Best Bet
(4.4) 44 reviews
MSRP: $4,592$11,280
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 26-27
Engine: 169-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take on the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Our Take

Available in LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trim, the five-seat Malibu continues with a few upgrades, as it was redesigned for 2008. Competitors to this midsize sedan include the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. (Skip to details on the: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid)The Malibu gets a stand... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No manual transmission
  • Hybrid isn't as efficient as competition
  • Rear visibility could be better
  • Map navigation not offered
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Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Six-speed automatic available on certain trim levels
  • Optional four-piece moonroof
  • Hybrid model


Our Expert Reviews

The newest generation of the Chevrolet Malibu continues to amaze me with its grace and beauty, its great performance and handling, and just the fact that it proves General Motors can build a car that can compete with the best from those popular Japanese automakers.What's still shocking to me, though, it that this car is not outselling at least the Honda Accord, if not the segment-leading T... Read full review for the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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by Iowa Hawkeye from Cedar Rapids, IA on August 10, 2012

I bought my 2009 malibu 3 years ago and generally love the car, however, one major point of dissapointment is the handling in the snow. I live in Iowa and drive 45 highway miles round trip every day t... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 11 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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