The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu is now exclusively offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This is the smaller of Chevy's two midsize sedans. Trim levels include LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The standard powertrain for all models is a 169-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The LS' 4-speed automatic has been discontinued. Note that a version of the 4-cylinder engine that can run on E85 ethanol-blended fuel is available only to fleet buyers. Optional on the 2LT and LTZ is a 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that also teams with a 6-speed automatic. Available safety features on all Malibus include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags. A power driver seat, remote engine start, and a wireless cell-phone link are optional on the 1LT and standard on the 2LT and LTZ. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard on the LTZ. Dual-screen DVD entertainment is optional on all but the LS.
Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 11:08 AM