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9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu’s good fuel economy, spacious interior and high safety scores make it a solid choice among 2011 midsize cars. The Malibu also won our 2011 Best Midsize Car for the Money award.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Spacious interior
  • Uncomfortable rear seat
  • Some complaints of cheap cabin materials

2011 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

When it was new, test drivers liked its balanced ride, and they thought the Malibu’s base engine offered sufficient power, though its middle-of-the-road performance didn’t stand out in a good or bad way. Reviewers also liked the Malibu’s sleek, eye-catching exterior and interior style, big trunk and intuitive interior controls.

There were a few things that disappointed test drivers, like cheap plastics and thin cushioning inside the cabin. Some thought the back seat was a little uncomfortable as well. Another potential negative is the 2011 Malibu’s lack of a navigation system, even as an option. Chevrolet’s OnStar turn-by-turn directions offer similar functionality, but this service requires a paid subscription.

The front-wheel drive 2011 Malibu has a four- or six-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are standard on the 2011 Malibu. Standard tech features include satellite radio, OnStar turn-by-turn navigation (which requires a paid subscription) and remote keyless entry. Higher trim levels add features like Bluetooth, remote car start, a USB port, heated front seats, sunroof, Bose audio system and leather upholstery. At up to 22/33 mpg city/highway, the Malibu’s fuel economy is good for the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re shopping for a used midsize car that will add some spice to your daily commute, auto critics agreed that the 2011 Mazda6 should be on your list. Reviewers were impressed with its athletic handling and powerful optional V6 engine when the Mazda6 was new. Additionally, the Mazda6 won points for its voluminous interior and trunk.

The 2011 Ford Fusion is roomy and practical, but reviewers thought it was also fun to drive. Available features, like all-wheel drive and Ford’s Sync voice-activated infotainment system help the Fusion one-up its competition. The Ford Fusion was also named our 2011 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families.

Compare the Malibu to the Mazda6 and Fusion »

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