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.
I'll stop back and get some pics Sunday.