2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    169-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Decent handling
  • Distinctive styling
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Easy controls

The Bad

  • So-so cabin materials
  • Rear visibility
  • Small trunk opening
  • Turning circle
  • Weak four-cylinder

Notable Features of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors

2011 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Available in LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trims, the five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet's entry in the important midsize sedan segment. Its competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Chevrolet had offered a "mild hybrid" version of the Malibu, but that model was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

New for 2011
All models have a standard six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift controls. The standard OnStar system adds six months of the Directions and Connections Plan with turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Exterior
The Malibu features a prominent two-bar grille and squared-off rear. A glass sunroof is optional. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch wheels on LS and LT
  • Standard 18-inch wheels on LTZ
  • New 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels in 2LT V-6 package
  • V-6 model has dual chrome exhaust outlets


Interior
A variety of two-tone interior themes are available to accent the dashboard, center stack, door trim and seats. The instruments have blue backlighting, and a 110-volt power outlet is available. There's also an optional upgrade to a premium eight-speaker system. Interior features include:
  • Laminated glass to reduce cabin noise
  • Metallic accents
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio (subscription sold separately)
  • Bluetooth phone capability
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat in all models


Under the Hood
Engine options include a four-cylinder or V-6, both of which use variable valve timing to optimize performance and fue...
Vehicle Overview
Available in LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trims, the five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet's entry in the important midsize sedan segment. Its competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Chevrolet had offered a "mild hybrid" version of the Malibu, but that model was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

New for 2011
All models have a standard six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift controls. The standard OnStar system adds six months of the Directions and Connections Plan with turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Exterior
The Malibu features a prominent two-bar grille and squared-off rear. A glass sunroof is optional. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch wheels on LS and LT
  • Standard 18-inch wheels on LTZ
  • New 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels in 2LT V-6 package
  • V-6 model has dual chrome exhaust outlets


Interior
A variety of two-tone interior themes are available to accent the dashboard, center stack, door trim and seats. The instruments have blue backlighting, and a 110-volt power outlet is available. There's also an optional upgrade to a premium eight-speaker system. Interior features include:
  • Laminated glass to reduce cabin noise
  • Metallic accents
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio (subscription sold separately)
  • Bluetooth phone capability
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat in all models


Under the Hood
Engine options include a four-cylinder or V-6, both of which use variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. The Malibu's base four-cylinder is flex-fuel capable and now teams with a six-speed automatic in all models. Buyers get a significant horsepower gain by stepping up to the optional V-6, which also drives a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:
  • 169-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 158 pounds-feet of torque when running on gas
  • 252-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with 251 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed automatic with manual shift control
  • Variable electric power-assist steering standard


Safety
Stability control with brake assist is standard on all Malibu models. OnStar 9.0, which is now standard, features advanced automatic crash notification, remote diagnostics, a monthly status report and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Chevy says OnStar 9.0 has improved voice recognition for 2011. Safety features include:
  • Standard side curtain and side-impact airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

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(5.0)

Reliable, Comfortable, Smooth Ride.

by Levi Kenyon from ZANESVILLE on August 16, 2018

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Malibu received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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