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2004 Chverolet Malibu Maxx Mid-Size Hatchback

New Car Profile of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Mid-Size Hatchback

Description: Mid-Size Hatchback Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $21,485 - $21,600
Invoice Price Range: $19,764 - $24,100

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Here's a new twist to the four-door confines of a sedan -- a version of the new Malibu comes with the wheelbase extended and a hatchback-style door added at the tail.

The wheelbase gains six inches in length and that adds room in the rear with space expanding to 106 cubic feet. Maxx adds a back bench that slides almost seven inches fore and aft to vary the space for people and cargo -- and increase backseat legroom to 41 inches. The back of the front passenger bucket folds forward to form a flat horizontal surface, and backs of the rear bench, divided into two sections of 40/60 percent, also fold on the same plane. Long cargo items like lumber can be stacked on top of these folded seats and extended from dashboard to tail door. To shed extra light into the rear compartment, there's a fixed skylight overhead with retractable sunshade.

Standard powertrain for Maxx is Malibu's up-level 3.5-liter V6 producing 200 hp through a four-speed automatic transmission. Audio and entertainment packages for Maxx include an in-dash CD changer for six discs, XM satellite radio service and a DVD-based video entertainment system for backseat riders with a seven-inch LCD screen pinned to the ceiling and two sets of infrared headphones plus video game jacks.