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The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu clearly favors practicality and refinement, but that doesn’t completely preclude driving enjoyment.
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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10

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manages to tame twisty, rough roads with a surprising degree of body-motion control
Motor Trend

[Four-cylinder] offers ample power for urban maneuvers, effortlessly weaving through traffic on city streets and easily getting up to speed on the freeway

the LTZ V6's weightier hydraulic power steering and wider tires provide a sportier driving feel and better grip in fast turns
Consumer Guide

the Malibu goes down the road nicely, devoid of any harsh gear transitions or weird bursts of power at different points in the rev range

very good brake-pedal feel and response
Automobile Magazine

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu gives a first impression of poise and maturity, yet families probably won't be disappointed with the Malibu's performance, especially if they choose the V-6.

The standard four-cylinder engine in the Malibu makes 169 horsepower and is one of the more refined base engines when combined with the now-standard six-speed automatic transmission, though it's not at all fast. The potent 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 remains an option, providing a lot of kick and refinement for more demanding drivers. It's better suited for full loads or mountain passes, but it doesn't feel overtly sporty either.

Four-cylinder Malibus have a fuel-saving electric power steering system, but V-6 versions come with a hydraulic power steering that provides much better feedback, with a secure feel and reasonably good capability, even if the suspension is tuned more for comfort than performance.


The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu clearly favors practicality and refinement, but that doesn’t completely preclude driving enjoyment.

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