2002 Chevrolet Malibu

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

190.4” x 56.4”


Front-wheel drive



2 trims

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Conservative in appearance, Chevrolet’s mainstay, bread-and-butter midsize Malibu sedan accounts for plenty of sales each year. The total dipped a little in 2000 to 207,376 units, but that figure still makes the Malibu a major player in the market.

A CD player and floormats are newly standard for 2002, and LATCH child-seat tethers go into the rear positions. New 15-inch alloy wheels go on the step-up LS sedan and are optional on the base Malibu. For appealing sounds on the road, a 100-watt, two-channel subwoofer audio system is now standard in the LS model. Stereo systems with cassette and/or CD players incorporate the Radio Data System (RDS), which displays weather and traffic emergency warnings. The RDS also allows station selection based on the desired type of programming.

Like most midsize automobiles, the Malibu comes only as a four-door sedan. Mounted on a 107-inch wheelbase, the Malibu is 190.4 inches long overall — just an inch or so longer than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of the Malibu’s foremost competitors. Standard tires are 15 inches in diameter, with cast aluminum wheels on the LS sedan. All Malibus have a four-wheel-independent suspension.

With a five-passenger capacity, front bucket seats are standard; a front bench is not available. The spacious three-place rear seat offers nearly as much room as some full-size sedans. A split rear seatback on the LS sedan folds to expand trunk capacity beyond its already-spacious 17.3 cubic feet. A wide, low trunk opening permits easy loading.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, programmable power door locks, an electric rear-window defogger, CD player, tachometer, tilt steering wheel and remote trunk release. Extras on the LS sedan include cruise control, power windows and mirrors, remote keyless entry and fog lamps. Custom cloth front bucket seats in the LS have six-way power adjustment on the driver’s side.

Under the Hood
A 3.1-liter V-6 engine develops 170 horsepower and drives a four-speed-automatic transmission. Antilock brakes are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
The Malibu appeals to drivers most concerned with practical merits and overall value. This midsize car offers plenty of each, but little in the way of luxury or roadgoing excitement. Just about everything falls at least into the “acceptable” category, including performance, while interior space ranks as ample. Buyers who don’t need to be stimulated by lush sheet metal might find the Malibu appealing, especially when its price is compared to that of an equivalent Ford Taurus, Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 3.9
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value 3.9
  • Exterior 3.9
  • Reliability 3.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Best car ever

Affordable reliability. Never left me stranded. Normal maintenance only. NY winter salt finally ate through the frame. Cried when I had to let her go to scrap. Best reliability ever!!!! Was never in mechanic for other than normal repairs or maintenance. Couple springs here, brakes there. No engine or tranny issues. Had it until 2016. Bought used when it was 5 years old.


First and most reliable car

My first car was a 2002 base model Chevy Malibu. It has been reliable for me from 72,000 miles to where I'm at now with 265,000 miles on it. The cheap interior and lack of design character aren't the best but for its age, it's pretty reliable, and that's what really matters.


Very comfortable

Most comfortable car I have ever owned and would recommend for anyone. I bought mine as a beater and worked flawlessly. I wish I still had mine

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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