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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Overview (See Available Styles)

After its major redesign in 2008, the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu adds minor tweaks to an already impressive package that features a low base-price, impressive fuel economy and copious amounts of amenities.

There are two options under the hood: a 2.4-liter, 169-horsepower flex-fuel four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter, 252-horsepower V-6.  Both are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift controls.  Fuel economy varies between the two engines with the four-cylinder getting tremendous efficiency.  Expect to receive 17-22 mpg in the city and 26-33 mpg on the highway.  The 2011 Chevy Malibu will need every advantage it can get in a crowded class that includes the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu seats five and offers three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ.  The LS and LT features 17-inch wheels, while the LTZ boasts 18-inch wheels.  A glass sunroof is optional across the board and the V-6 model has dual chrome exhausts.  Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, heated front seats, a six-way power driver seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also available.

The premium LTZ adds heated side mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, LED taillights, automatic climate control, eight-way driver and six-way passenger power seats, leather upholstery, and an eight-speaker stereo system including two subwoofers and a USB audio jack.

Standard safety features include an advanced passenger-sensing airbag system for dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, head curtain side-impact, and front and rear outboard seating positions. A stability-control system and brake assist with traction control help avoid collisions. Also included is a six-month subscription to OnStar’s Directions and Connections plan, which includes automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlock, roadside assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free calling, and vehicle diagnostics.

With an attractive starting price, exceptional fuel-economy on the four-cylinder and a host of options, the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu is definitely a beam of sunlight in the midsize sedan segment.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 22 MPG
  • Highway: 33 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****