Malibu satisfies on several counts
Not everyone is predisposed to love the smell of high octane fuel and burning rubber. And it’s annoying to find car reviewers harping on about the latest high-tech toy or trillions of horsepower when all you’d like to do is get from your house to the Swiss Chalet — thank you very much.
After all, when distilled to its basic elements, a modern automobile is in many ways easier to operate than your television remote: Twist key, select “D,” off to the grand prix.
If that’s the case, you’d make quick friends with the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.
Let’s start with the bottom line and work our way up. The Malibu LS starts at $20,230. It features a 145-horsepower, 4-cylinder Ecotec engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch wheels, 60/40 split rear seat, power locks, windows, and mirrors, cruise control, dual front and inflatable side curtain airbags, electric power steering, CD player, and keyless entry.
From there it’s onto the $23,130 Malibu LT with alloy wheels, remote start, 6-speaker sound system, and available sunroof.
If you’re aching for a V6 engine, anticipate a big jump in price to the $30,310 Malibu LTZ. Your extra scratch nets you a 217-hp V6 engine, 17-inch chrome wheels, heated front seats, leather accent seating surfaces, OnStar, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, automatic climate control, power driver’s seat, adjustable pedals, heated mirrors, auto dimming rearview mirror, and front side airbags.
Trivia note: Underneath its shapely sheet metal, the Malibu is built on the same platform used for a host of vehicles, including the Saab 9-3 and the 2007 North American Car of the Year, the Saturn Aura.
The Malibu SS sits just above the LTZ, and is, unfortunately, more of a trim package than a future automotive legend like SS-badged cars of yore.
For $30,570, you’ll grab basically everything in the LTZ, plus a 240-hp V6, 18-inch wheels, sport suspension, shiftable 4-speed automatic transmission, hydraulic power steering for more direct steering feel, and a few other niceties.
But more horsepower and different trim doesn’t get your juices flowing.
It’s knowing that, for a good price, you can pick up a tried and true car that will get you to work and your kids to the mall.
That’s what’s great about the Malibu. Apart from the SS, it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a car. It has no image.
It comes standard with a host of comfort and convenience options, without forgetting about keeping things simple for the driver.
We appreciate the Malibu’s purity of purpose —and if you’re not a car person, you will, too.
2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS