2001 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews
The conservatively styled Malibu is Chevrolet’s mainstay midsize sedan now that the Lumina is sold only to fleet buyers.
A rear window defogger and power door locks are new standard features on the base model. Stereo units with cassette and/or CD players add the Radio Data System, which displays weather and traffic emergency warnings and allows station selection based on the type of programming.
Available only in four-door styling, the Malibu is 190 inches bumper to bumper — an inch or so longer than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of its key rivals.
Bucket seats are standard, and a front bench is not available. The Malibu’s spacious rear seat has more legroom than the Lumina and nearly as much as some full-size sedans. The split rear seatback folds to expand the trunk’s already spacious 17-cubic-foot capacity, and the trunk has a wide, low opening for easy loading.
Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, stereo radio and theft-deterrent system.
Under the Hood
A 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 170 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission are now standard on both Malibu models. Antilock brakes, a feature that is optional on several competitors’ vehicles, are also standard.
Short on thrills and frills but long on practicality and value, the Malibu offers acceptable performance, ample space and a lot of features for a reasonable price. The styling is middle-of-the-road bland, but if you can get beyond the nondescript look, this car is a pretty good deal compared to rivals like the Accord, Camry and Ford Taurus
|Rick Popely for cars.com|