2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4 litre Ecotech from North America
A serious threat to Japanese car manufacturers
In the second week of ownership, a rattle started in what appeared to be the dash on the passenger side. An inspection turned up that the dealer had failed to properly secure the air filter cover.
The trailing edge of the vinyl on the center dash storage bin lifts slightly when the material is cold, but lays flat when warm.
The trunk opening is a little narrow, and it takes some maneuvering to put large items in.
The electrically assisted power steering is very good, but I do not find it to be quite as precise as hydraulic power steering.
Aside from the second item mentioned above, the overall fit and finish of the car is as good or better than any of the Japanese cars I have owned or driven.
In a month of driving, combined highway/city mileage is averaging between 7.3 and 7.8 liters/100 km. This is better than my wife's 2005 4 cylinder Altima SL.
Seating front and back provides good support and ample room. The grey and cream interior with silver highlights is reminiscent of Chev interiors from the 60's, and looks classy.
All driver controls are well laid out and easily accessible.
I live in a mountainous region, and the Ecotech engine with 4 speed automatic has no trouble handling the grades.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2011