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By Cars.com Staff
August 3, 2011
Available in LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trim levels, the five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet's entry in the important midsize sedan segment. Its competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. A redesigned Malibu is scheduled to debut for the 2013 model year.
New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.
Exterior The Malibu features a prominent two-bar grille and squared-off rear. A glass sunroof is optional. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch wheels; optional 18-inch rims
V-6 models have dual chrome exhaust outlets
Available remote start
Interior A variety of two-tone interior themes are available to accent the dashboard, center control panel, door trim and seats. The instruments have blue backlighting, and a 110-volt household power outlet is available. A premium Bose stereo is optional. Interior features include:
Laminated glass to reduce cabin noise
60/40-split folding rear seat in all trim levels
Standard satellite radio with a three-month trial subscription included
Standard cloth seats; leather upholstery optional
Available Bluetooth connectivity
Available steering-wheel audio controls
Under the Hood The Malibu is available with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, both of which use variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. Both engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers get a significant horsepower gain by stepping up to the optional V-6. Mechanical features include:
169-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 160 pounds-feet of torque
252-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with 251 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic with manual shift control
Standard variable electric power-assist steering
Safety An electronic stability system is standard. Standard OnStar features automatic crash notification, remote diagnostics, a monthly status report and Turn-by-Turn Navigation with a six-month trial plan. Additional safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
Standard side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
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