New Car Review 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS

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Chevy’s Malibu in a class of its own.

A medium-sized vehicle is useful for carrying combinations of people and cargo, but rising gasoline prices and low SUV economy ratings that can be expensive to operate.

Is there solution, especially if you don’t four-wheel drive or extra clearance? Indeed there is. called the Chevrolet Malibu Based on the all-new 2004 sedan, but with a wheelbase six inches, Chevy calls the «a five-door extended With its sloping rear it’s not quite a wagon.

hatchback stretch limo,

Like the new Malibu sedan, the is based on GM’s new front-wheel «Epsilon» platform, also by the Saab 9-3 and Opel Vectra. stronger and more rigid the platform used for the old Malibu, and translates to improved ride and characteristics and lower noise Power is from GM Powertrain’s new V6, an extensive development of the proven engine.

Two well-equipped trim LS and LT, are offered.

I’ve just spent a with an LS-level Maxx. not the top model, it’s comprehensively and as comfortable as any other mid-sized But it has a few things no other car has, an incredibly versatile seating that allows all of the functionality of an

For the dual-service passenger and cargo use is a necessity for many Americans, plus good power, car ride and handling, and excellent economy (25 mpg average, 30+ on the highway) put Malibu Maxx in a class of its

APPEARANCE: From the windshield the Maxx is the same as the new Malibu with a front face by bright multi-element headlights plastic fairings and a massive-looking crossbar decorated with the bowtie logo across the

Behind the windshield, the Maxx is very different. It’s a hatchback, with a sloped and short rear deck, but the wheelbase gives it a proportion any hatchback ever made. says it’s styled to its looks for a long time, and rings true. It has a somewhat appearance, with roots in styling concepts, yet it looks

The Chevy bowtie is a giveaway to its origin, but with an Opel or grille it could easily for a European import.

COMFORT: If there was a car designed and built for the seat passengers, the Maxx is it. its regular sedan sibling, the interior is plain and unpretentious a grille-matching horizontal chrome bar at across the instrument panel the interior flash. The LS has high-quality on the seats and textured plastic on the dash and door panels.

gaps are tighter than before, for high fit and finish The front buckets are as comfortable and as any in the midsize sedan class. The seat is power-adjustable, and power-adjustable and a manually-adjustable steering wheel a safe, comfortable seating attainable for nearly any size Instrumentation is protected from and very legible, the controls are and easy to use, and there are of useful storage spaces and two points in the front seat But behind that is where the really shines.

The rear bench is, typically for a sedan, contoured for two and adequate for for shorter periods. And it’s 60/40, but with a difference. the seat backs and cushions are so each side may independently be seven inches fore and and each seat back may be separately. Since the rear unlike the driver, can safely be by the scenery, they also are to an interesting skylight panel.

heater vents and high-airflow front air conditioning vents the rear climate comfortable.

it comes time to carry the Maxx makes like an The sloped rear window may a little potential space in to a wagon, but there is still more than is a typical sedan even with the seats in passenger position. And helped by a moveable horizontal that doubles as a cargo Each side of the rear folds flat separately, as the front passenger seat.

All load surfaces are made of hard plastic, and long such as kayak paddles, or downspout material up to nine long fit easily.

SAFETY: High-strength steel a protective structure around the cabin, helped in the event of by front and rear crumple Dual-stage front airbags and disc brakes are standard on all head-curtain side airbags are

ROADABILITY: Those extra six in the wheelbase do as much for the Maxx’s and handling as they do for interior It’s smooth and stable on the yet capable on secondary roads. Its MacPherson strut front, rear suspension is tuned in a European manner, with a balance between comfort and response.

The effort required for the electric-assist power rack and steering is not too light, for good response. Strong four-wheel disc brakes ensure stopping abilities.

PERFORMANCE: In its specification, the Maxx’s 3.5-liter LX9 no new ground. Its 12 valves are pushrod-operated, no fancy overhead cams, and the is low-tech cast iron. a near-total revision of GM’s 3.4-liter V6 that has powered a car and minivan over the years, and a example of those phrases technology» and «appropriate technology.»

The Malibu buyer, and Maxx by extension, is presumed not to care having the latest complex but to just want a solid and car. With 200 horsepower at rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at 3200 performance is quite good, and 30-plus miles out of each of unleaded regular at realistic speeds and an overall average of 25 fuel costs will be far than those of any SUV.

European flair meets versatility in the new Chevrolet Malibu


Base $ 21,600

Price As Tested $

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Engine Type 12-valve overhead valve V6

Engine 3.5 liters / 213 cu. in.

Horsepower 200 @ 5400 rpm

(lb-ft) 220 @ 3200 rpm

Transmission automatic

Wheelbase / Length in. / 187.8 in.

Curb Weight 3,458

Pounds Per Horsepower 17.5

Capacity 16.6 gal.

Requirement 87 octane unleaded gasoline

Tires P215/60 Brakes, front/rear vented / solid disc, antilock

Suspension, front/rear independent strut / independent 4-link

Equipment Group 1SB — front rear floor 6-way power driver’s remote starting system, curtain air bags, rear system $ 925

Destination charge $ 625

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