The new 2011 Chevrolet Malibu returns as one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size new cars for the year. Since 2008, little has changed on the well-received current rendition of this American-made classic. Review specs, features and mpg ratings to determine if the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu deserves your attention.
What's New - 2011 Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevy Malibu is due for a complete redesign next year. As such, updates to the 2011 model are few and far between. A six-speed automatic transmission is now standard across all trims and restyled wheels alter the exterior design slightly. Given these relatively small changes, budget-conscious shoppers may be interested in shopping around for a used 2010 Chevrolet Malibu.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu Styling
For the current Malibu, Chevy designers attempted to deliver a vehicle that is simultaneously muscular and sleek. The result is a defined sport sedan personality that should appeal to a broad audience.
Inside, the Malibu delivers a unique two-tone interior design that offers good interior comfort. Dashboard controls mold around the front two passengers and exhibit an ergonomic functionality. While fit and finish isn't quite up to snuff with top competitors, the Malibu still receives good reviews on overall quality. Bolstered sound insulation helps deliver an overall boost in refinement.
In terms of seating, the Malibu offers class-competitive interior volume. At 15.1 cubic feet, trunk space is also on par with competitors in the midsize class (although the 2011 Ford Fusion offers 16.5 cubic feet).
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Performance
Eco-conscious drivers praised Chevy in 2008 for choosing to include an efficient four-cylinder engine option. While competitors have since followed suit, the Malibu's 169-hp base engine remains one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. EPA ratings suggest 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. A more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 is also available that delivers 252 horsepower. Opting for the additional engine revs results in fuel ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Overall, the Malibu's road manners and performance specs are average for the class. As a result, most drivers will likely be satisfied with the amount of power afforded by the vehicle.
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the 2011 Malibu a "Top Safety Pick" for the year. All models come standard with antilock brakes, six airbags, stability control, tire pressure monitor and OnStar technology.
2011 Chevrolet Malibu
Prices and Features
Base price for the Chevy Malibu comes in at $21,975. For those looking to save a few bucks, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Ford Fusion are both available below the $20,000 mark. Standard features on the Malibu include keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, full power accessories, automatic headlights, six-speaker stereo, CD player and satellite radio. Notable upgrades include remote engine start, Bluetooth, power driver's seat, leather upholstery and sunroof. Top-of-the-line models go for around $27,000.
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