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2008 Chevy Malibu LT

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The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is a respectable, well-tempered, solidly average car. It’s important to remember how high-functioning average is in this class, which includes Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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The new ‘Bu, built on GM’s Opel-engineered Epsilon platform (112.3-inch wheelbase) and essentially a mechanical clone of the Saturn Aura, is a fine-drawn and harmonious design, with a C-pillar traced from Audi’s design studies. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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Its source of power -- in LS and LT trim, a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder with 169 hp -- posts output almost precisely the numerical median of its four-cylinder competition. Top-shelf LTZ cars will get the horsy 3.6-liter, 252-hp V6 buttoned to a six-speed automatic transmission. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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The car is roughly as long, wide, high, heavy and powerful as just about everything else in its class. Metrically the car is just about average. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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The design is spare, efficient and casually artful, with a metallic bevel tracing the twin scoops of the cockpit design. A lot of the touch surfaces still feel plastic-y -- the GM-issue window switches and wands. The Malibu’s interior is not as gratifying as the Accord nor as grating as the Mazda6. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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Some of the exacting exterior details -- such as the “trapped” hood fitting inside an opening instead of closing clamshell style over the grille -- give the car a clean and composed look. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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the volume version of the Malibu is nice-looking, good value for money, free of glaring errors, gas-thrifty, comfortable and competent. -- Dan Neil (KEN HIVELY, LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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