2001 Malibu New Car Test Drive
Once upon a time, the Chevy Malibu was known as a sporty car for true fun seekers. But that was a long time ago. These days, the revived Malibu nameplate is known for its combination of comfort, quietness, practicality and affordability.
A five-passenger mid-size family sedan, it competes head-to-head with the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry--the best-selling cars in America. But even with that kind of competition, the Malibu makes a good showing, with more than 215,000 sold annually.
Out on the road, Malibu also provides a good account of itself, boasting fine power and handling, with a V6 engine that comes standard on all models.
For 2001, Chevrolet has revised the exterior styling, updated the interior, and added some convenience features.
The Malibu comes in two trim lines, base and LS. Both come standard with a 3.1-liter V6 engine.
The base model, priced at $17,020 (plus a $585 destination charge), offers a respectable line of standard equipment features: air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, 4-speed automatic transmission, rear-seat child security locks, battery rundown protection, AM/FM stereo, tilt steering column and tachometer. Power door locks and electric rear defogger now come standard on the base model.
The LS, priced at $19,300 (again, plus a $585 destination charge), comes with a nicer cloth interior. It also comes standard with a lot of equipment we take for granted nowadays: power windows with driver's side Express-Down feature, dual remote electric outside rear view mirrors, cruise control, 6-way power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, and custom cloth bucket seats.