2010 Chevrolet Malibu

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$3,855–$11,799 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    169-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Decent handling
  • Distinctive styling
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Easy controls

The Bad

  • So-so cabin materials
  • Rear visibility
  • Small trunk opening
  • Turning circle
  • Weak four-cylinder
2010 Chevrolet Malibu exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors
  • Power lumbar support now standard

2010 Chevrolet Malibu Road Test

Kelsey Mays
The Chevrolet Malibu can't shake its rental-car shackles.

Years after a dramatic redesign for 2008, some areas of the Malibu have stood the test of time, while others — the drab interior, the pokey four-cylinder — feel more Hertz than high-rent. Thanks to its blend of ride comfort and handling, the Malibu demands a look from shoppers, but much of the current generation's early praise was simply a product of its being a vast improvement over the old Malibu. It's time for GM to leapfrog the competition, not just itself.

The front-wheel-drive Malibu comes in four trims — entry-level LS, 1LT, 2LT and top-of-the-line LTZ. Stack them up here, or compare the 2010 and 2009 Malibu here. An automatic transmission and four-cylinder engine are standard. The 2LT and LTZ have an optional V-6; last year's Malibu Hybrid has been discontinued.

Bold Styling
We tested a four-cylinder Malibu 1LT as part of an eight-car family-sedan shootout, and opinions about the Chevy's styling were mixed. Once lauded as bold and unabashedly American, some editors now declared the Malibu's two-bar grille and squared-off rear stale.

For the record, I'm not one of them. Lined up side-by-side, a lot of the front-runners in this segment bear patent similarities: some combination of thin headlights and widely stretched grilles. The Malibu looks unique — in a good way. Beware, though: The car's broad rear shoulders hamper driver visibility.

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2010 Malibu Video

Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. It competes with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


Most reliable car for the price for me

by Patsfan from Amherst on February 26, 2018

I love this car. It was not my first choice but I was sold on the price. Since then I haven't looked back. It drives greats, it is comfortable for about 2 and half hours, then you may need to stretch ... Read full review


Great car

by murph in PA from Roaring Brook Twp on November 20, 2017

We bought ours with 20 K + now it has 90 k+ never had any major problems just the usual wear & tear issues. Has a nice ride ,safe 5 star , with 90 k it still looks good nothing torn, worn , they used ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


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Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.
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