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2010 Chevrolet Malibu road test


For 2010 Chevrolet has revised the
Malibu
lineup. There are three models available:  L, LS and LTZ. The gas/electric hybrid is now “fleet only.” There are two engines and transmissions available. The four cylinder engine is a 2.4-liter engine rated at 169 horsepower and the V6 is a fine General Motors 3.6-liter rated at 252 horsepower. Both engines use regular fuel.


 


Transmission choices are 4-speed automatic or six-speed automatic with manual shift paddles mounted on the steering column. Four cylinder fuel economy is rated at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.


 


The Chevrolet Malibu, which is based on the Saab 93 platform, continues to be a world class motor vehicle. It’s a refined, quiet car although we did hear some wind rush in our tester. While the power adjustable pedals are gone for 2010, we do like the positioning of the gauges and controls and found them easy to reach and operate.


 


The trunk opening is large for easy loading and the hinges do not intrude into the trunk area.


 


Prices range from $22,000 up to $27,000 but deals are available. On our scale of one to five, four tires and a spare, we rate the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu a 5.


 


General Motors now has three “world class” vehicles in its lineup. But the General has so damaged its reputation that it will take a long time to repair the damage and increase sales. General Motors needs to build good cars and trucks, but the company also needs to take care of the buyers who stood by the company during its darkest hour


 


Advice for GM:


Use the money you got from the taxpayers (the U.S. now owns more than 60 percent of General Motors) to give the dealers an opportunity to “take care” of GM buyers and not weasel out of legitimate warranty claims. A little goodwill money will go a long way to restoring faith in General Motors. Warranty departments should break even, not be profit centers. Making warranties profit centers simples makes the customers even more mad.


 

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