2005 Chevrolet Malibu

  • 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      145/155
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,200
  • 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/220
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,265
  • 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/220
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,060
  • 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/220
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,465
  • 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/220
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,610
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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Review

An ideal combination of affordability, space, and features.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Midsize family sedans are some of the most popular and widely available vehicles in the market. This class has the special ability to mix the right amount of fuel efficiency, capable handling, and decent interior space. This combination makes an ideal family car or for even a younger driver who carries around multiple friends. As these vehicles are so popular and well loved, there are multiple selections from a number of quality car manufacturers. Yet, for the past several years, the easy and quick pick for such a car was the Chevrolet Malibu.

The 2005 Chevrolet Malibu is still a great choice for someone wanting an affordable vehicle with a conservative style, decent reliability, and sturdy drivability. With the redesign of the Malibu in 2004, the car sought to gain a more broad-based appeal. The exterior of this new design of the sixth generation Malibu is meant to be enduring. It is overall fresh yet moderate in its style. The interior room is certainly substantial for a midsize car. The technological features are nice, but the overall interior is a bit bland. Handling is efficient, and brakes are functional for day-to-day driving; however, the brakes can be slow to the job for quick, urgent stops. The driving dynamics are very suitable for consumers who make few extreme demands on their cars.

The Range

Body styles: Midsize 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

What's New

Since the Chevrolet Malibu was only just redesigned in 2004 for the sixth generation, the 2005 Malibu model actually carries over without any substantial changes. The only real alteration is that the optional side curtain airbag now includes front-seat side-impact airbags.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu is relatively standard with nothing that really stands out from the crowd of other midsize cars. The style was meant to be enduring so a consumer would be able to drive it for many years without the appearance being too dated. The overall look is to fit into the mass of vehicles for years to come. The gentle swept back curves of the car are simple, yet aerodynamically functional. With headlights that flare at the ends, the look of the front is pleasing to the eye without being too funky. The five-spoke wheels add a modern twist to the car without being too prominent.

Interior

Functionality is the primary philosophy of the 2005 Malibu interior. The flat, broad seats offer plenty of space for passengers sitting in both the front and the back in terms of headroom, legroom, and shoulder-room. The optional feature of adjustable pedals in complement with a standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel allows drivers off all shapes and sizes to comfortably fit in the driver's seat. Trunk space is very impressive, as well as generous, with 15.4 cubic feet. Expanded cargo space can be supplied by a 60/40-split rear seat and even a fold-flat front-passenger seat. The control layout is very straightforward to let even distracted drivers act on intuition. However, many people might find the design to be boring or bland. The real wonder of the 2005 Malibu is an optional element, which allows owners to remotely start the car in addition to getting a jump start on heating or cooling the cabin.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Malibu Base and Malibu LS are powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, which can produce 144 horsepower. The LT model gets a boost in the form of a 3.5-liter V-6 that brings in 200 horsepower. Both of these engines are controlled by a four-speed automatic transmission as no other transmission option is available.

Safety

Safety is a key feature of all 2005 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. There are numerous available safety elements such as daytime running lights, seatbelt pretensioners, rear seat head restraint, and a combination lap and shoulder seatbelt for the rear-center seat. In terms of airbags, there is a standard front airbag and optional side curtain airbags. Front-seat side-impact airbags for the side curtain airbag optional package is new for the 2005 model.

EPA Fuel Economy

2005 Chevrolet Malibu: 21/32 mpg city/highway
2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS: 20/29 mpg city/highway
2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Smooth ride
  • Plenty of convenience features

You Won't Like

  • Stiff steering
  • No manual transmission option

Sum Up

An ideal combination of affordability, space, and features.

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