2012 Chevrolet Malibu

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$22,110

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

26

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

191.8” x 57.1”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

  • 3LT

  • 1LT

  • 2LT

  • LS

    $22,110

  • LT

    $23,470

  • LTZ

    $28,600

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 Chevrolet Malibu trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.2
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Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

I find this to be a dangerous vehicle please read

Not unlike many many Malibu's, very very serious transmission problem. That immediately stops you from driving and costs THOUSANDS of Dollars (plan on $5K+) to fix and Chevy knows about it and WON'T RECALL!! IT SHOULD BE RECALLED!! It's dangerous!! I would never have bought this car had someone left this review. I'll never buy another Chevy again because of this model and the shotty engine Chevy glued together. SHAME ON YOU GM/CHEVY!!!! This car is gonna get someone killed if it hasn't already!!!! For the good it does ride comfortably while it does run, trunk is roomy, and it does pretty good on gas.

3.0

My plight personally

Very mechanically reliable but the head lights keep burning out and it's just irritating since the bumper has to come apart to fix it every week or two. Be sides that and the sound from running the ac unit which sounds terrible idling loudly . Very happy with car mechanically .

1.0

Malibu. Sometimes Transportation

The reason that you cannot and should not believe the good reviews for ANY GM car is because the people who bought GM in 2009 are investing companies who also own the magazine companies. This car has horrible basic reliability issue throughout. It starts and runs sporadically. GM knows and DOES NOTHING.....

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Safety

Based on the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
4
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
10.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
4
Side barrier rating driver
4
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 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)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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