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.

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

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

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