2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. Base trim shown.

  • Combined MPG:
    20-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    217-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Energetic performance
  • Hatchback-style versatility
  • Modern design
  • Standard ABS and side curtain airbags

The Bad

  • Ordinary ride and handling
  • Old-fashioned overall feel
  • Backseat comfort
  • Lack of standout qualities

Notable Features of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

  • Choice of two V-6s
  • Sliding and reclining rear seat
  • Rear liftgate

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
In addition to redesigning its front-wheel-drive Malibu midsize sedan for 2004, Chevrolet launched an extended-length version called the Malibu Maxx. Billed by the automaker as an "extended sedan" with a rear liftgate, the Malibu Maxx holds a 3.5-liter V-6.

That engine receives variable valve timing for 2007, netting an 8 percent power increase. Other changes include newly standard side curtain airbags, which were previously installed only in uplevel models, and available turn-by-turn directions with GM's OnStar system.

Built on a wheelbase that's 6 inches longer than the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx is actually a half-inch shorter overall. Chevrolet promises the ride and handling qualities of a sedan, coupled with the interior versatility of a sport utility vehicle. At 22.8 cubic feet, cargo space is a major attraction. The space grows to 41 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded.

LS and LT models are available. An SS edition that features unique exterior and interior appointments, a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch wheels, a more direct steering system and a 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 joined the lineup last year.

An optional remote starter can fire the engine from up to 200 feet away.


Exterior
Like the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx is built on General Motors' global Epsilon architecture and has similar styling. Chevrolet says the rear window's angle within the lightweight aluminum liftgate makes the car's styling more lik...
Vehicle Overview
In addition to redesigning its front-wheel-drive Malibu midsize sedan for 2004, Chevrolet launched an extended-length version called the Malibu Maxx. Billed by the automaker as an "extended sedan" with a rear liftgate, the Malibu Maxx holds a 3.5-liter V-6.

That engine receives variable valve timing for 2007, netting an 8 percent power increase. Other changes include newly standard side curtain airbags, which were previously installed only in uplevel models, and available turn-by-turn directions with GM's OnStar system.

Built on a wheelbase that's 6 inches longer than the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx is actually a half-inch shorter overall. Chevrolet promises the ride and handling qualities of a sedan, coupled with the interior versatility of a sport utility vehicle. At 22.8 cubic feet, cargo space is a major attraction. The space grows to 41 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded.

LS and LT models are available. An SS edition that features unique exterior and interior appointments, a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch wheels, a more direct steering system and a 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 joined the lineup last year.

An optional remote starter can fire the engine from up to 200 feet away.


Exterior
Like the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx is built on General Motors' global Epsilon architecture and has similar styling. Chevrolet says the rear window's angle within the lightweight aluminum liftgate makes the car's styling more like a sedan than a wagon.

Mounted on a 112.3-inch wheelbase, the Malibu Maxx measures 187.8 inches long overall and stands 58.1 inches tall. Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires; SS versions get 18-inch tires.


Interior
Five people fit inside the Malibu Maxx, and the rear seat slides nearly 7 inches forward for added cargo room in back. That seat is split 60/40 in both the seatback and cushion portions. Power-adjustable pedals are standard in the LTZ and available in the LT. GM's OnStar communication system is also available, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel is standard. Heated front seats are standard in the LTZ.

A fixed glass skylight over the rear is intended to produce a spacious, open atmosphere for backseat occupants. Rear passengers have the option of opening or closing a split shade. Both rear seats and the front passenger seat fold flat. The rear cargo area includes a cargo panel with four positions for two-tier loading. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is available.


Under the Hood
Like upscale versions of the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx gets a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 217 hp and 217 pounds-feet of torque; that's a 16-hp increase over last year's engine. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. A 240-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 goes into the SS model.

Safety
Antilock brakes and traction control are standard. Front airbags now employ a passenger sensing system. Side curtain airbags that protect both front and rear occupants are standard across the line, and side-impact airbags for the front seats are installed in LTZ and SS models.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very reliable

by Mrdavis from New Orleans on January 17, 2018

This is the best Chevy car they made and last long compared to the Chevy impala I love impala but the transmission always mess up but the Malibu is better Read full review

(1.0)

Worst car ever

by Student from Wilmington, NC on September 15, 2014

I received this car as a gradation gift in '12. I've had it for two years now and I can honestly say I can't wait to get rid of it. Tons of mechanical failures; CD players, windows not rolling up, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu Maxx received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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