2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

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Stock #:
7138
VIN #:
1G1ZB5E11BF123380
Engine:
L4, 2.4L; DOHC 16V
Exterior Color:
Gold Mist Metallic
Interior Color:
Tan
Body Style
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2011 chevrolet malibu

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
3.8
43 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (44%)
4 Star - (28%)
3 Star - (14%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (9%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.7
COMFORT
3.9
INTERIOR
3.8
RELIABILITY
3.8
VALUE
2.9

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu remains a popular, well-equipped entry in the hotly contested segment of midsize family sedans. It's starting to lag behind stronger segment leaders in some respects, however, and a replacement isn't due until 2012.

What's New

The 2011 Chevy Malibu receives only a few minor changes that include new wheel designs and a standard six-speed automatic transmission on all models.

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PROS

Strong V6, economical inline-4; fine ride and handling balance; quiet cabin: high scores in crash tests.

Introduction

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Malibu bolted smartly out of the starting gate in 2008, one of the stars of GM's product renaissance over the last several years and one of the first Chevys to feel modern rather than retro. As a result it was acknowledged as the 2009 North American Car of the Year and earned a fair amount of positive praise. Four years on, the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu continues to be a very desirable car, but the competition has caught up.

On the plus side, the Malibu features a stylish cabin with straightforward controls, nicely balanced ride and handling characteristics, and a choice of either a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine or a strong V6. Perhaps best of all, the Malibu has an upscale look that says "premium sedan" rather than "rental car." Although we could live without its flashy chrome-clad wheels, the Malibu sports clean, classy lines with tight panel gaps, and doesn't succumb to cheap visual add-ons like spoilers, side vents or body flares.

Unfortunately, a few shortcomings nix any pretensions of class leadership. The Malibu's rear seat space is tight compared to that of some competitors, and it lacks a center armrest. Although the cabin is generally well designed, the quality and finish of the materials are inconsistent. The 2011 Chevy Malibu also comes up short in terms of features, as some desirable items like dual-zone climate control and an in-dash navigation screen aren't offered.

If Chevy addresses these nits in the next redesign, we might again have ourselves a well-rounded superstar. Until then, we'd recommend checking out other top midsize sedans like the 2011 Ford Fusion, 2011 Honda Accord, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2011 Kia Optima, 2011 Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu is available in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.

Standard equipment on the Malibu LS includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary audio jack.

Next up is the 1LT that adds 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome and color-keyed body accents, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and access to various optional features. The 2LT then adds remote engine start, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver seat, heated front seats, premium upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The range-topping LTZ includes 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, heated outside mirrors, LED taillights, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat, upgraded instruments, a rear window shade, a rear 110-volt power outlet and a Bose eight-speaker stereo with MP3 playback and USB audio jack. Many of these available features are grouped into packages that can be added to the lower trim levels. In addition, a sunroof is optional for all trims except the LS.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2011 Malibu can be equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, which generates 169 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Estimated fuel economy checks in at 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. In Edmunds performance testing, a four-cylinder Malibu reached 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is about average for four-bangers in this class.

A 3.6-liter V6 is available for the Malibu LT and LTZ, and bumps output to 252 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is again standard. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/26/20 mpg. Our test of a V6-equipped Malibu resulted in a 0-60-mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds, making it one of the quicker V6 sedans in its class.

Safety

The Chevy Malibu comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, OnStar telematics, front side airbags and head curtain airbags. In the government's new, more strenuous crash testing for 2011, the Malibu earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Malibu its highest rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset and side-impact testing. In brake performance testing, a V6 Malibu impressed us by stopping from 60 mph in a short, fade-free 122 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu features a curvaceous dual-cowl dash design up front, emphasized strikingly by a couple of available two-tone interior color options. However, the sedan's quality doesn't always keep up with its overall design promise, as fit and finish is compromised by a few cheap pieces here and there. Control layout is simple and straightforward, and plenty of insulation and the use of acoustically laminated glass contribute to a serene driving experience.

The front seats are comfortable and pleasantly supportive, though some editors found the car's pedal placement somewhat awkward. Additionally, the sedan's seat bolsters may prove to be somewhat intrusive for wider passengers. Passengers of average size should be fine in back, though larger folks will notice tight quarters compared to other midsize sedans. And although the rear seat is fine for two passengers, it's a tight squeeze for three. The lack of a center armrest and grab handles also compromises the experience for second-row travelers. The trunk offers 15.1 cubic feet of capacity, but the opening is narrow and the space is shallow.

Driving Impressions

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu strikes an excellent balance between ride and handling, exemplified by confident cornering and a smooth, quiet ride over varying types of pavement.

The four-cylinder engine achieves its frugal efficiency in part due to the use of an electric steering system. As these systems go, this is a good one, and several of our editors preferred the four-cylinder and its electric-assist steering to the optional V6 with its conventional hydraulic steering assist. Mated to the now-standard six-speed automatic, even the fuel-efficient four-cylinder Malibu should deliver enough power and response for most buyers. The V6 is much stronger of course, and is likely a better fit for those who place a premium on quickness.

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-VALVE, 4-CYLINDER VARIABLE VALVE TIMING MFI

    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Telematics
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Steel Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Wheel Covers

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped wit
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
  • Cup holders, dual front and rear
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Driver Information Center with driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display, trip odometer and programmable menu functions
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder Variable Valve Timing MFI uses gasoline only (169 hp [126.0 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 160 lb-ft of torque [216.0 N-m] @ 4500 rpm) (Standard for Retail order types in all states. Standard for Fleet or Government order types ordering YF5 or NE1 emissions. Not available for Fleet or Government order types in Federal emissions states.)
  • Fascia, front body-color
  • Fascia, rear body-color
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted

 

  • Grille, Black with chrome surround
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, engine temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Lighting, interior with front reading lights
  • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable Black, manual-folding
  • Moldings, body-color rocker
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat pretensioners
  • Seat adjuster, driver power lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster, driver power vertical height
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes Traction Control
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist , infinite assist for low and high speed maneuvers
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent

 

  • Tail lamps, incandescent
  • TAPshift manual shift control on shift knob
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire (Deleted when (ZFH) compact spare tire is ordered.)
  • Tires, 17" (43.2 cm) touring, blackwall
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Trunk release, power, interior
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Window trim, bright, side
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and rear passenger lockout
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
  • XM Radio is standard on nearly all 2011 GM models and includes 3 months of trial service. Get over 170 channels, including: commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, comedy, family and kids' channels, and much more. With XM's incredible range of programming, everything worth listening to is on XM (Requires a subscription sold separately by XM after the first 90 days. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia. Visit gm.xmradio.com for det