2012 Chevrolet Malibu

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$22,110

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Weak four-cylinder
  • So-so cabin materials
  • Rear visibility
  • Small trunk opening
  • Turning circle

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2012 Chevrolet Malibu trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard OnStar navigation service
  • Three sets of child-seat anchors

2012 Chevrolet Malibu review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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
  • Metallic accents
  • 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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

1.6

Worst car I’ve ever owned

In my research I’ve noticed thousands of people who have purchased this car and all have the same issue of the car starting when ot wants to. If GM is going to recall something they need to recall this Make and model because this is a common issue. I just got a whole brand new engine and its still starting when it wants to

1.0

NOT AT ALL

THIS VEHICLE HAS A BIG ISSUE ON THE RELAY FOR THE FUEL PUMP THERE ARE THOUSAND OF COMPLAINTS BUT NO RECALLS. IT SHUT OFF WHEN DRIVING AND I HAVVE REPLACED TWO FUSE BOXES AND 7 RELAY'S TO GET IT TURN ON YOU HAVE TO SHACK THE WIRE'S???? AND THATS SOMETIMES. PLEASE RECAL THJIS ISSUE

1.9

Worst purchase Ive ever made

Let me start by saying I’ve been a loyal Chevy customer for over 20yrs until I bough this 2012 Malibu, I will never buy another Chevy. I bought this car brand new 5/12/12. I’ve had nothing but recalls and problems. This car sat for 2 years and didn’t run, before that I’d be driving and the car would turn itself off, I would have to disconnect and reconnect the battery to get it to go a few more miles just to have to disconnect and reconnect the battery so I could get it somewhere to park it. I called GM headquarters to try and get help and they told me it wasn’t their problem. I work in the insurance industry and a lot of my clients that own these cars are having the same problems. This car has done nothing but cost me a xxxx ton of money and it’s still under 100,000 miles. DO NOT PURCHASE A MALIBU!!!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
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)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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