I recently had an opportunity to spend a good amount of time behind the wheel of a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu while driving from Miami down to Key West.
Unfortunately, although I certainly didn’t hate the Malibu, I didn’t exactly like it either. Like so many American cars of the last, oh, 5-10 years or so, it felt like it was trying really hard to feel more upscale than it really was.
A few things I didn’t like were:
- The very low ceiling (not helped by the fact that our car had a sunroof)
- The annoying automatic headlights (and what ever happened to all Chevy vehicles having daytime running lights?)
- The annoying automatic door locks… which passengers could not unlock until you put the transmission into “Park”
- The steering wheel control buttons that you had to look at to see what they do (you can’t tell by feel)
- The 3-spoke steering wheel (each of the spokes was just too big to hold on to when cruising, probably because of the need to fit in all the radio & cruise controls)
Some things I did like were:
- The radio (I do like that Chevy’s have one of the few CD players that actually read CD-Text for song titles – why don’t more cars do this?)
- The engine (peppy without being hard to control, and definitely nice considering it’s just a 4-cylinder, albeit a 2.4L one, putting out 169 HP)
- The paddle shifters (completely unnecessary, but still kind of nice to have)
All-in-all, the Malibu was an OK car, but nothing special. If it was a little bit less expensive (running somewhere between $21K-$27K) I would say it’s a good deal for the money. But as is, it’s just… meh.