Chevrolet Malibu Interior
The Malibu's interior, according to reviewers, is comfortable and accommodating, even on long trips. Thedeems it "an easy car to live in," and asserts, "The seats feel comfortable even after several hours behind the wheel."
Most agree that the Malibu delivers well on basic driver and passenger needs. New Car Test Drive describes "roomy accommodations for five passengers with comfortable seats and logical controls that are easy to use."
While reviewers feel that the interior has improved over past models, they still insist that the Malibu has a way to go before reaching the top pf the class. Consumer Guide offers, "Interior materials are visibly below Honda/Toyota level, but are serviceable and show good workmanship." MSN further comments, "Interior materials aren't comparable to those of top Japanese rivals." Edmunds felt the overall interior styling was bit drab, "The styling of the interior is dowdy. The gauges are plain, the center stack is plain and the materials are all a dull gray color. This is not the way to win the hearts of import buyers."
Climbing into the Malibu's cockpit, most reviewers agree with Edmunds that "the Malibu's cabin isn't exactly a head-turner." But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The calls it "simple -- linear, but curved where necessary along the dashboard; well-designed center console; everything ergonomically pleasing." More importantly, notes Kelley Blue Book, is that "those who spend hours in their cars will appreciate the excellent front seats."
It's easy for the driver to get comfortable, reviewers claim. The New Car Test Drive finds that the "seats are comfortable," but notes that "they could use a deeper seat bottom cushion with more thigh support." Consumer Guide praises the "good head and leg room for larger adults."reports, "Malibu has power pedals, too, a surprise. That makes finding a good driving position easier, as does the tilt/telescope steering wheel."
The Malibu seats five -- or, in the opinion of Autobytel, "four easily and five in a pinch." Backseat passengers are well accommodated. MSN is impressed by "how generous the Malibu's rear-seat cushion is," noting that "the cushion extended all the way to the back of my knees to provide good support."
The entry-level LS comes with standard features that include air conditioning, power windows and locks, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, and a CD player. Upgrading to the LT will add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth seats, and more. The LTZ gets heated leather seats, adjustable pedals, automatic air-conditioning, and heated mirrors, among other features. The SS gets a number of sporty styling flourishes.
One feature that reviewers mention again and again is the optional remote-starting feature. Anyone facing "weather extremes, it seems, can appreciate the Malibu's handy remote feature which allows a driver to activate the vehicle starter, with the car's doors remaining locked to prevent theft, from as far away as 200 feet," writes MSN. New Car Test Drive says it's for the "type of person who runs outside on cold mornings, starts the car, then runs back inside while it warms up and defrosts." A reviewer for the notes, "I could stand in my living room, aim the remote key fob out the window, press a button, and Malibu's V-6 jumped to life. By the time I walked out about two minutes later, the defroster was already doing its job, and the car was getting warm by the time I reached the end of the block."
The Malibu has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room, and rear seatbacks fold forward to make room for bulkier loads. MSN notes that the front passenger seatback also folds down, which "means a really long item can be stuffed through the trunk, over a rear seatback and come to rest on top of the hard plastic back of the front passenger seat." New Car Test Drive reports, "Lots of nooks and crannies are available for storage, including a center console with a roomy bin, four cupholders, a storage tray and a clip pad."
The trunk, too, is smartly designed. The Auto Channel calls it "usefully large" and claims it "adds to the Malibu's practicality." Autobytel notes that "low lift over height and a wide opening make accessing the trunk easy."