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They're not quite done putting it through the paces, but Consumer Reports for the most part is liking Chevy's new Malibu. They've opened up the car's logbook on the magazine's blog, and here are a few of the positive quotes they shared:

"Wow. Impressive to drive, even in the four-cylinder version."
"Best normally-aspirated Ecotec (four-cylinder engine) application out there."
"Distinctive dashboard - definitely not a 'me-too' design."
This is a heavy hitter that competes head-on with Camry, Accord, and Altima."

Luckily for Chevrolet, the positive comments so far are in the lead, and most of the negatives are for relatively minor things like:

"hard to reach seat levers"
"I do not like the interior trim. The dash has a pink tone to it, whereas the other browns are more orange."
"I'm disappointed with the low shoulder belt anchor, poorly placed seat heater switch, and lack of a shifter indicator in the dash."

They promise to have a full review of the car in the magazine's March issue, which we're sure Chevy can't wait to read.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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      I beg to disagree , where are the highly-paid jobs located? In Kentucky or in Dearborn? An Engineer's salary in Dearborn creates more of a ripple effect in Michigan than a factory worker's salary does in Kentucky... maybe I am biased because I live in Michigan and experience first hand the decay in the economy here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a good turnaround for Chevy and GM
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ machina

      Do us all a favor. Stay off the blog. You are obviously unintelligent when it comes to cars so just don't even bother commenting anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now, before this turns in a "Consumer Reports Hates Domestics/Loves Toyota/Is Stoopid" slapfest, remember that they have positively reviewed the Lambda CUVs and rate the Fusion quite highly in both reliability and performance.

      The domestics made, on average, medoicre cars for a long time. That's changing. Hopefully fans of thiers can lose the chip on their collective shoulders as well.

      • 7 Years Ago
      As a previous poster has pointed out, this month's issue of C&D has a 7 way test of the Malibu and 6 of it's competitors. It didn't win, but didn't do too bad... one of the worst things C&D could say was that the transmission performance will be even better with the 6 speed auto. Considering what they said about the Altima, I don't really understand why the Nissan placed higher than the Chevy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For you import biased folks lets not forget the Toyota engine sludge problems..LOL, funny stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am dying to see a black one with nice 19 inch rims... with a 35% tint...
      • 7 Years Ago
      PAT, yes, have you?

      geo.stewart, excuse my typo, I am imperfect. I can see you might be as well, considering numerous capitalization errors in your comment. Moving on, I do not love the Camry and Accord. They are better than the Malibu, however. It is that simple.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Machina, driven all of them and compared them? I have not personally, but then again I wasn't placing judgement, just make a statement about how it was good to hear some positive feedback from CR.

      psarhjinian, wow, I should do some more research, and check into this, and check up on what you are saying. What are you using as a basis.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree that the interior is at least equal to the best in the segment, color choices aside.

      What struck me sitting in several new GM cars is the uniformity of design. Dark plastic dash, smattering of woodgrain, chrome rings around the dials, broad swaths of psudo-metallic trim and some shiny bits spread around. After looking at the new CTS, Lucerne, Silverado and Malibu I began to loose track of which one I was in. If I had only looked at one it would have been great, but after looking at all of them it was a bit formulaic, almost mundane.

      Then again my taste might be out in left field. I like the simplicity of the interior in my Magnum RT and dislike the busy dash design of my dad's Acura TL. Personal taste I suppose.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "a conestoga wagon with a lawnmower engine would suffice"

      LOL! Especially with the way lights are timed around here. Drive the speed limit and you will have to stop at every one. Too much traffic to speed enough to make them. Once I figured that out and backed off the gas I have found that I can run at the bottom of fifth gear for miles without shifting or stopping. I never get to the speed limit, but shockingly the same cars are next to me the whole way down the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not an American car lover by any means, I have three cars and all are imports, but I've had the chance to sit in the Malibu (with the "crazy" brown interior) and to be honest, it's about 95% in look to "Toyonda" I think that this version of the Malibu has improved SO MUCH that it's taken a lot of people by surprise and there could be some "over praise" but it's not completely undeserved. If this Malibu has a good generation history, I could see myself buying a late cycle Malibu, or a second year, next generation one... I think it's a good step for GM, for sure.
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