With this redesign, Malibu ranked among the best family sedans, thanks to responsive handling, a composed ride, and a quiet interior. But its fuel economy fell short in both four-cylinder or V6 versions. 
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very poor initial acceleration until the engine reaches 3,000 rpm. Slow to upshift with reduced throttle. Cannot keep the wheels balanced and the brakes operate smoothly- bake pulsing/ rotor warped."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very good acceleration, easy steering and handing"

Katherine W., VA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very poor acceleration"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"There is a lot of road noise. It does not turn good when parking, to me it seems as it would be better if it would turn shorter."

B H., ME (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Shifting gears can be very jerky, especially when accelerating from a near stop. Sometimes the acceleration can be sluggish."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very smooth and effortless (V6)"

John L., MD (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This is an extremely comfortable car for trips!"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The adjustment features for the drivers seat"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I like the smooth ride, and good postured seats"

Anonymous, AR (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very comfortable seats, easy to reach and use controls/radio."

Katherine W., VA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The seats are very comfortable with excellent support in the lower back region. The cabin is quiet on the highway. The ride is smooth on the highway and as good as can be expected on the goat trails of the city in which I reside."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"A/C a bit weak"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This car is extremely comfortable - provides good back support and can be adjusted as needed. Handling is very good as well and mileage is what I expected from this car. Major repairs have been very minimal."

JEANNE F., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Above average for vehicle in this price range. Heated seats, many levels climate control, current technology."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"No good cup holders. Difficult to get in and out. Seats not comfortable on a long ride."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"small rattle on suspension on dirt roads"

JIM J., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Too many repairs needed throughout ownership."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It has been a great car with little need for repair."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)

"We got the vehicle from my ex employer at a very reasonable price. We have not put much money into it."

RAY A., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu)
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