The Malibu's front seats are among the most comfortable in the mid-size sedan class, while the back offers more legroom than most rivals. In back, you can pack three bigger-framed adults for shorter trips—something that's not true for all mid-size sedans—and contouring is also adult-sized.
There are plenty of compliments for the look and feel of the materials used in the cabin of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Upholstery and trims feel like they could be used in a more expensive vehicle, and switchgear leaves a high-quality impression. A deep center console, several smaller storage spaces, and a 110-volt rear outlet add utility.
With respect to ride quality and interior noise, the 2011 Malibu is one of the most refined vehicles in its class. Both engines are well isolated, and ride quality ranges from firm but well-damped for some of the V-6 models with lower-profile tires to cushy for base four-cylinder models. Additional sound-damping measures include specially laminated window glass, acoustic insulation, and composite liners for the wheel wells.