The Malibu lineup consists of three models: the base LS, midrange LT, and luxury-packed LTZ. The LS comes with enough goodies to suit most drivers, including power accessories, keyless entry, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls all fitted as standard. Splurge a little extra for the range-topping LTZ and you get a whole assortment of extra features such as remote start, automatic climate control, and a universal remote, plus a number of appearance extras like LED tail lamps and interior ambient lighting.
LT models get new wheels for 2011—17-inch bright-finish alloys in the 1LT and Chrome Tech alloys with the 2LT.
In 2011, the Malibu's OnStar telematics system has also been upgraded to include version 9.0 hardware and now includes six months of Directions and Connections service plus standard Turn-by-Turn navigation.
But when it comes to tech and connectivity, the Malibu, as other GM products, does it a little differently. Bluetooth is still part of the OnStar system (or optional, separately), but you have to move up to the top LTZ to get a USB port. Likewise, there's no screen-based, map-based nav system other than the OnStar one.