2010 Chevrolet MalibuChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Ride quality
- Decent handling
- Distinctive styling
- Crash-test ratings
- Easy controls
- So-so cabin materials
- Rear visibility
- Small trunk opening
- Turning circle
- Weak four-cylinder
- Four-cylinder or V-6
- Standard automatic transmission
- Standard OnStar navigation service
- Three sets of child-seat anchors
- Power lumbar support now standard
Years after a dramatic redesign for 2008, some areas of the Malibu have stood the test of time, while others — the drab interior, the pokey four-cylinder — feel more Hertz than high-rent. Thanks to its blend of ride comfort and handling, the Malibu demands a look from shoppers, but much of the current generation's early praise was simply a product of its being a vast improvement over the old Malibu. It's time for GM to leapfrog the competition, not just itself.
The front-wheel-drive Malibu comes in four trims — entry-level LS, 1LT, 2LT and top-of-the-line LTZ. Stack them up here, or compare the 2010 and 2009 Malibu here. An automatic transmission and four-cylinder engine are standard. The 2LT and LTZ have an optional V-6; last year's Malibu Hybrid has been discontinued.
We tested a four-cylinder Malibu 1LT as part of an eight-car family-sedan shootout, and opinions about the Chevy's styling were mixed. Once lauded as bold and unabashedly American, some editors now declared the Malibu's two-bar grille and squared-off rear stale.
For the record, I'm not one of them. Lined up side-by-side, a lot of the front-runners in this segment bear patent similarities: some combination of thin headlights and widely stretched grilles. The Malibu looks unique — in a good way. Beware, though: The car's broad rear shoulders hamper driver visibility.
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Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. It competes with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Mother Proof's view
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Our view: 2010 Chevrolet Malibu
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Most reliable car for the price for me
I love this car. It was not my first choice but I was sold on the price. Since then I haven't looked back. It drives greats, it is comfortable for about 2 and half hours, then you may need to stretch ... Read full review
We bought ours with 20 K + now it has 90 k+ never had any major problems just the usual wear & tear issues. Has a nice ride ,safe 5 star , with 90 k it still looks good nothing torn, worn , they used ... Read full review