The sporty 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ offers more power than other trims with its standard 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, which puts out 252 hp and 251 ft-lbs of torque at 3,200 RPM. It's pai...
The sporty 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ offers more power than other trims with its standard 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, which puts out 252 hp and 251 ft-lbs of torque at 3,200 RPM. It's paired with a 6-speed shiftable automatic that features paddle shifters (TAPshift) on the steering wheel. Fuel economy dips to 17/26 mpg with this engine, but you can downgrade to the 169-hp, 2.4-liter Ecotec inline four for improved mileage. This front-wheel-drive sedan includes 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Inside, passengers get leather upholstery, and the power driver's seat has up to 8 settings, while the passenger gets a 6-way power seat. The front passenger seat also folds flat, along with the split-folding rear seats, to create more cargo space. The trunk holds around 15 cubic feet.
Other upgrades in the 2008 Malibu LTZ include remote start, a garage opener, auto-dimming side mirrors to go with the rearview one, heated mirrors, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system with 6-CD changer. These join already standard power windows, locks, and mirrors, remote entry, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, satellite radio, an MP3 input jack, leather trim for the wheel and shifter, and a trip computer. A compass is added to the temperature display on the dash. Intermittent wipers, tilt and telescopic steering, a tachometer, a security system, and two front power outlets are also standard. A rear power outlet is optional, along with a power sunroof.
Making up the safety profile are 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, dual front-side and side curtain airbags for both rows of the sedan, front and rear stabilizer bars, and traction and stability control. OnStar with navigation, a tire monitor, automatic halogen lamps, and foglights complete the package. The 2008 Malibu LTZ earns four and five stars in frontal impact tests and four in rollover tests. An option replaces the 18-inch wheels with 17-inch ones.