(4.5) 37 reviews
MSRP: $1,423$8,495
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 22-28
Engine: 144-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take on the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take

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 exten... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

Reviews

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 37 reviews

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Minimal maint and repair, and great MPG

by LTZ with 355,000, 1 repair of $300, w/33-36 mpg V6 from Colorado on June 27, 2010

Right front wheel assembly repair only. No transmission issues whatsoever. Brakes last 150,000 miles, tune-up at same mileage. This car just runs and runs. Consistently get 33 mpg, and in the summer, ... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
P

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
P
Driver Head and Neck
P
Driver Pelvis/Leg
M
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
P
Rear Passenger Head Protection
M
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
A
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 9 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

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