Blending European styling and American tradition, the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu is available in three trim levels: the base level, the LS, and the LT. Although still conservative in style, it has a certain appeal. Buyers can choose between two engines, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6, both paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu LS, Chevrolet Malibu LT
The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redone. The midsize sedan received an entirely new chassis and a V-6 that is much more powerful. It also improved its safety features with adjustable pedals and side-curtain airbags.
Chevrolet calls the process of blending corporate heritage with a European influence ""expressive styling."" The front fascia features the gold bowtie emblem and a chrome front bar. The Malibu is Chevrolet's first vehicle to exhibit the company's next-generation family look. It has a wider stance than previous models, with a 106.3-inch wheelbase and 188.3-inch overall length. Height and width have increased slightly. The Base and LS models ride on 15-inch tires, and the LT comes with 16-inch tires. The LS features aluminum wheels.
The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu can seat five. It has a front passenger seat that folds flat, and a fold-down 60/40-split rear seat. Buyers can opt for heated leather seats with Ultra Lux inserts. A ""personalized fit package"" tailors the driver's seat position, steering wheel, and pedals to their ideal comfort. Additionally, this package includes a height-adjustable power driver's seat, an adjustable brake pedal, an adjustable accelerator pedal, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The adjustable pedals are standard in the LS and LT models, and are available as an option on the base model. Another nice touch is the addition of front and rear reading lights in the headliner of the LS and LT sedans. An XM Satellite radio system is one of four available radio equipment levels. Integrated into the radio display is an information system that permits electrical feature personalization and presents more than fifteen warning messages. Overall, the cabin has the simple monochromatic design, but the revamped interior style, form, and function speak to the Malibu’s European influence. The LS is well equipped for only a bit more money.
Performance & Handling
Responsiveness and good cornering define the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, although steering is vague and the suspension a bit soft. The overall effect is a balanced vehicle that will appeal to the traditional Chevrolet buyer and the import driver that Chevy hopes to attract. The base 2004 Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with a 145-horsepower (hp), 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine. A 3.5-liter V-6 is standard for the LS and LT models and optional for the base model, and cranks out 200 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. All models are equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and dual-stage front airbags. Head curtain side-impact airbags are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Malibu: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Malibu LS: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Malibu LT: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Balanced ride and handling
- Generous passenger and cargo space
- Remote start feature
You Won't Like
- Plain Jane interior
- No manual transmission available
Is well-equipped at an affordable price with ample interior space.
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