|Midsize car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $9,800 – $19,500*|
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Front
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Rear
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Interior
2008 Chevrolet Malibu Profile
Chevrolet took Malibu from the realm of rental-fleet darling to a must-see in this highly competitive segment. This midsize sedan stands out for its refined powertrains and smart interior design, as well as value pricing when new. We especially like the smooth, quiet four-cylinder engine and the frugal Hybrid. Malibu holds its own when compared to midsize-class sales leaders: The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Add it to your test-drive list.
Chevrolet’s Malibu was redesigned for 2008 with new styling, more available power, and added safety features. This model was smaller than Chevrolet’s other front-wheel-drive midsize sedan, the Impala. Malibu continued to share its basic design with the Pontiac G6, Saturn Aura, and Saab 9-3. The 2008 Malibu was six inches longer in wheelbase, and three inches longer overall, than the 2007 sedan. The Malibu Maxx hatchback, which rode a longer wheelbase, was dropped as the new model emerged.
Three trim levels were offered: LS, LT, and LTZ. Arriving later in the model year was a gasoline/electric Hybrid model. LS and LT sedans had a standard 169-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed automatic for the four-cylinder arrived later in the model year. Optional on the LT and standard on LTZ was a 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder engine was a no-cost option for LTZ. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system (new for 2008), curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Principal competitors included the Honda Accord, Mazda 6, and Toyota Camry.
The Malibu Hybrid combined Chevrolet’s four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor. The sole transmission was a four-speed automatic. The Hybrid system could turn off the gasoline engine while at a stop, but the car could not accelerate solely on electric power. No plug-in charging was required.
Little changed on the Malibu for the 2009 model year, though power-adjustable pedals were no longer offered. GM’s OnStar 8.0 system had new Bluetooth capability. A six-speed automatic transmission for the four-cylinder engine was available for the LT model and standard on the LTZ. All models had a standard four-cylinder engine, with a 3.6-liter V6 optional for LT and LTZ.
The gas/electric Hybrid model was no longer available for retail sale in 2010, though it was still offered to fleets. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine was now capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel. Otherwise, there were few changes for 2010.
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu came only with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
There were no changes of note to the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the last model year of this generation.