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    Riffle drives the outgoing Malibu

    Getting my oil changed recently at the Chevy dealership in town, I decided to take a spin in a 2010 Chevy Malibu. I've liked the look of the car since it came out, and I was curious about how it drove. This particular example was a mocha brown low-trim level ex-rental with the 2.4l 4 cylinder engine and approximately 35,000 on the clock.

    While I could have had my choice of quite a few brand spanking new Malibus, I wanted to get a feel for how it would stand up over time. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the car didn't have a single squeak or rattle, in stark contrast to nearly every GM I've driven in the past. My other thoughts:

    -Road noise is hushed quite well. Engine noise was present, but not intrusive.
    -Ride and handling are just about perfect imo. Our rather short route took us along a few roads in poor shape and the car soaked up the bumps well, without feeling floaty. Curves weren't an issue either.
    -It felt rather underpowered. My Taurus with Ford's 165hp Vulcan V6 feels faster than the Malibu. The Malibu should make up for it in fuel economy, so I wouldn't call it a dealbreaker. Of course there is always the v6 too.
    -While still comfortable, the Malibu felt surprisingly narrow inside.
    -Visibility was much better than I expected for a newer car.
    -The trunk is quite large, but oddly has a rather small opening.

    Anywho, it was a short test drive so there's not much else I have to say. I'm very impressed with the Malibu, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming model (despite the strange interior changes).

    My rating system:

    Would I buy this car? Yes.

    I would like to drive a Camry to compare the two. Not that interested in bothering salesmen though.


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    Re: Riffle drives the outgoing Malibu

    thanks for the review and the leasing deals are so strong on this vehicle over the past year....I test drove one too and was debating if I should lease the malibu or buy snow tires...since the cost of ownership of either was about the same..

    I thought it was a nice vehicle.....and good looking too.
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    I got a great deal on mine, so I leased it. If you're in the market for a Malibu, the V6 is the way to go, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    I got a great deal on mine, so I leased it. If you're in the market for a Malibu, the V6 is the way to go, IMHO.
    Agreed, for me lack of a V6 is a deal breaker.. which means for 2013, the only GM FWD sedan I would even consider is the La Crosse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Agreed, for me lack of a V6 is a deal breaker.. which means for 2013, the only GM FWD sedan I would even consider is the La Crosse...

    And the new Impala which is coming in 2094.

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    Yeah, I went to Dallas and back August (to attend Quakecon 2011). The Taurus did well, but loaded up with 2 people, their stuff for a week, a desktop computer, and some boxes to take to the GF's sister on the way back it was a dog. I turned the ac off going through the near-mountainous areas of Missouri (way too hot to go without AC for any long periods of time). I shudder to think of how the 4-banger Malibu I drove would've done.

    That's a rare situation though. I'm sure the 4 cylinder Malibu would serve me just fine. I do possibly have a significant pay increase coming...

    But I'm not interested in a car payment right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Riffle View Post
    Yeah, I went to Dallas and back August (to attend Quakecon 2011). The Taurus did well, but loaded up with 2 people, their stuff for a week, a desktop computer, and some boxes to take to the GF's sister on the way back it was a dog. I turned the ac off going through the near-mountainous areas of Missouri (way too hot to go without AC for any long periods of time). I shudder to think of how the 4-banger Malibu I drove would've done.

    That's a rare situation though. I'm sure the 4 cylinder Malibu would serve me just fine. I do possibly have a significant pay increase coming...

    But I'm not interested in a car payment right now.
    This is something very few people ever seem to consider with today's 4 cylinder only engine lineups. Sure they feel adequate most of the time with one or two people aboard going on flat levels roads. But with the A/C blasting, a full trunk and 3-4 passengers many of the 4 cylinder cars fall flat on there faces when trying to pass on a two lane road or worse going up steep grades. I had a rental Equinox AWD with the base 2.4 and it felt peppy enough in normal driving. Loaded up with the A/C roaring on a hot day made passing very risky and it would not maintain speed up anything other than a slight hill. Long grades were painful and the engine was roaring it's head off. This is where V6's and lots of torque can't be beat.

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    That's true, but there's always the option of renting a vehicle when you need, too. Next year we'll probably take the van.

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    Re: Riffle drives the outgoing Malibu

    Agreed with a lot of what you said. Mine just hit 30k not to long ago.
    My father has a 2003 Taurus with the Vulcan, and he says the same thing, despite the 2.4 has more HP.
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    I like them, on my 6th one now, had 2 2004, a 2005, a 2006 SS MAXX and now my 2010 4 banger oh 5 I guess.....

    liked them all, the SS Maxx the most, but I like the 4 banger for the milage, its a solid car
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchoman49 View Post
    This is something very few people ever seem to consider with today's 4 cylinder only engine lineups. Sure they feel adequate most of the time with one or two people aboard going on flat levels roads. But with the A/C blasting, a full trunk and 3-4 passengers many of the 4 cylinder cars fall flat on there faces when trying to pass on a two lane road or worse going up steep grades. I had a rental Equinox AWD with the base 2.4 and it felt peppy enough in normal driving. Loaded up with the A/C roaring on a hot day made passing very risky and it would not maintain speed up anything other than a slight hill. Long grades were painful and the engine was roaring it's head off. This is where V6's and lots of torque can't be beat.
    that is what the manual button is for on the side.....

    a Nox would have a 6 speed and are quite peppy, so I find htis story hard to beleive, but either way drop to manual down shift and go

    I load my bu up with kids, luggage, whatever, and it maintains 140kmph quite nicely driving to Vancouver, and that is thru the rockies so it cant be that bad
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    Re: Riffle drives the outgoing Malibu

    I love my Malibu. I just love looking at it in a parking lot. It has such a classy design and beautiful lines! This car made me fall in love with Chevy cars for the first time. I really dislike the new interior design of the new Malibu, so hopefully my 2011 will last awhile!

    Thanks for the write-up Riffle!
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    My only major issue with the Malibu is that I think it's a little floaty, particularly at low speeds. A parking lot is interesting to navigate if you're not used to driving it. The 169 horses do just fine, matching pretty comparably with my Saturn V6's 182, and with WAY better gas mileage. Rearward visibility is kinda poor, especially if you're shorter (not a problem for me, but it is for my grandmother). The car is well built, and nicely appointed for a good price. I dunno why you'd opt for the 6; it's not worth the extra $$$ IMO.

    The Equinox is a whole different animal. I'd probably prefer the 6 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Other Guy View Post
    My only major issue with the Malibu is that I think it's a little floaty, particularly at low speeds. A parking lot is interesting to navigate if you're not used to driving it. The 169 horses do just fine, matching pretty comparably with my Saturn V6's 182, and with WAY better gas mileage. Rearward visibility is kinda poor, especially if you're shorter (not a problem for me, but it is for my grandmother). The car is well built, and nicely appointed for a good price. I dunno why you'd opt for the 6; it's not worth the extra $$$ IMO.

    The Equinox is a whole different animal. I'd probably prefer the 6 for it.

    If GM had put the 2.4L and 3.6L DI engines in the Malibu, it would have been class leading for sure. Regarding the "float", it depends on which one you drive. Mine has 18" wheels, and I think they nailed ride quality with them. The 'Bu's with 17" wheels are a little floaty, so I agree. Regarding the V6 in the Malibu... it's well worth it. Nearly the same mileage (remember where the torque is) with a better aural experience and refining. The V6 is a must, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    If GM had put the 2.4L and 3.6L DI engines in the Malibu, it would have been class leading for sure. Regarding the "float", it depends on which one you drive. Mine has 18" wheels, and I think they nailed ride quality with them. The 'Bu's with 17" wheels are a little floaty, so I agree. Regarding the V6 in the Malibu... it's well worth it. Nearly the same mileage (remember where the torque is) with a better aural experience and refining. The V6 is a must, IMHO.
    The one I've driven is the LTZ with 18 inchers. It's got a very nice ride, but it tends to feel disconnected from the road sometimes IMO.

    I haven't driven the V6, though I think the 4 does quite a nice job; even with 4 adults in it and AC blasting it seems to have plenty of juice. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than the 6.
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