2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Review
The Car You Want This Year
The General has unleashed all the artillery to win each battle, and hopefully the war, in preserving its utmost supremacy in the car world. Many new models in General Motors' multiple nameplate lineup are hitting the road, combining hybrid and flex-fuel technologies, and even testing hydrogen concepts. We are also seeing a lot of influence from the European division; the Opel model, for example, is being incorporated into the U.S. contributions for Saturn with the Aura and the Astra.
There is an edgy, dynamic look to the car, and its proportions are well-balanced with plenty of room in both the front and back seats. Our tester was the top-of-the-line LTZ with a peppy V6 engine coupled with paddle shifts. It won’t be the winner of the skid pad competition, but for the overall legal daily driving experience, and then some, the Malibu will do. We were extremely surprised by the luxurious and, at the same time, sporty interior trim. The wood trim came with incorporated surround lights as well as multi-toned and textured leather seats. The Malibu will have a more conservative insurance premium than an import. It is packed with value (base LS models start at $19,995) making it the car you will want this year.
Read a review of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan LTZ
Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile Roadside Assistance Program.