Though it shares the same name as GM's midsize sedan, the
brand-new Malibu Maxx is nothing like a conventional car.
Called a five-door extended sedan, the Malibu Maxx has the
cargo space of a wagon with all the driving features of
a conventional sedan.
Designed with passenger comfort in mind, the new 2004 Chevrolet
Malibu Maxx has a rear seat that slides nearly 7 inches
fore and aft. It is split 60/40 not just in the seat back,
but also in the seat cushion, to further increase comfort.
The seat backs also recline, allowing different-size rear
passengers to tailor their seating position in a similar
way front-seat passengers can.
The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx is available in an LS trim
and an LT trim.
Though a half-inch shorter than the Malibu, the Malibu Maxx
has a wheelbase that is 6 inches longer. This means that
all that extra room is reserved for passengers and cargo.
It boasts 106 cubic feet of passenger space and 41 inches
of legroom with the seats all the way back.
The trunk of the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx has 22.8 cubic feet
of room. That is nearly double the space offered by many
of the sedans in the class. As it is becoming plainly obvious,
the new Malibu Maxx is not your typical sedan.
There is a lot of room inside the new Malibu Maxx, and
plenty of premium appointments as well. For options, there
are heated front seats, the OnStar system, a remote vehicle
starter and a rear-seat DVD system.
The 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx uses GM's Epsilon architecture
for improved riding dynamics. In terms of design, it has
clean, crisp lines, crystalline-like headlamp lenses and
a chrome front bar with a gold Chevy bowtie.
The front-wheel drive Malibu Maxx comes with a 3.5-liter
V6 engine with 200 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 220 lb-ft
of torque at 3200 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic
transmission with overdrive.
The Malibu Maxx's engine is based on GM's 3.4-liter V6
model. It has been improved to improve performance and fuel
efficiency and reduce noise and vibration. All Malibu Maxx
models feature electric power steering (EPS) with variable
assist for sharp handling ability.
Safety and Security
The new 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx is quite safety conscious
as well. Standard equipment in this regard includes dual
front airbags, antilock disc brakes with traction control,
three-point safety belts and the LATCH child-seat system.
Curtain side airbags are optional.