My take away. All of GM's sweeping gauge needles at start up are far too slow.
Cool car and way better than any Accord/Camry/Hyundai/Kia.
I really like it in white with those wheels.
I like it. I don't understand what the big deal is about the back seat. As I drive around, rarely do I see people in the back seat in most cars. Realisticly, most cars have only one or two people in them for most of the time or if there are more than two it is most likely kids in the back seat. It isn't very often I see 4+ adults in a car. So if my seat of the pants statistics are good, what's the big deal people are a little cramped for the 2% of the time there are four adults in the car?????
Has anyone ever seen statistics of passengers per vehicle?
White is a very good color for this car, though I prefer the performance, feel, and styling of the Kia Optima turbo.
The texturing of the dashboard is ugly, almost as bad as Chrysler's "tortoise shell" used on the 2005 300C.
Nice car overall.
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Nice looking car and nice interior. I think the problem with it is that it is like a toned down executive car instead of a family hauler.
As the test driver noted, they might be better served if they stretch it a pinch. Since they are doing a refresh this fall, I expect the 2014 model to be vastly improved for family comforts.
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1987 Chevrolet Silverado 10 (retired 11/12/2007; 219,986 mi.)
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1986 Lincoln Mercury Lynx (64K mi.)
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Good review of the Malibu. Nice to see some objectivity and tolerance for some of it's deficits. I still hope the 2014 make over tidies things up a bit inside and on the nose of which I think looks too blunt at some angles, and has too much grille going on.
In reference to the review, I really enjoy Tom's reviews. He doesn't seem to have any biases come through when he's giving his thoughts and opinions. And, he seems to have a well-rounded knowledge about what caused certain short-comings, i.e. the shorter wheelbase & the fact that Malibu is a "world" car.
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Very good and straight forward review. Love the looks of the car, and it definitely looked great driving around in this video. I do like the up level LTZ more though.
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LWB is the only way for this car to be best in class. Chevrolet needs to bite the bullet and do an LWB
I like it. I am not too crazy about how that strip on the dashboard looks during the day, but at least it illuminates nice at night. Glad to hear the turbo delivers.
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