2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Interior
According to the majority of reviewers, the interior of the Malibu Maxx is comfortable for five passengers and pleasant, if not luxurious. Car and Driver says, "There's an airiness to the Maxx's cabin that reliably induces cheer and optimism." Reviewers also like the versatility afforded by the hatchback. "Something of a cross between a sedan and a station wagon," writes Edmunds, it "offers impressive flexibility in terms of cargo and passenger transport."
The Maxx seats five passengers in what Kelley Blue Book labels, "a roomy and wide cabin, with nicely bolstered front sport seats and a very convenient 60/40 split rear seat that will slide fore and aft." The interior materials, argues the , are "durable but not the least bit fancy."
Seating in the front is found to be adequate. "Front seats in the Malibu are supportive, but they don't envelope occupants with the same level of comfort you'll find in many foreign nameplates," contends Forbes Autos. Car and Driver finds the front seats "American-butt wide" and says they "lack lateral support but are otherwise comfortable." Cars.com reports, "Up front inside, the bucket seats offer long-distance comfort and support, and the tilt-and telescope steering wheel makes it easy for almost anyone to find a comfortable driving position."
Reviewers go to great lengths to praise the back seats. Car and Driver, for instance, asserts, "The back seat is the star, as if the designers started with a living-room love seat and put a car around it." Forbes Autos claims that the Maxx "scores big" with the rear seats, noting, "These not only slide, but recline as well, making the rear accommodations limousine-like." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman points out, "The back seat reclines in two sections, ideal for kids' naps. And the seats slide forward as much as 7 inches, which can help scoot a baby in a car seat closer to the parents in the front."
"This versatile front-wheel drive five door 'extended wheelbase' sedan" is "chock full of consumer friendly features," says the, effectively summing up reviewer opinion. Reviewers particularly like the power adjustable pedals and tilt-telescope steering wheel. The asserts, "Few cars offer both features, especially in this price range."
One feature that many reviewers note is the standard skylight over the rear passenger seats. Edmunds finds, "It's not the type of feature that could make or break a car purchase, but when traveling through a big city or even the mountains, it is a plus that the rear-seat occupants get a stellar view of all that is happening outside the car." Cars.com believes it's of "questionable benefit because the glass is fixed and cannot be opened for ventilation." The Maxx also comes standard with air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control and more.
Stereo and Entertainment
The Malibu Maxx comes standard with a six-speaker stereo system with a CD player. Entertainment options for the Malibu Maxx include satellite radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Theargues that this makes the Maxx "a great family vehicle, superior at keeping occupants entertained."
The Maxx has 22.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, or 41 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Motor Trend points out that this latter number is "comparable with several sport/utility vehicles." Cars.com says, "cargo space is a major attraction." Only Kelley Blue Book is less than impressed, noting, "The Malibu Maxx's truncated rear somewhat limits its cargo carrying ability," and warning, "If cargo capacity, or cargo-carrying shape is important, you may want to give it a careful check."
The rear gate that leads to the cargo area is, reports Car and Driver, "light" and has "two handhold indents lined with a sandpaper-like material that offers astounding grip even in the rain," while the cargo area itself "features a removable parcel shelf that can be fitted at three heights and can hold up to 200 pounds, in case you feel obliged to perform handstands back there. It can even be positioned to jut out of the open hatch, acting as a mini table for tailgate parties that don't exceed four six-packs." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman has a gripe, pointing out, "No roof rack is available, an oversight for a car designed to be a flexible hauler."