Used Sedan - 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT in Sarasota, Fl

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    About This 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT
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    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    Fuel Efficient Vehicle 30+ MPG
    Highway MPG
    Combined MPG: 28 - Efficient 30+ MPG
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $84.38*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
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    Located at Gulf Coast Auto of Sarasota in Sarasota, Fl.  Call Gulf Coast Auto of Sarasota today at 941-544-5115 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Mounted Audio Controls
    • Audio System$comma Am/fm Stereo With Cd Player And Mp3 Playback Seek-and-scan$comma Digital Clock$comma Auto-tone Control$comma Radio Data System (rds)$comma Automatic Volume$comma Theftlock$comma Auxiliary Input Jack And Cross-band Presets
    • Audio System Feature$comma 6-speaker System
    • Wheels$comma 17 (43.2 Cm) Ultra Bright Aluminum
    • Wipers$comma Front Intermittent$comma Variable$comma Speed-sensitive
    • Moldings$comma Body-color Rocker With Bright Inserts
    • Fascia$comma Front Body-color With Chrome Accent
    • Window Trim$comma Bright$comma Side
    • Tire Sealant And Inflator Kit In Place Of Spare Tire (deleted When (zfh) Compact Spare Tire Is Ordered.)
    • Grille$comma Black With Chrome Surround
    • Glass$comma Solar-ray Light-tinted
    • Tail Lamps$comma Incandescent
    • Headlamps$comma Halogen Composite With Crystalline-like Lenses And Automatic Exterior Lamp Control
    • Tires$comma 17 (43.2 Cm) Touring$comma Blackwall
    • Fascia$comma Rear Body-color With Chrome License Plate Bezel
    • Glass$comma Acoustic$comma Laminated
    • Door Handles$comma Body-color
    • Mirrors$comma Outside Power-adjustable Body-color$comma Manual-folding
    • Windows$comma Power With Driver Express-down And Rear Passenger Lockout
    • Door Locks$comma Power Programmable With Lockout Protection And Delayed Locking
    • Seat Adjuster$comma Driver Power Vertical Height
    • Tapshift Manual Shift Control On Shift Knob
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Map Pockets$comma Driver And Front Passenger Seatbacks
    • Sill Plate$comma Bright Accent
    • Instrumentation$comma Analog With Speedometer$comma Engine Temperature$comma Fuel$comma Tachometer And Prndl
    • Mirror$comma Inside Rearview Manual Day/night
    • Seat Adjuster$comma Driver Power Lumbar Control
    • Floor Mats$comma Carpeted Front And Rear
    • Cruise Control$comma Electronic With Set And Resume Speed
    • Cup Holders$comma Dual Front And Rear
    • Theft-deterrent System$comma Vehicle$comma Pass-key Iii+
    • Seat$comma Rear 60/40 Split-folding Seatback
    • Air Conditioning$comma Single-zone Manual
    • Lighting$comma Interior With Front Reading Lights
    • Theft-deterrent Alarm System$comma Content Theft Alarm
    • Lighting$comma Ambient$comma Front Interior Door Handles
    • Seats$comma Front Bucket With Custom Cloth Reclining Seatbacks And Adjustable Outboard Head Restraints
    • Visors$comma Driver And Front Passenger Vanity Mirrors$comma Covered
    • Trunk Release$comma Power$comma Interior
    • Driver Information Center With Driver Customization$comma Warning Messages And Vehicle Information Including Outside Temperature Display$comma Trip Odometer And Programmable Menu Functions
    • Power Outlets$comma 2 Auxiliary
    • Steering Wheel$comma 3-spoke With Mounted Cruise Controls
    • Console$comma Floor With Floor Shifter$comma Integral Sliding Armrest And Dual Storage Compartment
    • Defogger$comma Rear-window Electric
    • Steering Column$comma Tilt And Telescopic
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Battery$comma Maintenance-free With Rundown Protection
    • Transmission$comma 6-speed Automatic Electronically Controlled With Overdrive
    • Engine$comma Ecotec 2.4l Dohc$comma 16-valve$comma 4-cylinder Variable Valve Timing Mfi Uses Gasoline Only (169 Hp [126.0 Kw] @ 6400 Rpm$comma 160 Lb-ft Of Torque [216.0 N-m] @ 4500 Rpm) (standard For Retail Order Types In All States. Standard For Fleet Or Government Order Types Ordering Yf5 Or Ne1 Emissions. Not Available For Fleet Or Government Order Types In Federal Emissions States.)
    • Brakes$comma 4-wheel Antilock$comma 4-wheel Disc
    • Steering$comma Electric Power Steering (eps) Assist $comma Infinite Assist For Low And High Speed Maneuvers
    • Suspension$comma 4-wheel Independent
    • Automatic Crash Response (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Trunk Emergency Release Handle
    • Onstar Turn-by-turn Navigation (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Latch System (lower Anchors And Top Tethers For Children) For Child Safety Seats
    • Safety Belts$comma 3-point$comma All Seating Positions Includes Front Seat Pretensioners
    • Stabilitrak$comma Stability

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    2011 Chevrolet Malibu Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    2011 Chevrolet Malibu
    A solid midsize sedan as good as Toyota and Honda.


    The Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan blends a smooth ride with responsive handling, a quiet interior, effective crash performance and noteworthy build quality. We think the Malibu stands up well against the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the benchmarks for midsize sedans.


    Malibu offers a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines. A new fuel-saving 6-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift manual control is standard on all 2011 Malibu models. OnStar 9.0, the latest version with improved voice recognition, comes standard with six months of Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Other upgrades for 2011 Malibu models include 17-inch bright aluminum wheels on the Malibu 1LT, and 18-inch Chrome Tech aluminum wheels for the Malibu 2LT V6.


    Malibu offers value, with a lower purchase price, and good fuel economy: EPA City/Highway ratings of 22/33 mpg for the four-cylinder, 17/26 mpg for the V6.


    The cabin is nicely designed, attractive, and everything is easy to operate, though there are some hard plastics that detract from an otherwise first-rate interior. The seats are very comfortable, with plenty of front-seat room. The back seats offer generous legroom. Trunk space is tight, however.


    We found the Malibu pleasant to drive. It's smooth and comfortable, striking a nice balance between well-controlled handling and an even ride. It has with plenty of power when equipped with the V6.


    Choosing among the best midsize sedans largely comes down to nitpicking, splitting hairs and personal preferences. The Camry and Accord may have an edge on resale value, but they're also likely to come with higher price tags. In any case, we don't see the gap between this Chevrolet and the imports that we used to see. Malibu, Camry and Accord, and the Ford Fusion are all superb midsize sedans. The Chevrolet Malibu was last redesigned for the 2008 model year.


    The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu range includes the Malibu LS, Malibu LT, and Malibu LTZ. (The mild-hybrid model is no longer available.) The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic are standard and come with electric power steering. A 3.6-liter V6 is optional and it comes with hydraulic power steering.


    Malibu LS ($21,975) comes with air conditioning, cloth upholstery, power height-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, cruise control, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with XM satellite radio and auxiliary input jack, outside temperature display, automatic headlights, six months of OnStar 9.0 Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn navigation, and P225/50R17 tires on steel wheels.


    Malibu LT ($22,825) adds steering-wheel audio controls, ambient lighting, body-color mirrors, more bright trim, carpeted floor mats, new- for-2011 bright aluminum wheels, and a longer option list. Malibu 2LT ($25,235) makes more options available (including faux suede upholstery), and adds a standard bright exhaust tip and Chrome Tech wheels.


    Malibu LTZ ($27,015) upgrades to automatic climate control, leather upholstery and steering wheel, eight-way power driver's seat, six-way power passenger's seat, heated front seats, heated power mirrors, auto-dimming inside mirror, iPod adapter, eight-speaker 210-watt stereo system, Bluetooth, remote engine starting, fog lights, a manual rear sunshade, clear-lens LED taillamps and P225/50R18 tires on alloy wheels.


    Options include a power sunroof ($850), a dual-screen DVD rear entertainment system ($1,740), a 110-volt power outlet ($150), paint upgrades, and additional convenience features.


    Safety features are comprehensive, with front, side and side-curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitoring, ABS with brake assist, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control.


    The Malibu makes good use of its space, and also has an attractive wheels-at-the-corners look that is substantial, yet clean and crisp. A long wheelbase provides ample interior room for occupants and a smooth, quiet ride.


    The body design is bold, long and sleek, with an especially appealing roofline that looks like it belongs on a luxury car. The bodysides are completely clean and uncluttered, and the twin round taillamps pay homage to the Corvette. The dual-port grille is a contemporary Chevrolet design cue, which gives the Malibu a distinctive look, and distinction is an important goal of the midsize sedan designer. Look closely and you'll see tiny bowtie emblems imbedded in the headlights.


    The Malibu rides on a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars of varying diameters, depending on the model.


    The Chevrolet Malibu cabin is beautifully done, with tight fits and no gaps. Everything is within arm's reach and easy to operate. The instruments are easy on the eyes.


    The most noticeable interior feature of the Malibu, other than the roominess front and rear, is the dual-cowl dashboard and instrument panel layout inspired by vintage Corvettes. This design is brought into the 21st century with wood and metallic trim and a very pleasing blue-on-white instrumentation graphic treatment that's flooded with blue light at night.


    Less noticeable are thoughtful features such as ambient lighting. A feature associated with expensive luxury cars, and recently popularized by Mercedes and BMW, ambient lighting helps the driver and front passenger find secondary controls and items around the center console. A cubby on top of the dash is convenient for smaller items and is a very useful feature.


    Cloth, faux-suede and leather interior options are available. The standard interiors are monotone, but several two-tone interior combinations are available, including a dramatic black-and-saddle leather combination that's very attractive.


    We found the leather seats in the Malibu LTZ quite comfortable. Piping in a contrasting tone dresses them up. The front bucket seats are somewhere between sumptuous and luscious in the way they look and the way they sit, and are very comfortable and supportive.


    The long wheelbase affords each occupant plenty of room, and there is ample headroom and legroom in the rear compartment for six-foot-plus passengers. The backs of the front seats are dished out to add knee room. The rear seatbacks flip down to provide a pass-through to the trunk.


    While the trunk has 15.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, the stylish rear pillars are pushed to the far back of the car, creating a small trunk opening that won't accept large boxes.


    Cubby storage includes a dashtop storage bin, door cubbies, and seatback pockets. We've never cared for roll-up sliding covers on center consoles due to their ability to attract crumbs, dust and debris. Ambient lighting for the overhead console and door-pull pockets adds convenience.


    Overall, the Malibu interior is attractive and comfortable. The quality of the interior materials is good. It doesn't bowl you over, nor does it reek of cheap plastic. We think the Malibu's interior compares well to the cabin of the Honda Accord. In fact, it may be more attractive, though the material on the steering wheel hub and the hard plastic on the lower dash aren't as nice. However, the Malibu has an attractive leather shift boot when the leather upholstery is chosen, and the Accord does not.


    Every Malibu comes with satellite radio and the latest version of OnStar with Turn-by-Turn navigation. However, there's no GPS navigation system, nor is there a back-up camera. Chevrolet says many people prefer to use their portable GPS units and relatively few want to pay for an OEM navigation system. We've heard that view from respectable drivers, but we prefer in-dash units. We've found OnStar works well, however, and we encourage owners to try it.


    Big knobs and buttons and an elegant design make operating the audio and climate functions easy. In fact, we found it easier and less confusing to make adjustments in the Malibu than in a comparably equipped (without navigation) Honda Accord. The Honda seemed less intuitive and convenient, the Chevrolet seemed more intuitive and convenient. Unlike the Accord, the Malibu has the audio controls at the top, which is better because people tend to fiddle with sound systems more than temperature controls.


    Remote starting is available. This lets the driver start the car by pressing a button on the key fob from the comfort of the house on wintry mornings, allowing the car to warm up while the driver sits inside sipping coffee. That same feature can be used with air conditioning on sweltering summer afternoons.


    Driving Impression
    The suspension soaked up rough Mississippi farm roads with grace and competence, and kept the car straight and flat without a lot of pitching and body roll. On pockmarked Chicago streets, though, we did experience some jolts in the rear suspension, but they were pretty rough streets.


    The steering is reasonably quick and precise, but without much real road feel. The steering wheel is a bit too large in diameter for our preferences; a smaller steering wheel would give a sportier feel.


    The V6 is smooth and quiet and very pleasant, indeed. The thoroughly modern V6 has 252 horsepower and delivers performance that is good, if not sparkling. Most families will find no shortage of power or performance. With the V6, the 6-speed automatic is quick to shift, up and down, smooth, lurch-free and quiet.


    With the V6 engine, the driveline exhibits some torque-steer at full throttle: Stand on the gas when turning at low speed, turning right from a stop sign, for example, and you'll feel a tug on the steering wheel.


    The Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder is not as sprightly as the four-cylinder engines offered by Honda or Nissan, lacking their torque. However, the Malibu's four-cylinder is aided greatly from having the 6-speed automatic.


    The 6-speed automatic works well with the four-cylinder engine. Having six gears increases fuel economy and improves acceleration. Plus, it comes with GM’s TAPshift manual shift control, controlled by rocker switch on shift knob, allowing drivers to shift down to a lower gear manually when planning to pass.


    The four-cylinder engine comes with electric power steering, to save drag on the engine, which helps both fuel economy and performance, while the V6-powered models come with hydraulic power steering. A no-cost option makes the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine E85-compatible, meaning it can operate on either gasoline or a mixture that includes up to 85 percent ethanol.


    The Chevrolet Malibu has the size, room, features and conveniences a family sedan needs. The rear seats are roomy. Fit and finish inside and out are world-class. We think the Malibu stands up well to the best in its class, including the Camry and Accord.


    NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report after test driving Malibu models around Memphis and down into Mississippi; with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles, and Kirk Bell in Chicago.


    Model Lineup
    Chevrolet Malibu LS ($21,975); 1LT ($22,825), 2LT ($25,235); LTZ ($27,015).


    Assembled In
    Kansas City, Kansas.


    Options As Tested
    power sunroof ($850).


    Model Tested
    Chevrolet Malibu LTZ ($27,015).The award winning Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction and practicality, with clean, contemporary styling. The 2011 Malibu has three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. All models come with a 169-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Optional on the LT and LTZ is a 252-hp, 3.6-liter V6, matched with a high torque six-speed automatic. The Malibu comes with standard safety features such as seat-mounted thorax airbags, side-curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Bluetooth is standard on the LTZ, optional on the LT. The distinctive and classy Chevrolet Malibu carries over from 2010 with some changes. The four-speed automatic transmission on the LS has been upgraded to a six-speed and TAPshift manual shift control is now standard on all trims. The LT includes 17" aluminum wheels.

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