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$20,876
BASE MSRP
$21,975
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The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu offers a decent range of features at a good price, but it lacks a few of the options—such as a screen-based nav system—that rival mid-size sedans offer.
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a navigation system isn't on the options list, leaving you with OnStar and a glovebox of maps as your only recourse
Edmunds

Although the Malibu does have all the necessary features, including Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and a USB input, it lacks the glossy telematics to tie all these capabilities together.
Automobile Magazine

center stack layout is user-friendly
AutoWeek

stereo displays a station name or call letters above each preset key, rather than just a number
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While the Malibu includes a pretty strong set of standard features in all of its trim levels, it lacks a few of the high-end options that are now available in some rival mid-size models.

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.

Conclusion

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu offers a decent range of features at a good price, but it lacks a few of the options—such as a screen-based nav system—that rival mid-size sedans offer.

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