...Powertrains and Performance: Standard on the Malibu Maxx LT and LTZ is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 200 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. The SS features a potent 3.9-liter V6 with 240 hp and 241 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic is the only transmission available, and the SS includes a manual-shift mode. Safety: Safety is a strong point for the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes and traction control are standard. Front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length head-protecting side curtain airbags are optional on the LT and standard on the LTZ and SS. Though...
...The 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx was restyled, and dropped the chrome bar that ran across the grille of the car.
...Both rear seats and the front passenger seat fold flat. The rear cargo area includes a cargo panel with four positions for two-tier loading. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is available. Under the Hood Like upscale versions of the regular Malibu, the Malibu Maxx gets a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 201 hp and 221 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission is installed. A 240-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 goes into the new SS model. Safety Antilock brakes with Dynamic Rear Proportioning and traction control are standard. Side curtain-type airbags that protect both front and rear...
...Underappreciated, Most Unfairly Maligned Midsize Family Car." It at least deserves that. - - - Nuts & Bolts 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS Downside: Interior materials say "economy." They are durable but not the least bit fancy. If you can accept that, you're okay. Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and handling are very good, meaning that the car is reasonably comfortable and fun to drive on long trips. Acceleration is good. Lane changes are quick, competent. Head-turning quotient: Some people like it. Other people say it's boring. The Malibu Maxx SS is not showy, which makes it less...
...Body motions are well-controlled and the handling seems class-competitive. The Maxx earns its stars with its utility, including a rear seat that can slide nearly seven inches rearward, resulting in limo-like legroom. The rear seats also get standard rear skylights, a novel touch that brightened the interior. For 2006, Chevrolet revised the interior, with a new steering wheel and chrome trim on the center console. Certainly interior plastics are better, although the map pockets on the door panels seemed poorly finished. It would also help if there was a light for the rear cargo compartment...