2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid


2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was new.


This model has never been fully tested for interior. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other midsize cars.

The interior of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid features a two-tone color scheme and a two-pocket dash layout that many reviewers like. A few question the choice of materials -- and while other Malibus can be upgraded with leather seats and soft-touch surfaces, the Hybrid cannot.

  • "Malibus come with a nice interior and the hybrid mirrors this look. An integrated, flowing instrument panel features a dual-cockpit design with gauges backlit in blue. The instrument cluster has been modified to advise the driver on operations of the hybrid powertrain." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The dual-cowl dash design is certainly eye-catching, while buyers have a pair of classy two-tone color schemes to choose from: gray/lighter gray and brown/tan." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior fit and finish of the Malibu Hybrid are good, although we weren't crazy about the materials or the look" -- CNET
  • "The...Chevy Malibu cabin is beautifully done, with tight fits, no gaps, and everything within easy reach and easy to operate. The instruments are very easy on the eyes." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior is attractive and generally comfortable for four." -- MarketWatch


The seats of the 2009 Malibu Hybrid are generally considered comfortable, even on long rides. A sloping roofline robs headroom from the rear seats, which may make them small for adults -- but rear legroom is plentiful.

  • "Firmly supportive front seats make for comfortable 500-mile days behind the wheel." -- Edmunds
  • "A passenger plus is that rear legroom is plentiful and the seats are cushy but not mushy. The rear seat is a split fold design, which is handy for long items. I would have liked a bit more rear headroom." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Seats are comfortable and the driver's includes standard height and lumbar adjustment. Aiding positioning is a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, though it may not rise high enough for some." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front bucket seats are somewhere between sumptuous and luscious in the way they look and the way they sit, very comfortable and supportive." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

The hybrid-powered Malibu is available in a single trim level, which includes the most common equipment buyers ask for. But there are almost no options available. On the plus side, reviewers find the controls simple to operate.

  • "Although there's still some cheap plastic trim here and there, overall the Malibu is a vast improvement over past Chevy models and also better than its platform twin, the Saturn Aura hybrid." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin electronics rely on OnStar for most of their functionality. We like the stereo interface, which is simple but functional." -- CNET
  • "Big knobs and buttons and an elegant design make operating audio and climate functions easy...the Chevrolet has the audio controls at the top, better because people tend to fiddle with their stereos more than their temperature controls." -- New Car Test Drive


Chevrolet did not steal trunk space to house the Malibu Hybrid's batteries, giving it the largest trunk of any Hybrid car you can buy today.

  • "Unlike other hybrid sedans, the Malibu's trunk is not compromised by large battery packs, and it holds a maximum of 15.1 cubic feet of luggage."  -- Edmunds

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