Those looking for the most fuel efficient Malibu should consider the top-of-the-line LTZ. It can be had with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the six-speed automatic transmission - for a price reduction of $1,075 and 22/32 mpg.
My 2008 Chevy Malibu LTZ tester featured the fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. I had the pleasure of driving this car to Detroit and back.
Not only was this car comfortable and a joy to drive, but the fuel economy was remarkably impressive. There's obviously a drop-off in acceleration with the four-cylinder, but not to the point where you'll be hugely disappointed.
I found that I had to push the accelerator pedal a bit farther down to get the car to step out and pass other vehicles, but the ponies were there when needed.
With the cruise control set at highway speeds, the Malibu tester delivered a very nice ride. The suspension is tuned a bit on the soft side, but that's OK for those family excursions or long business trips.
Chevy has undoubtedly hit a grand slam with its new Malibu. With a starting price of around $20K, Malibu is an affordably priced sedan with loads of desirable traits. 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
2.4-liter (169 hp) I-4 Transmission:
6-speed automatic Drive type:
FWD Fuel economy:
22 city/32 highway Base price:
$26,795 As tested:
$26,620 (including $650 destination charge) Web site: www.chevrolet.com