The Malibu is a solid, well-rounded sedan. Roomy, it offers easy cabin access, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride. Its V6 engine delivered quick acceleration and competitive fuel economy among competing V6 family sedans. While overall crash protection is average, the Malibu received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Considering normal wear and tear, it has been a good car"

Bruce B., MA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the V6 has plenty of power for passing on 2 lane roads and still gets excellent mileage"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Handles very will. It is a Maxx, basically an Opal of German design"

R G., OH (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"When driving in the snow I like the Low gear and the down shifting button on the shift knob."

Joanne S., CO (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is adequate, handling is very responsive. Adequate engine power for a small 6 cylinder model."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It drives nicely and smooth"

A R., IL (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Excellent overall"

ROBERT E., AB (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Quick acceleration in SS model. Handles well with premium tires."

DENNIS D., NY (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The acceleration and handling are the best thing about this car. I live in the Siskiyou mountains and it has performed well in this area."

MICHELLE A., OR (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I enjoy driving this car. It's handling and acceleration suits my driving style very well."

MARY C., VA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Slower acceleration than expected from 0-30"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Powerful acceleration"

GREG B., PA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It is a lot of fun to drive due to it's quick acceleration and handling. I also like the throaty sound of the exhaust."

DEBRA B., MO (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Our Malibu has a v-6 engine so it accelerates and drives smoothly."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Good mpg up to 31. low was about 23"

Gary H., IA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"power engine should be a little bigger"

George S., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It has been a good car for nine years with great acceration"

Bruce B., MA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Power adjust and heated seats help my back and bottom even in the cold"

Stanley W., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Ride is very smooth and relatively quiet for this vehicle."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Pretty quiet ride for what is now an older car. Seats are comfortable."

Greg B., PA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The ride is smooth, handling is responsive. Acceleration is adequate for this small 6 cylinder model. Suspension is normal. Difficult to get in and out of on driver's side due to mobility limitations. Have owned this used car for 9 years. Mechanically sound. Interior lights malfunctions (dome, gear shift, when opening door(s). Electronic side view Mirrors function not working. Have had to replace the hood latch lever cable 3 times. Engine performs well. No xxxxxxxx to check transmission fluid (incased)."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Too much road noise"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I have had an intermittent rattling noise in the passenger side dashboard area when driving over 30 mph that Chevrolet would never correct under warranty. It can be very irritating at times."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The seats have always been uncomfortable on long rides."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Adjustable seats. Contour of seats. Excellent climate control on SS model offers upgrade compared to other trim levels. Good ride on recommended tires. Cowl noise, common on these Malibus, was repaired by dealer and has mostly quited down."

DENNIS D., NY (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Getting rougher riding and road noise. But it 12 years old."

Gary H., IA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Overall good value for money spent on vehicles"

ROBERT E., AB (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"high way gas mpg is 30 plus, around town 22 mpg Acceleration Handling very good and have had favorable comments even now about looks. normal expected brake replacement etc"

C Y., OH (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Got an outstanding price- $5,000 below MSRP. Great content for what we paid. Rides and handles like our 1990 Audi 100 did but with a more powerful and smoother engine, wish it had a manual transmission to up the fun factor/"

CHARLES P., IL (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The car is 11 years old. Aside from the initial cost and general maintenance, the car has only cost me about $800"

Stanley W., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Unusual looking car since it's a SS. Not many on the road."

GREG B., PA (2006 Chevrolet Malibu)
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