2004 Chevrolet Malibu
MSRP
$18,770 - $23,270

VITAL STATS

  • Engine
    2.2L I-4
  • Power
    145 @ 5,600 rpm
  • Transmission
    4-spd auto w/OD
  • 0-60
    9.8 seconds
  • Drivetrain
    front-wheel
  • Monthly Payment 
    $354 - $439
  • Seating
    5 passengers
  • Cargo
    15.4 cu.ft.
  • MPG 
    24 City / 34 HWY
  • Market Price (Fair)
    $3,210 - $4,135
  • Invoice Price 
    $17,175 - $21,292
  • Warranty
    GM TOTAL Warranty 36 months/36,000 miles

Overview

Chevrolet has completely redesigned its highly successful Malibu for the 2004 model year.The only thing that carries over from the old Malibu is the name.Every screw, nut and bolt is new on the 2004 Malibu.Test drives of several variations of the 2004 Malibu demonstrated that Chevy's new sedan stacks up well against the Japanese competition in driving dynamics and price.

The driving performance of the Malibu exceeded our expectations.Steering and handling are softer than the Honda Accord, but firmer than the Toyota Camry, the right balance for a wide range of buyers.The solid body structure and supple suspension result in a quiet cabin and comfortable ride yet allow spirited driving.We were impressed with the power of the available V6.The cabin offers roomy accommodations for five passengers with comfortable seats and logical controls that are easy to use.

Where the Malibu needs work is in the appearance department.On the outside, the new Malibu is not a raving beauty but it is better looking than the previous model, which sold well despite its plain appearance.The interior is a mix attractive, quality trim used in some areas and cheap plastic in others.If history is any indication, the new Malibu should offer good quality construction, however.The previous Malibu ranked tops in the midsize car class two consecutive years in the J.D.Power Initial Quality Surveys.

Starting at just under $19,000 and topping out at about $25,000, Malibu prices are extremely competitive with prices of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, which can easily top $25,000.

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