2008 Chevrolet Malibu

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53 reviews
Available Price Range $4,580-$11,580 Trims4 Combined MPG 21-26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take

No matter when you look, it seems a new or redesigned midsize sedan is always being introduced. Toyota's popular Camry was overhauled for 2007, and before that Ford introduced the Fusion. This... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No manual transmission

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2008
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available two-tone dashboard
  • Six-speed automatic includes paddle shifters
  • Optional four-piece moonroof


Our Expert Reviews

There's a Lot to Like About the '08 MalibuOverviewI hadn't had an opportunity to test-drive a Chevy in my MotherProof.com career before the 2008 Malibu, and I must say that it really won me over. I enjoyed my test drive more than I expected to, because this is a pretty great car for a mom. It takes a lot for me to really love a car, and while I'm not totally in love with the... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 53 reviews

My first NEW car

by Liz from Kansas on April 8, 2011

The first car I ever purchased new was the 2008 Chevy Malibu LT. Originally, I wanted a Honda Accord, but as soon as I sat in the Malibu, I was in love. The remote start and heated leather seats seale... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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