By Cars.com EditorsApril 20, 2010
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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.
<v Narrator>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for Cars.com. With me, the 2010 Chevy Malibu, a car Chevy introduced in late 2007 to widespread accolade from the media and strong popularity among car shoppers.
It's been a few years, and the Malibu styling, I think, has worn over well. It still manages to marry good ride comfort with pretty good handling actually, but competitors have moved ahead among the family sedan class and Chevy needs to do some things, especially on the inside to keep the Malibu competitive. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, but the cabin really hasn't aged all that well. A number of editors referenced the abundance of kind of cheap, hard plastics everywhere, and certain areas where you're going to regularly touch, like the center arm rest and the door armrests really don't have enough padding. This was also one of the only cars we evaluated that was missing a lot of things, like an overhead sunglass holder, a center arm rest for rear passengers, stuff like that. We spent the week evaluating the Malibu against seven other popular family sedans. It's four-cylinder drive train and six speed automatic transmission combined for an impressive VPA rate at 22 miles per gallon city, and 33 miles per gallon highway, but this drive train feels the most encumbered by the weight of the car. You don't have as much passing power as you do in, for example, a Suzuki Kizashi or a Nissan Altima. Those cars feel a little bit quicker off the line and on the highway. That said, the Malibu gets high marks for ride comfort. Over sections of grooved pavement, highway expansion joints, Perhaps only the Toyota Camry is really in this league. Encounter some curvy roads, and the Malibu also handles more engagingly than you might think. Not a bad combination. Cargo volume is a competitive 15.1 cubic feet, but as you can see, the opening for the trunk here is pretty small, especially compared to a lot of other family cars. Much bigger openings in those, you'll have an easier time fitting large suitcases, things from Costco, into some of them. Reliability for the current generation Malibu has been pretty good overall, but the starting price is starting to creep up to almost $22,000 now. That's a lot of money for a car that comes up short on interior quality and four-cylinder power. I think if Chevy can right the ship on those two issues though, Malibu could be back in the game. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog Kickingtires.net.