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Drew Dowdell    5,159

Interesting, no swipes at the Malibu, no mentions of Citations or Celebrities, over all sounds to be a pretty fair review.

I don't get this one though:

when shifting into manual mode, the transmission doesn't automatically drop down to a lower gear.

It's supposed to? I don't think that is something I'd want to happen.

edit: MT got 16.3 mpg? Sounds like they were enjoying that HF3.6 a bit too much. I never get below 18 in my CTS even when driving it like I stole it and it weighs the same, has more power, and "only" a 5-speed.

Edited by Oldsmoboi

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ponchoman49    23

Now lets pretend that C&D did the test. The pecking order would be as follows:

First place: Accord

Second Place: Malibu

Third place: Altima

Fourth place: Camry

This just shows how Motor trend is protecting there COTY choice and not alienating there beloved Toyota.

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Drew Dowdell    5,159

They placed the Camry 1st, but look at what they said about it:

The Camry demonstrates a busier ride than Accord and Malibu
They also said the Malibu<!!> is better with road and wind noise.

Camry's steering feels too light and anesthetized.

interior, although roomy, comfortable, and straightforward, is arguably the blandest of the group with its "acres of sickly gray plastic" that come across "awfully industrial next to the stylish Malibu,"
but they can't make up their mind... first it's roomy... then it's

At 189.2 inches long, the Camry is the stubbiest of the lot and definitely feels more petite than the group's yachts, the Accord and Malibu.

Still, I'm happy at least that they managed to print their bias without incoherent bashing of the Malibu. They had for more negative to say about the Camry even though it took first. The brake pedal feel and rear seat comfort are really subjective. I doubt anyone will get MT like fuel efficiency out of the Malibu.

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BatmanGTO    0

Truth is, each of these family sedans is intimidating, at least when looking back 20 years at our "Top-Speed 10" test from September 1988, in which we pushed 10 of the day's fastest sports cars to the limit. Turns out every one of these household heroes is quicker to 60 and the quarter mile than seven of those sports cars, including the Nissan 300ZX Turbo, BMW M6, and Chevy Camaro IROC-Z. Want more? The Altima and Camry outpace the Porsche 928 S4 and the Ferrari Testarossa, respectively, to 60.

You have got to be kidding me.... anyone have those times? :blink:

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balthazar    2,002

>>"Chevelle Malibu SS, powered by a 220-horse {283} V-8, achieved 0 to 60 in 9.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 17.4 at 80 mph. "<<

Why bother mentioning that there was also a 250 HP and 300 HP 327, and in the identical year of '65, a 375 HP (actual output: 400) 396 in the SS Z-16? Z-16 did 0-60 in 6.0 sec & the 1/4 mile in 14.6 sec @ 100 MPH on utter &#036;h&#33; for tires. Give it modern radials and watch another second fall off the 1/4. How nice to cherry-pick the lowest HP V-8 in an SS reference and then quote it's accel times.

>>"No dragstrip diva, "<<

No- not that one, but the 396?- yes, yes it was.

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Camino LS6    866
>>"Chevelle Malibu SS, powered by a 220-horse {283} V-8, achieved 0 to 60 in 9.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 17.4 at 80 mph. "<<

Why bother mentioning that there was also a 250 HP and 300 HP 327, and in the identical year of '65, a 375 HP (actual output: 400) 396 in the SS Z-16? Z-16 did 0-60 in 6.0 sec & the 1/4 mile in 14.6 sec @ 100 MPH on utter &#036;h&#33; for tires. Give it modern radials and watch another second fall off the 1/4. How nice to cherry-pick the lowest HP V-8 in an SS reference and then quote it's accel times.

>>"No dragstrip diva, "<<

No- not that one, but the 396?- yes, yes it was.

For that matter, why pick 1965? Or neglect to mention the increased power and performance each of the successive five years leading to the 1970 LS6 454 with an underrated 450HP. That car tested at a 13.8 1/4 in a much heavier car also running on crap bias ply tires.

Come to think of it, why mention Chevelle at all? It has absolutely nothing to do with any recent Malibu.

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K.C.    0

This is a surprise, not that the Malibu finished second, but that the Accord finished 3rd, the Altima 4th, and especially the Camry 1st. I expected it to be Camry 4th, Altima 3rd, Malibu 2nd, and the Accord 1st.

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VenSeattle    8
I expected it to be Camry 4th, Altima 3rd, Malibu 2nd, and the Accord 1st.

I expected it to be Altima 4th, Camry 3rd, Malibu 2nd, and the Accord 1st.

I don't care for the new Accord, but I'll easily admit the Accord is a better car than the Camry.

The Camry being 1st is :rolleyes:<_<

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loki    287

I looked at the engine pictures.... the toyota and nissan look quite similar, as far as components go.

112_0802_24z%202007_toyota_camry%20engin

112_0802_14z%202008_nissan_altima%20engi

and the honda looks more like the 'Bu from the plastic shrouding around the perimeter

112_0802_18z%202008_honda_accord%20engin

112_0802_17z%202008_chevrolet_malibu%20e

and the 'Bu doesn't even have a GM or Chevy on the engine cover....?

just some observations

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gm4life    5

Okay this is great news for Chevrolet and GM, but what the hell is the Camry doing ahead of the Malibu or Accord. I agree it should have went Accord or Camry, Altima and then LAST Camry. Has the smallest interior, lack luster styling and it has a under-done interior. But oh wait MT is bank rolling Toyota.

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Drew Dowdell    5,159

I'm just happy they didn't bash the Malibu for no reason. They really couldn't find anything major to complain about. Coming in second in this crowd isn't a bad thing. In the past, would the Malibu even have been invited?

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pow    106
This is a surprise, not that the Malibu finished second, but that the Accord finished 3rd, the Altima 4th, and especially the Camry 1st. I expected it to be Camry 4th, Altima 3rd, Malibu 2nd, and the Accord 1st.

That's how I would have predicted, too.

I do agree with some of M/T's complaints -- rear seat comfort and brake feel. The LT model I drove had a clunky initial "loose" feeling before they engage. But I don't find the interior as luxurious as they describe.

I wonder when the 4-cylinder reviews/comparisons come out, since they're predicted to make up 70% of Malibu sales.

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z28luvr01    170
I'm just happy they didn't bash the Malibu for no reason. They really couldn't find anything major to complain about. Coming in second in this crowd isn't a bad thing. In the past, would the Malibu even have been invited?

Agreed. Take away the obvious Camry humping, and the Malibu really cleaned house here. To hear them say that the Malibu was a more engaging and fun to drive car than the Accord (the standard bearer in fun-to-drive athletic midsized sedans) is quite a compliment, and as far as performance stats go the two were pretty much neck and neck despite the 'Bu having nearly 20 fewer horses.

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pow    106

As far as observed fuel economy, it's within four percent of its EPA rating of 17 MPG city, so it's plausible. The observed fuel economy for the other cars were also close to their EPA city rating - 19 MPG.

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Drew Dowdell    5,159

I'm sure it's plausible, but they had to be really beating the snot out of it to get that. I'm just comparing it to the same engine in a similarly heavy car with a 5-speed auto that I drive like a felon in.

Edited by Oldsmoboi

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regfootball    250

funny their malibu got 16.3 when the half ton heavier acadias that have been tested have rubbed 20 mpg before. i suppose since chevy has a manumatic now, they just left it in 3rd gear all day at redline.

MT as a publication is not even worthy for use as toilet paper in an Idaho outhouse these days. Whatever money toyota is saving by not paying Jim Press and that Debra chick and mr. Farley must be going back to Petersen publishing. hookers for Angus. I suppose the Japanese govt. owns Petersen publishing now.

truth is, they only compared 4 cars and they should have compared about 12 and it all would have been very close.

Maybe these 4 are the top contenders but it really is an insult to all the other good cars like the Fusion and Aura and Passat 2.0. And Legacy, Mazda6 etc. and so on.

Car #1 is not at all much better than car #12. Its like being trapped in a snowstorm in a hotel room with VS models. Not a bad one of the bunch, unfair to compare. Even Tom Brady couldn't stop at one.

MT is about as useless as it gets. Note that this comparo the camry magically gains a sport suspension that you likely won't find easy in the showroom and the other cars don't really have either.

Edited by regfootball

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