Best Bet
(4.1) 84 reviews
MSRP: $5,312$13,256
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 27
Engine: 169-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take on the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take

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 mo... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

4 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.