2690 Crater Lake Hwy Medford, OR 97504 541-973-2070
850 down 198 per mth
  • 4dr Sdn LTZ
  • Red
  • Leather
  • 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Automatic
  • FWD
  • 125,765
  • 4825
  • 1G1ZE5E14BF277489

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K&B Auto Complex

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2690 Crater Lake Hwy

Medford, OR 97504

541-973-2070

No Accidents Reported
CARFAX 1-Owner
3 Service History Records
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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.

Model Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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.

Interior Features

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 Impressions



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Vehicle Options

  • Air conditioning- single-zone automatic climate control
  • Audio system feature- Bose premium sound system
  • Battery- maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Bluetooth for phone- personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Brakes- 4-wheel antilock- 4-wheel disc
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Console- floor with floor shifter- integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
  • Cup holders- dual front and rear
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger- rear-window electric
  • Door handles- chrome
  • Driver Information Center with driver customization- warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display- trip odometer and programmable menu functions
  • Fascia- rear body-color with chrome license plate bezel
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass- acoustic- laminated
  • Glass- Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Grille- Silver with chrome surround
  • Headlamps- halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Instrumentation- analog with speedometer- engine temperature- fuel- tachometer and PRNDL
  • Lighting- ambient- front interior door handles
  • Lighting- interior rear reading lights
  • Lighting- interior with front reading lights
  • Map pockets- driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Mirror- inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
  • Mirrors- outside heated power-adjustable- body-color- manual-folding
  • Moldings- body-color rocker with bright inserts
  • Seat adjuster- driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster- driver power lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster- driver power vertical height
  • Seat adjuster- passenger 6-way power
  • Seat- rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
  • Seats- heated driver and front passenger
  • Shift knob- leather-wrapped
  • Sill plate- bright accent
  • StabiliTrak- stability control system with brake assist- includes Traction Control
  • Steering column- tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel controls- mounted audio controls
  • Suspension- 4-wheel independent
  • Tail lamps- LED illumination
  • TAPshift manual shift control on shift knob
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system- content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system- vehicle- PASS-Key III+
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire (Deleted when (ZFH) compact spare tire is ordered.)
  • Tires- 18" (45.7 cm) touring- blackwall
  • Trunk mat- carpeted
  • Trunk release- power- interior
  • Visors- driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors- covered
  • Wheels- 18" (45.7 cm) 10-spoke- bright finish aluminum
  • Window shade backglass- manual- roll-away in rear shelf panel
  • Window trim- bright- side
  • Windows- power with driver Express-Down and Up and rear passenger lockout
  • Wipers- front intermittent- variable- speed-sensitive
  • Condition Report


    Mechanical Condition
    Body: Excellent
    Electrical: Excellent
    Brakes: Excellent
    Tires: Excellent
    Engine: Excellent
    Suspension: Excellent
    Paint: Excellent
    Transmission: Excellent
    Interior: Excellent
    Exhaust: Excellent
    Cosmetic Condition
    Cleanliness: Extra Clean
    Odor: No Odor
    Dings:
    Dents:
    Paint Chips:
    Windshield Chips:
    Vehicle Condition
    Title Status: Clean
    Vehicle Rating: Clean
    Vehicle History: No Accidents

    Warranty


    Type: Bumper-to-Bumper
    Term: 30 Days
    Miles: 1,000
    Warranty Description:

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