Some drivers rely on their vehicle to stir the senses and invigorate their soul, while others simply see them as a source for transportation. While the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu won't exactly give you goose bumps, it will give you peace of mind and a clear conscience. Practical and fuel-efficient people-moving is the name of the game here and the Malibu Hybrid knows how to play.
Once laying eyes on the 2009 Malibu, which was redesigned for 2008, it is obvious that things have changed from the outgoing model. Once a consolation prize of the rental fleet, this new 'Bu is a car that people can see themselves driving and shouldn't mind having others see them doing so. In these dire times, Chevrolet seems to be where Hyundai was a number of years ago – making good cars that few people care about. This occurred to me when I thought back to how many times curious onlookers would stop in parking lots to admire the car before saying in astonishment, "THAT is a Chevrolet?" The bad news is that GM is going to have to work really hard to lure customers to their showrooms since nobody seems to think they have anything to offer. The good news is that they weren't the company responsible for such disappointing nameplates as Stellar, Scoupe or Pony, so harder battles have been fought.
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