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2008 Chevy Malibu LT

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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