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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-25-2010, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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2010 Malibu vs. 2010 Impala?

I am getting my first car pretty soon (and by pretty soon I mean like in a FEW DAYS) and I have always loved the Chevy sedans. We looked at a '10 Malibu and '10 Impala. I think both are 1LT, but the cloth seats are a joke so I would be replacing the seats with a $1200 set from Chevrolet for either car. With a trade-in and rebate and a bunch of other stuff, the Impala comes out to about $19k and the Malibu around $18k. What do you guys think I should choose? I've always loved the Malibu but the Impala was great as well. What are your thoughts?
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The Impala is a OLD platform, doesn't handle as good, doesn't have as nice of an interior and doesn't look as good. Only advantage the Impala has is a smoother ride.

If your gonna spend $1200 on seats, plus got knows what to install them, I would just step up to a 2LT with the ultralux seats.




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Personally I have to disagree with you Silver. I drove a 2010 Impala less than a month ago that was a dealership loaner and I was quite impressed with the car. Yes the ride was very smooth but still slightly stiffer than my malibu. And as far as handling goes it handled quite well. Where I live we have a corner that is sharper than 90 degrees and that Impala handled it like a champ and the steering response was incredible. I was quite impressed with it and it will make my choice difficult when I do decide to buy or lease a new car.

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Hey everyone, we are going back to the dealership today. Silver LTZ me and my mom convinced my dad to consider the LTZs but nothing is for sure yet. I am going after school to drive and look at them. I'll let y'all know how it goes!
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Personally I have to disagree with you Silver. I drove a 2010 Impala less than a month ago that was a dealership loaner and I was quite impressed with the car. Yes the ride was very smooth but still slightly stiffer than my malibu. And as far as handling goes it handled quite well. Where I live we have a corner that is sharper than 90 degrees and that Impala handled it like a champ and the steering response was incredible. I was quite impressed with it and it will make my choice difficult when I do decide to buy or lease a new car.
You drive a 2005 Malibu. You can not compare that to a 2008-2011 at all, which is exactly what the OP was asking about.

Also, no offence, but if you think the Impala has "incredible" steering response you haven't driven a car that actually does.




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Re: 2010 Malibu vs. 2010 Impala?

Malibu... all the way, unless you are getting an Impala SS. I test-drove an Impala LTZ and my Malibu back to back. The Malibu has better handling, gets better fuel mileage, is quieter and has much more comfortable seats.

With Impala you are looking at a design that is 5 years old and is still using an antiquated 4-speed automatic when every other car in the segment uses at least 5 speeds, and many 6.

It was really the "old tech" that pushed me away from Impala and into Malibu.
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With Impala you are looking at a design that is 5 years old and is still using an antiquated 4-speed automatic when every other car in the segment uses at least 5 speeds, and many 6.
While I see your point here, at least with GM, I would rather their A4 then the A6. It is the one aspect of my car I dislike, the POS shift programing.




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Silver, I will agree with you that the programming of the A6 leaves a lot on the table... but IMO it is still an improvement over the old A4 that had been around since the 90's.
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You drive a 2005 Malibu. You can not compare that to a 2008-2011 at all, which is exactly what the OP was asking about.

Also, no offence, but if you think the Impala has "incredible" steering response you haven't driven a car that actually does.
You are quite right the 05 that i have is the first car i have ever owned and I consider the steering responst to be lackluster at best and therefore I don't have a lot of experience with cars to base some of my opinions on. I have not driven any real performance based cars.

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Hey everyone, just in case anyone was wondering I ended up getting a gold mist metallic '10 Malibu LTZ with the brown/coco interior. I get to pick it up tomorrow, I'm so excited!!! Thanks a million for all of your input.
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