan

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While the turning radius wasn’t superb, everything else about the Malibu was fine. It handled itself well at 35 mph, 65 mph and pretty much anything in between. I wouldn’t classify it as nimble, but I also wouldn’t classify it as a bus. It’s snugly in between. As I noted earlier, I felt the car would be able to handle itself fine in rain, wind, etc. I don’t know about SNOW, but it felt like it could take the elements and still continue handling as well as it does on dry pavement.

The Malibu is simple, yet sharp. Clean lines, a nice grill, sleek lines. It looked nice from every angle. I really couldn’t find any flaws in the exterior of the car. Everything blended nicely into the next section. The headlamps FIT the car. The bumpers blended nicely. The wheels even fit the overall look of the automobile. I remember the Malibu of days long gone, and while it was a sweet-looking muscle car, it later morphed into some pretty ugly incarnations. This latest version reflects the sedans of today, looking very similar to the Saturn Aura (or the Aura looks similar to the Malibu). Consider them distant cousins as they are both built upon the same chassis (this also includes the Pontiac G6).

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Overall, the car is a decent value for the money. $25k buys you a stable vehicle, which gets decent mileage, looks good, and is a hybrid. You can feel good about your purchase! As for safety, the Malibu I tested has a 5-star frontal and side-impact crash rating, six standard air bags, standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes and traction control. Additionally, the “Driver Information Center” offers 34 vehicle function messages (such as oil life, tire pressure, fuel range, with the addition of 10 additional personalization settings) all viewable in the main dashboard area (along with current mileage, odometer, etc.).

While there were some things I really liked about this car, there were a lot more things I didn’t like. If American auto makers really want to compete, they need to start building in some of the conveniences offered by their competition. It wouldn’t cost more to create a bit more storage space in the cabin, or a bit smaller visor so the driver’s vision wasn’t impaired. It’s the small things that sell a car, and Chevrolet has a bit of catching up to do, even though they truly are on the right track. A few more years of development work and they can have something that works really well AND offers all the conveniences that a buyer demands. Let’s hope they listen…

Who should buy one?
Someone who is interested in buying an American hybrid, and interested in saving money, since the Malibu is a better deal (savings of about $2,000) over both the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Nissan Altima Hybrid. Not to mention the Malibu is really easy on the eyes.

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  • Chevy Hybrid says:

    Malibu is good car and save my money to buy fuel.

  • Bud park says:

    I own the Mailbu hybrid and I think for the money it is a good car. I took it on a trip last week end and averaged 35 Mpg. I get 26 in town.Over all for not being a full hybrid I think GM has done a good job.The 09 model will get 26 in the city and 34 on the highway. That is 2 cents worth.

  • HollyR says:

    OMG, Bob, you’re right. I swore I put the MPG in the review, but I forgot it. Point taken.

    The Malibu got 28.5 mpg while I was driving it. The mileage is decent, given the mileage of most standard cars on the road today. But I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get the mileage up into the 30′s. I’m pretty easy on the gas pedal, and this was the best I could do…

  • Bob says:

    Did I miss something here? What about fuel economy? This is a hybrid right? You don’t mention anything about the biggest topic most potential hybrid drivers consider. Instead, you focus on cupholders, CD holders and trunk space.

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