2006 Chevrolet Malibu

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$16,365

starting MSRP

2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Interior space
  • Standard ABS on V-6 models
  • Ride comfort
  • Adjustable pedals available

The bad:

  • Mild-mannered handling
  • Lack of standout qualities
  • Old-fashioned overall feel

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LS

    $16,365

  • LT

    $17,865

  • SS

    $22,865

  • LTZ

    $23,065

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Chevrolet Malibu trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • FWD layout
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Electric power steering
  • New SS model for 2006
  • Available remote starter

2006 Chevrolet Malibu review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet redesigned the Malibu sedan for 2004 and moved it to General Motors’ Epsilon global platform, which promised a high degree of structural stiffness. Developers sought to give the new sedan a European flair in ride and handling qualities. In addition to the four-door Malibu, an extended-length Malibu Maxx hatchback is offered; that model is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Malibu buyers get a choice of four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V-6 power. Joining the group for 2006 is an SS series that features unique exterior and interior appointments, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels and a 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6. An uplevel LTZ model also is offered in 2006, and a new front appearance package is available.

Thorax side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are standard in the top-level LTZ, and both safety features are available in all other Malibu trims.

All Malibus but the SS have variable-assist electric power steering and a fully independent suspension; the SS features hydraulic power steering. Chevrolet offers a factory-installed remote starter that allows the driver to start the engine from up to 200 feet away.

Exterior
This Malibu was the first Chevrolet model to display the company’s next-generation family look. The automaker calls this “expressive styling,” which blends corporate heritage with European influence. The car features a chrome front bar and a gold bow tie emblem. Other badging was eliminated for a cleaner appearance. Body-colored mirrors, rocker panels and side moldings are mounted on the LT sedan. The LTZ sedan sports a rear spoiler.

Compared with its predecessor, the current version has a slightly wider stance. Mounted on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, the Malibu is 188.3 inches long overall. Those dimensions are comparable to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry’s, two of the Malibu’s foremost competitors. LS models ride 15-inch tires, the LT gets 16-inchers, and the new LTZ rides on 17-inch rubber. LTZ and SS models feature aluminum wheels.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Malibu, which has a flat-folding front passenger seat and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat. The trunk holds 15.4 cubic feet of cargo. A new four-spoke steering wheel is installed.

Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are standard in the LTZ and optional in the LT sedan. UltraLux and leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, a six-way power driver’s seat and automatic climate control are installed in the LTZ sedan.

Entertainment options include XM Satellite Radio. A driver information center integrated into the radio display permits the personalization of electrical features and can provide more than 15 warning messages. GM’s OnStar communication system is optional.

Under the Hood
A 144-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder goes into LS and LT models. A 3.5-liter V-6 that develops 201 hp and 221 pounds-feet of torque is standard in the LTZ. Both engines drive a four-speed-automatic transmission. A new 3.9-liter V-6 that makes 240 hp goes into the SS sedan.

Safety
Antilock brakes with traction control are standard on V-6-equipped models. Side curtain-type airbags, which protect front and rear occupants, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard in the LTZ and SS and available in other models.

Driving Impressions
The Malibu is devoid of unpleasant behavior, but don’t expect surprises or excitement in this car. Performance is more than adequate with the V-6, and the automatic transmission functions neatly. Space is ample and the seats are sufficiently comfortable.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Solid

Not much special, but it's a solid car. Bought at 39k, put 14k on it since then and hasn't given me any issues. My grandfather owned an 2007 in the same color so when I saw it, I had to have it. Definitely would recommend, not a speed demon but solid for commuting and/or long distance travel with its 26mpg.

4.4

Better than a rental

I bought my Malibu used it was a rental car with 29,000 miles on it. I drove it back & forth to work,really fun basic sedan, was a joy to drive, the only reason I sold it was it had a lot of miles on it

2.3

It's had a lot of problems since I've got fuel pum

I need help figuring out why my Malibu won't start? I had a fuel pump put in by and friend or so called friend and now it won't even power on

See all 59 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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