The four-cylinder Malibu was updated with a six-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and throttle response for this model year. Otherwise, Malibu remains well rounded overall. The car handles well and has a competent powertrain, along with a very quiet, spacious and well-trimmed cabin.
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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

"Fine to drive, easy handling, good acceleration at speed (avoidance mostly)."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Harsh and noise ride"

GERALD G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The 2.4 litre 4 cylinder motor is smooth but under-powered. The handling is good for a larger sedan."

JAMES W., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I love the option of shifting to manual drive when I'm driving on curvey roads through the mountains. When using that option I can accelerate quicker and have more control decelerating while sparing the brakes."

CATHY M., CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Generally pretty good"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Ride is somewhat rough, although the roughness does not transmit to the steering wheel."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Sometimes car hesitates when accelerating or merging into traffic which on a few occasions has almost caused an accident."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"acceleration an handling is excellent."

JOSEPH M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration and handling are OK, but ride is somewhat rough and road noise is excessive."

JAMES P., VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The side mirrors are so large that they hinder the roadway view when turning."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I never thought a four-cylinder could make me this happy, but it had done an excellent job."

MICHAEL B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Drives great"

FRANK B., NC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"doesn't accelerate up hills well"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The acceleration of this vehicle is limited when going into 4th gear for the overall size which makes me think I should have chosen a bigger engine like V6 if it was offered. The aerodynamic look and feel of this car along with the miles per gallon is awesome so this makes up for lack of acceleration in my opinion."

MARY M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I love the way my malibu handles. Easy to drive, good in bad road conditions and comfortable besides being sharp looking!"

CHERYL B., KY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Though a 4 cylinder engine, this car has better pickup than my 6 cylinder. Very maneuverable, with tight turning capacity. I will pass the speed limit very easily as it rides so very smooth."

PAUL W., AL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Winter snow-ice is makes handling a little difficult when manuevering on tight streets."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Not as good as other brands"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It has the V6 engine which gives it good acceleration and fuel economy on the highway. The handling is responsive and the breaking good."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Surprisingly very quick acceleration for a 4 cylinder engine. Very smooth ride with moderate but acceptable road noise. Handling is good with responsive steering, tight turning radius, and ability to park in tight areas."

Paul W., AL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Six cylinder engine makes this car very powerful...more power than needed, costly fuel use, next car gets a 4 cylinder turbo."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It has a very comfortable ride and good steering feel. The trend, promoted by car magazines, of wanting sedans that drive well on the race track but rough on the highway is not one we subscribe to."

Anonymous, NB (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This vehicle has a 3.8 L engine which provides plenty of pick up and go along with instant acceleration when needed. On a trip to Madison Wisconsin from Chicago recently, the gas mileage was approximately 30 miles per gallon."

Ben H., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It has pretty good acceleration and handling. The turning circle seems larger than I would expect form a midsize car."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Acceleration is decent for a 4 cylinder engine and handling is predictable"

Gerald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It takes a long time for the air conditioning to cool the car in warm weather. The car shimmies when I'm driving. There are a lot of blind spots. The front window defroster a do not work very well. Bluetooth doesn't work."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Leather seat split and I had warranty problems with the dealership. They didn't seem to be interested in solving the problem nor in covering the problem under the warranty which was a bumper to bumper one."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This year Malibu is very cramped. I hit my head constantly when I get in and it feels awkward getting out. The trunk opening is too small, it barely lets you slide in a large suitcase although the trunk has plenty of room. The 2012 model improved on these issues, I wish I had waited"

SHARON S., KY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Rear seats are uncomfortable & rear space is limited"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are automatic Slow acceleration on hills Car is too low to the ground Not enough room inside"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The front seats are very comfortable. The climate control (manual system) does a very good job. The car is quiet and has an excellent ride."

MICHAEL B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"difficult to get in and out (access not good) vibration rattle when idling that has defied detection after three dealer checks mass air sensor problem that resulted in being towed (only 50,000 miles)??"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are very uncomfortable"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Though a tight fit for me (170 lb, 6' male) it is a very comfortable compartment with all controls available. However, I wish they would make the lettering on the controls more indelible as they wear off very quickly."

PAUL W., AL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are not as comfortable as I would like; they seem too narrow"

WAYNE W., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The ride is not good. Feel every bump in the rode. This even applies to when car was new."

JUDITH M., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Comfort includes height of the seating and entry to seating, able to adjust drivers seat and steering wheel for long drives."

CHARLENE M., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"2011 doesn't have telescoping steering wheel that 2008 did."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Passenger seat does not have electronic controls or lumbar support as the driver's seat does. Also no climate control in this vehicle."

REED F., UT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I have a hard time adjusting the seat so its comfortable for my back and neck. The head rest pushes my head forward."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"seating in front seats is a little confining, i.e., squeezing the cheeks. Local mpg is disconcerting because it rarely exceeds 19-20 mpg"

JOSEPH M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Difficult to get in and out of with back and neck trouble. Once inside it is great."

SAM L., MS (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"front passenger seat is quite uncomfortable on long trips"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It is hard to get comfortable in the front seats"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Roomy seating smooth ride."

Mark G., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The sinthetic leather seats get tiring on long trips. The outside air seems loud and the A/C blowes too hard for too long."

Raymond P., VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Driver's seat frame broke after 5 years; had to be replaced at cost of $1500."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very Comfortable car. I have been very satisfied."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"An excellent road car—generally comfortable even after eight hours of travel"

Arthur S., ME (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Needs a little more head room."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"What I really like about the ride is how smooth it really is after all these years. And the seats are easy to keep clean"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"In and out access not easy and seat comfort could be better! Love GM cars but their seats are always less than comfortable! I am more comfortable in a 2015 Corolla than my Malibu and this includes long trips!"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This vehicle has multiple adjustments that all appear to work well and seat heaters that have proven to be dependable and work quickly. The car is very quiet inside which was a great change from other vehicles I have driven. The ride is good, but the glare due to the angle of the front windshield is somewhat annoying."

Maureen J., BC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"They are not adjustable up, or down."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Aside from a sometimes noisy suspension and poor quality wheel bearings we like the car very much. Hopefully GM has fixed these issues and don't see them as post-sale profit centers."

Anonymous, NB (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are comfortable but the ride is noisey and harsh."

Gerald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Seats are too low & lean back too much. Very uncomfortable for a short oetson"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The LTZ leather seats are two-tone and look great. They are very comfortable for long trips. Fully adjustable electrically., and they are heated."

Harry P., NC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"The 2011 Malibu has plenty of space for 5 passengers. The engine , though somewhat underpowered, is quiet and smooth. The transmission likes to stay in lower gears around town, so delivers poor gas mileage."

JAMES W., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very good with negotiation Tru Value, Gm card rewards and mfg rebates"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It is reliable, rides well and is reasonable priced"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Do not buy the extended warranty cause Crosstown Chevrolet did not honour it to its fullest. Never offered a rental when it was in for warranty work and at the curtosy desk, one specific staff very rhude and loud and would not allow your car for servicing or schedule an appointment."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I primarily bought this car because of the free maintenance offered as it was a certified used car package and only had 5K miles when i bought it."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Purchased below invoice plus rebates plus gm credit card cash"

David S., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It was a very good value for the vehicle I received. I have owned this car for over 7 years, and I expect to own it for another 3 years at least."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Has been a very good car. Other than normal maintenance have had no issues."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It has been a great car. Very reliable and durable."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great small car VERY dependable, just installed fourth set of tires (182000 mi.) decent mileage 18 city 24 highway. It still rides acceptable"

Stephen K., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Got a great buy and have not had problems or issues with this car."

William H., NC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Very good ride and handling with a very reasonable level of standard equipment for the price."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"I was able to use points from my GM credit card to help pay for this car. That saved me over $1000. The car has been very reliable, with no repairs required other than normal maintenance. However fuel economy is much less than I expect.."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This was a great car for the price. Have only had a few issues, most related to the brake rotor shake. I believe GM could use a better quality brake rotor to prevent that issue."

Timothy S., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"This vehicle has been dependable and all I have put into this car besides regular oil changes are a water pump at around 62000 Mi, tires, and Brakes at around 70 mm MI. I absolutely love this car."

Ben H., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"It is a lot of vehicle for the price. There are a lot of features the car has that weren't on previous versions of it."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I do like the exterior design, Sporty sleek ,"

SHARON S., KY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Net rigor trim seems cheap"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"the roof line and the paint"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"Great style go lines"

FRANK B., NC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"nice lines to exterior"

PATRICK V., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)
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