The Chevrolet Malibu, or Chevy Malibu, is a car produced by General Motors' Chevrolet division. The current Malibu is designed as a family-friendly vehicle, although the original version was generally considered a muscle car. This car was discontinued by the company at one point but has been reintroduced with some success. This mid-size car is known to have good fuel economy and comfortable front seats, but it has been criticized for poor rear-seat comfort and the quality of its interior materials.
The 2011 Chevy Malibu has a 16.4-gallon fuel tank and is rated for 22 city miles and 33 highway miles per gallon of fuel. The Malibu has four doors and can seat up to five people. This car has a gas 4-cylinder engine and can produce 169 horsepower. The Chevrolet Malibu comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and is front-wheel drive. Malibus are currently assembled in Kansas City, Kansas and Lake Orion, Michigan.
The first generation Malibu was released in 1964 as a subseries of the Chevrolet Chevelle and had a more luxurious interior than many of its competitors. In 1968, the second generation Malibu was introduced with a very different style from the previous generation. The third generation Malibu was offered as a Chevelle trim and was released in 1973. In 1978, the fourth generation Malibu replaced the Chevelle and had a much more efficient design. The Malibu was discontinued in 1983, but reappeared in 1997 as a fifth generation model. This generation was front-wheel drive and began using a better engine. The sixth generation began in 2004 and included a five-door station wagon body design known as the Malibu Maxx. The current seventh generation began in 2008 with a new design and longer wheelbase.
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu comes in four trim levels, which are the Malibu LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The LS is the entry-level model and has the lowest price and best fuel-efficiency as well as a decent number of features. The 1LT adds a few things like steering wheel audio controls and different body accents. The 2LT has some luxury features, such as heated front seats, a remote starter, and a review mirror that automatically dims. The LTZ is the high-end model and includes LED taillights, automatic climate control, a Bose radio, and other extras.
The Chevy Malibu was listed as a Consumers Digest Best Buy" as well as being listed as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This car generally has good reviews. The Chevrolet Malibu's fuel-efficiency and pleasing, family-friendly design have contributed to its success.
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