The Malibu is a midsize car made by Chevrolet. It was first introduced in 1964 and spanned four generations before being discontinued in 1983. The fifth generation was reintroduced in 1997, while the 2013 models marks the start of the eighth generation.
The first generation Malibu was the top-level Chevrolet Chevelle. This was equipped with modern features for the time and a big, powerful, V-8 engine.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-6
Transmissions: four speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Malibu LS sedan, Chevrolet Malibu LT sedan, Chevrolet Malibu LTZ sedan
For 2007, Chevrolet increased the Malibu’s engine options, improved the power steering, and offered an optional remote starter.
While Chevrolet has a lot to say about the Malibu’s exterior, the truth is it is very plain. Not until later models did it begin to achieve some style and unique appeal. The 2007 model features a slightly wider stance and adds body-color mirrors, rocker panels, and side moldings on the LT models. The Malibu LTZ model has a rear spoiler as well.
The 2007 Chevrolet Malibu’s interior is mostly low-quality on the standard models, but there are several available upgrades, including leather seating, heated front seats, power seats, automatic climate control, satellite radio, OnStar, and a navigation system. Controls for the radio and the cruise control can be placed on the steering wheel. The control cluster is within reach and easy to use. Overall, the 2007 Malibu is roomy for passengers and cargo. The car’s back seats fold down for additional space.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Chevrolet Malibu’s low-end engine demonstrates less than desirable acceleration, and even merging may be a bit of a struggle if the car weighed down. The bigger engine performs a little better, but it rates as midrange at best within its class. The Malibu’s handling is sluggish as well. On a positive note, the Malibu does offer a very comfortable ride, even at high speeds.
Some of the standard safety features on the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu traction control, side curtain airbags, and seat-mounted airbags on the LTZ and SS models. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is available, but not standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Malibu LS Fleet, LS, LT: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Malibu LTZ: 19/30 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Malibu SS: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Gas mileage
- Roomy interior
- Adjustable pedals available
- Standard side curtain airbags
You Won't Like
- Midrange quality
- Feels like an older vehicle
- Weak engine
- Slow acceleration
- ABS not standard on the four-cylinder
Built a reputation for being dependable and is suitable for the occasional driver.
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