The Chevrolet Malibu is a reliable, somewhat luxurious, and feature-heavy car that boasts some power and lots of value. With decent fuel economy and pricing, this is a good alternative to more expensive luxury models.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu LS
For 2000, Chevrolet redesigns the Malibu’s front end and wheels. The standard engine is now a 3.1-liter V-6, but Chevrolet also makes sure that the new engine produces lower emissions, which is a perk for increasing numbers of environmentally conscious buyers. Also in 2000, the Chevrolet Malibu comes in a gold package and has an available rear spoiler option.
The 2000 Chevrolet Malibu comes in eight standard color options, which include black, white, dark cherry metallic, dark jade green metallic, medium bronzemist metallic, navy blue metallic, sandrift metallic, and silvermist metallic. The tinted glass allows for privacy and a cooler interior. The 2000 Malibu sports alloy wheels and a 107-inch wheelbase with 15-inch wheels. The car’s total height is 56.7 inches, which makes clearance a non-issue. Powered exterior mirrors are easy to adjust on the fly. The newly-designed grille makes the Malibu slightly more stylish than previous models, but overall, this car sticks to a design between low price point and luxury.
Bucket seats come standard in the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu without any options for a front bench seat. The rear seats lay down flat for additional cargo room, and the trunk features a wide and low opening that allows for easy storage. Legroom is ample for front and rear seat passengers. Standard interior features include air-conditioning, a tilted steering wheel, and an AM/FM stereo. There are three colors for interior trim, including ebony, gray, and neutral. Other options include keyless entry, a rear window defroster, cruise control, powered windows, and an AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo system. The fake wood trim option may appear a little cheap.
Performance & Handling
With its new, standard 3.1-liter engine, the Malibu’s power has increased since previous models. The overall performance is nothing special, but there is plenty of acceleration. What’s more, driving provides no major issues. The overall ride is quiet on the road. The high-quality spark plugs and transmission fluid that never has to be changed or checked make this a low-maintenance choice with some luxury features at a fair price.
The 2000 Chevrolet Malibu comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and driver and passenger airbags. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu ""acceptable"" during the frontal offset testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test ratings are four out of five stars for the passenger test, four out of five stars for the driver test, two out of five stars for the side impact front test, and four stars for the side impact rear test. The NHTSA did not test for rollover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Malibu: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Low price with plenty of features
You Won't Like
- Lacking traction control
- Unnecessary styling changes
- Lacks some refinement
Touching on luxury for a fair price.
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