2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
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Key Specs

of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Energetic performance
  • Hatchback-style versatility
  • Modern design
  • Standard ABS

The Bad

  • Ordinary ride and handling
  • Old-fashioned overall feel
  • Backseat comfort
  • Lack of standout qualities

Notable Features of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

  • 201-hp V-6
  • Sliding and reclining rear seat
  • Rear liftgate
  • New 240-hp SS for 2006
  • Side-curtain airbags in upper models

2006 Malibu Maxx Video

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying


Very sporty and reliable. Excellent value !

by Tone DC Sports fan on August 22, 2018

This car is very sporty. It's good in all types of weather conditions and has excellent power. It also has very good gas mileage for a sporty hatchback with 3.6 Liter engine. Read full review


Unique, very sporty, powerful and good on gas !

by Wizard's fan on August 20, 2018

This is an excellent vehicle. It's very sporty, unique and powerful. The Malibu Maxx SS has a 3.9 Liter, V6 engine. It's a powerful engine, but runs on regular gas. Great value ! Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx has not been tested.

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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 Maxx 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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