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LTZ Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 30 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, 3.5L 3500 V6 SFI (201 HP [150 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 221 lb.-ft. [298.4 N-m] @ 3200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive (Includes electronic range selector.)
  • Traction Control, all-speed
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance free, includes rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Tires, P225/50R17, all-season, blackwall
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum, clad bright chrome
  • Steering, electric power steering assist (EPS)
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Traction Control
  • Fuel capacity, approximate, 16 gallon (61 liters)

Exterior Features

  • Skylight, fixed rear, above rear seat passengers, includes retractable shade
  • Fascias, front and rear, body-color
  • Spoiler, rear, includes rear wiper
  • Moldings, bodyside, body-color with chrome
  • Moldings, rocker, body-color
  • Headlamps, halogen, composite, includes crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Mirrors, outside rearview, power, heated, body color, foldaway
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light tinted
  • Wipers, variable intermittent, speed-sensitive, front
  • Door handles, body-color

Interior Features

  • Seats, front UltraLux and Leather-appointed bucket, includes reclining seatback and adjustable head restraints
  • Seats, rear Multi-Flex 60/40 forward and rearward sliding, independently reclines and folds down
  • Seats, heated, driver and front passenger
  • Seat, front passenger, flat-folding
  • Seat adjuster, power, driver 6-way
  • Seat adjuster, manual lumbar, driver
  • Armrest, rear, includes dual cupholders and storage
  • Console, floor, includes floor shifter, integral armrest and storage compartment
  • Floormats, carpeted, front and rear
  • Pedals, power, adjustable, gas and brake
  • Steering wheel, 4-spoke, leather-wrapped with mounted audio and cruise controls, includes leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Steering column, tilt/telescoping
  • Instrumentation, analog, includes speedometer, engine temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
  • Driver Information Center, driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information
  • Windows, power, includes driver express-down and rear passenger lockout
  • Door locks, power programmable, includes lockout protection and delayed locking
  • Remote vehicle starter system, includes the functionality of (AP8) Keyless entry, remote, enhanced
  • OnStar, one-year of Safe and Sound Service. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Emergency Services, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Accident Assist and Remote Horn and Lights. Also featuring Hands-Free Calling (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com for system limitations and details. Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.)
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, includes cancel feature
  • Decklid release, power, interior
  • Lift-Gate release, power, interior
  • Theft-deterrent system, PASS-Key III Plus
  • Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Air conditioning, front automatic climate control
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric
  • Sound system, ETR AM/FM stereo with CD player, includes Radio Data System (RDS), seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume, TheftLock, outside temperature display, trip odometer, Driver Information Center, warning messages, and programmable menu functions
  • Sound system feature, 6-speakers
  • Sound system feature, rear audio controls, includes 2 headphone jacks and 2-sets of wireless headphones
  • Cupholders, dual front and rear
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, 1 front, 1 inside center console and 1 rear cargo area
  • Mirror, inside rearview, auto dimming with compass
  • Visors, illuminated vanity mirrors, driver and front passenger, covered
  • Assist handles, rear outboard passenger
  • Lighting, reading lights, front
  • Lighting, reading lights, rear
  • Map pocket, seatback, driver-side
  • Map pocket, seatback, front passenger
  • Cargo panel, rear, multi-functional with 4 positions, including one that forms a table

Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Traction Control
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right front passenger. Air bags, thorax, side-impact, seat mounted, driver and right front passenger. Air bags, head curtain side, front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and proper child restraints, even with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the Owners Manual for more safety information.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, includes front seat pretensioners
  • LATCH system, (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Door locks, child security, rear
  • Traction Control, all-speed
  • Daytime running lamps

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

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Chevy Malibu is definitely a great car for the money.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

This car has been good to us. We've owned it since 2013 and have not had any issues with it. It is comfortable enough for long trips, as we travel to Texas and Colorado a lot from Kansas. Lots of legroom, plenty of trunk space and rides/handles great. The heated seats may be my favorite feature. My least favorite thing is the fact that the mirrors do not defrost. Living in Kansas, that is important.

- Erin R

Chevy Malibu Ltz 2006 front wheel drive

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

The room in the back seat is very spacious. Definitely love the feature of the split seats in the back which allows for hauling long items in the trunk. The seating is very comfortable on long rides. Love the fact of the side airbags for extra security. The most issue is the wearing of the brake pads. The radiator is pretty easy to dent if any sort of animal is hit while driving.

- Candice R

The truck space is the best part. I can fit my own groceries and my daughters.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

The dashboard keeps going out and I don't know my speed or gas. The car wheel can be sticky a bit sometimes. Overall I love my car and I have lots of room in the truck. The back seat fits three people but not very comfortably. The plastic on the shift is starting to get sticky from the years of wear and tear.

- Ashley K

Very reliable nice looking car. Love driving it.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

Fuel gauge not working and is leaking oil. Runs and drives really well. Has over 230,000 miles on it and is still a great vehicle. It is very reliable it starts every time. The small issues it has with it does not affect how it runs at all. Very comfortable vehicle and handles very well.

- Brittany M

My amazing Malibu and my long journey with it

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

No problems so far. Very reliable. Comfortable and cute car. Has very good gas mileage and gas lasted a very long time. Does well on the highway. Has a trunk with lots of room. Plenty of seats. Good stereo system. Attractive exterior. Very hardy and does not get damaged easily.

- Kylie M

It's just not driven enough.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

It is a silver 4 door sedan. It's loaded. It's been a decent car. It only has 125000 miles on it. But it needs work, like struts, tie rod, but runs good. Does not smoke or use a lot of oil. Also gas hand is broke. Its a 6 cylinder and gets pretty good gas mileage.

- Kathy B

Reliable and compact, yet sturdy vehicle.

2006 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

Vehicle picks up speed very quickly, and loves to be driven on the freeway. Most of the problems I had early on were minor (tires, etc), just this year a more serious repair was required (leak in fuel tank). So spacious! And surprisingly expansive trunk room.

- Melanie K

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