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#664 of 1514 Re: Malibu tops Accord- again [savetheland]
Jan 01, 2008 (9:02 pm)
I can predict that this year Accord will relegate Camry to 2nd place as a most popular car. Malibu has a chance to be #3.
Oh I doubt that. Honda doesn't bargain. And Camry sales are up.
What 10 Best award do you mean?
MY fault. I meant Automobile magazine's 10 Allstars of 2008.
Accord is a big car with same if not better mpg than Malibu and it is what American public want exactly.
That's to be seen.
Regarding Camry taking lead in MT test - it is a sham. Just take camry away - and malibu becomes #1. MT simply cannot acknowledge mistake they made by choosing Camry 2006 COTY. They are trying to justify their mistake but saying that "Oh camry is sooo goood...". LOL, What, Camry?? What they are smoking.
No- these cars racked fair and square. Camry '07 coty? Also fair game. Seems someone is a bit biased toward Honda (actually hugely biased).
What are they smoking? I don't know "Save the Land". And Tundra lost TOTY last year to the good 'ole American Chevy Silverado.
I realize that you think the Accord is a very respectable sedan, but it is incorrect to think that it is superior to any other marque. It is no better than the Malibu- or Camry for that matter. They are all competitors, and now that GM has stepped it's game up, the playing feild is level.
#666 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu [carguytx]
Jan 05, 2008 (12:23 pm)
I love the new looks of the '08 models. I think Chevy has a big hit on their hands. They are very comfortable and I love the options. They drive very nicely, even the 2.4L one. I wish more of the Chevy cars had the pedal adjuster.
#667 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu [scortch]
Jan 05, 2008 (12:59 pm)
Also, if you think the Malibu interior feels cramped, you might try out the Impala. It feels a lot roomier.
#668 of 1514 Re: Saw my first today on the road [csandste]
Jan 05, 2008 (8:53 pm)
I'm not sure where the "10 cubic feet smaller" info is coming from but it's way off.
The new 'Bu is 4 cubic feet smaller in interior volume and most of that comes from the lower roofline.
#669 of 1514 Re: Saw my first today on the road [dodgeman07]
Jan 06, 2008 (9:44 am)
I listed a whole slew of cars (I think on this thread). The EPA lists the Malibu as 95 cubic feet, smaller than an Elantra. I own an Optima (not exactly the largest) it's listed at 104 cubic feet. My other car (a Malibu Maxx is 106), on the large side but only a foot bigger than a Sonata (or Accord). So maybe 10 is stretching it but at least eight would be a conservative estimate.
In the new 'Bu's defense, since most of the lost space is headroom and the Optima has tons of headroom the actual usable lost space isn't that much. Who cares if you have four inches or two inches over the top of your head?
However, the last gen. Malibu (even the non-Maxx) with its smaller tumblehome was exceptionally ugly but exceptionally spacious. The new Malibu has exchanged (mostly backseat) space for style. If you don't have people in the back it doesn't make much difference.
#670 of 1514 Re: Saw my first today on the road [csandste]
Jan 06, 2008 (10:07 am)
I used the EPA to recheck interior space. Without building a spreadsheet, it looks like the Hondas and Hyunkias are larger than Fusions, Camrys, etc. so I'll back up my original statement of ten feet, to six cubic feet. Most of the competition seems to come in slightly over 100 cubic feet. I still stand by the fact that the new 'Bu has gone from one of the most roomy to (as far as I can find) smallest mid-size car. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. It's certainly larger than the typical mid sizer of a decade ago.
#671 of 1514 Re: Saw my first today on the road [csandste]
Jan 07, 2008 (5:55 am)
as stated, its all about the headroom. The old Malibu had an upright greenhouse that allowed generous headroom even though the wheelbase was shorter. The new car is big enough for most people.
#672 of 1514 2008 Malibu vs 2007 Malibu
Jan 08, 2008 (9:15 am)
I took my 2007 Malibu LS in today for the 12000 mile service. I still have not had any problems or complaints with the car. Gas mileage remains over 32 MPG. While waiting I went in the showroom to look at the 2008 Malibu. I think it is a nice car, but the rear seat area was much smaller than my 2007. The model in the showroom was a loaded LTZ, the sticker price was over $28000. The LS model goes for over $19000 I was told. I baught my 2007 LS in June and with incentives paid a little over $15000.
The main reason I bought the 2007 was price, fuel economy and interior room, so with the price increase, less interior space and I believe less MPG, I consider the 07 to be a better value and a more appropriate car for me.
#673 of 1514 Re: 2008 Malibu vs 2007 Malibu [ls6454]
Jan 08, 2008 (11:02 am)
I dont think the old Malibu ever stickered for $15k so I assume thats what you paid after incentives and negotiations. The new car cost more but has more standard equipment including XM radio and Onstar with turn by turn nav. The old Malibu SS was about $27k with sunroof so the new car is realistically priced considering it has more power, 6 speed auto, paddle shifters, LED lights, 8 way seat, better interior, etc. Also, I dont think the new car has much less interior room than the old one. The gap is pretty small.