2012 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu
4.3
Average based on 38 reviews
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Malibu LS

by from Los Angeles, Ca on October 2, 2011

Rented one of these for a week about a month ago. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. BUT. I really liked it. So much that I just bought one. (still an LS w/ bluetooth) Very comfortable, performance is...
Rented one of these for a week about a month ago. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. BUT. I really liked it. So much that I just bought one. (still an LS w/ bluetooth) Very comfortable, performance is good (it's the 4-cyl) and excellent MPGs. I average around 28 city and 36 highway. But I'm pretty light on the throttle. I think it looks great inside and out. Mine has the 2 tone cocoa/cashmere interior with the khaki exterior. The stereo has excellent sound quality as well (again, just the base stereo) Take one for a drive, you won't be disappointed!
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Good But Not Great

by from Alexandria, VA on September 2, 2012

I bought this car on last day of April 2012. So far I have had no mechanical or electrical problems. Steering is a little vague on center, especially driving on asphalt roads with tire ruts. The car i...
I bought this car on last day of April 2012. So far I have had no mechanical or electrical problems. Steering is a little vague on center, especially driving on asphalt roads with tire ruts. The car is very quiet. I just wished Chevy had put laminated side windows in the back so I would'nt have road noise coming from behind my head. The door height is a little low. I bump my head if I don't watch out. Getting in and out is a kind of rough, I guess because the car sits so low to the ground. Visablity is okay. I though it would be a liitle constricted with the raked windshield and the wide c pillar. I took the rear head rests out so the rear visiblity is not too bad. I am only averging 21 MPG. My 2004 Malibu got 26. The turning circle is a little too wide because of the long wheelbase. Sometimes it is like I am driving a bus. The rear suspension is also noisy, especially driving over speed humps. I really like the USB port. I don't even listen to XM radio. I don't think I am going to renew the subscription. Overall this is not a bad car. It could have been more sturdier like foreign cars. The 2004 for was like a tank.
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Great car!

by from Villa Hills, KY on October 14, 2011

This is my first new car ever! I have not been let down with this car. I traded in a GMC Envoy because it went through too much gas. This car is a dream for gas. I am not disappointed at all! Very hap...
This is my first new car ever! I have not been let down with this car. I traded in a GMC Envoy because it went through too much gas. This car is a dream for gas. I am not disappointed at all! Very happy I downsized!
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The Car You'll Love to Drive!

by from Dayton, OH on June 29, 2012

I had only planned to test drive this car. There was nothing wrong with my last Malibu, just wanted to see how the new one drove. Wow! First, it was so quiet, and very easy to maneuver. I wondered how...
I had only planned to test drive this car. There was nothing wrong with my last Malibu, just wanted to see how the new one drove. Wow! First, it was so quiet, and very easy to maneuver. I wondered how the four-cylinder engine would perform, and was pleased to feel the power. Good mileage, sporty looks, and Malibu reliability has kept me a Chevy Malibu owner for 14 years, and with my third new Malibu now sitting in my garage, who knows? Maybe another 14 years!
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Really fun to drive

by from New Mexico on November 26, 2011

We have less than 30 miles on our 2012 Malibu, so I can't write about long term reliability. Please ignore that 5 star rating. Cons: Small trunk for its size, I think, but traded in a 2002 Mitsubishi ...
We have less than 30 miles on our 2012 Malibu, so I can't write about long term reliability. Please ignore that 5 star rating. Cons: Small trunk for its size, I think, but traded in a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, so the Malibu trunk is huge! Some minor 4 cylinder engine noise when accelerating. Pros: Luxurious ride and comfortable seats. VERY quiet and roomy front seat interior. Super quiet cruising in town or on highway. Great sound system. Cruise control is smooth. I was immediately at ease in this car. My 30 year old son in law loves his, and it's superior for an old man like me, too!
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Terrific Car, Great Fuel Economy

by from Olympia, WA on June 11, 2012

I have owned my Malibu LT2 for 9 days now, took a trip for work and didn't refuel until I was over 400 miles into it and still had just under a 1/4 tank of fuel. Fuel Economy "A+", Very Stylish, Road ...
I have owned my Malibu LT2 for 9 days now, took a trip for work and didn't refuel until I was over 400 miles into it and still had just under a 1/4 tank of fuel. Fuel Economy "A+", Very Stylish, Road noise was very minimal, Handling was very good, Comfort of seats, ease of all controls onboard made it for a very pleasurable drive. Handling on the road/hi-way/freeway was exceptional and really caught me by suprise of even the power it has for just an eco 4cyl. powertrain. I bought it with the Black Granite Metalic paint, and everyone besides myself keeps commenting on how they love the color. If you couldn't tell, I am a super happy, super suprised new Chevy Malibu owner. I would totally recommend this vehicle to anyone!
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So far, so good

by from Hampton, VA on August 24, 2013

Purchased Malibu LTZ sedan used w/ 18K miles. Only had about a month or so. As expected, no issues at all. Ride is smooth, low interior noise. Sound system very nice. Haven't touched the on-star yet. ...
Purchased Malibu LTZ sedan used w/ 18K miles. Only had about a month or so. As expected, no issues at all. Ride is smooth, low interior noise. Sound system very nice. Haven't touched the on-star yet. Probably won't. Afraid that the wife is enjoying the Sirius satellite. Probably be baring that monthly expense soon. Engine seems to be running smooth. No issues there. Mileage is as expected for the larger six cylinder. Nice tight construction; doors clunk shut nicely. Trunk is a bit smaller than I'd like, but okay for up to three travelers bags.
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2012 Malibu

by from Lees Summit, MO on June 22, 2012

This is my first new Malibu. I love to drive this car because it has a 4 clylinder DOHC that has more power than my last Ford with a 6 cyclinder. It is easy to handle and has a very smooth ride. The p...
This is my first new Malibu. I love to drive this car because it has a 4 clylinder DOHC that has more power than my last Ford with a 6 cyclinder. It is easy to handle and has a very smooth ride. The price we paid for this car was a great deal. I would highly recommend this car.
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Great car

by from Oklahoma on December 21, 2013

We bought a 2012 LT and almost immediately drove from Oklahoma to Cali. Got 32 MPG out and back running 80mph average. It was a smooth, tight and comfortable ride.I love all of the options and Onstar....
We bought a 2012 LT and almost immediately drove from Oklahoma to Cali. Got 32 MPG out and back running 80mph average. It was a smooth, tight and comfortable ride.I love all of the options and Onstar. Will recommend to anyone.
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Solid !!

by from Virginia on November 13, 2013

Recently purchased a used 2011 Malibu and so far it has met or exceeded expectation. The interior is typical Chevy, so if you like the Chevy ergonomics over the past half-decade or so, the Malibu feel...
Recently purchased a used 2011 Malibu and so far it has met or exceeded expectation. The interior is typical Chevy, so if you like the Chevy ergonomics over the past half-decade or so, the Malibu feels immediately comfy. The back seat borders on cavernous, but may be sacrificing a little trunk volume to achieve it in this size. Styling is unpretentious, with few needless doodads or superfluous gizmos, but some may find it rather a bit bland. Performance and mechanically it is impressive – I wanted this drive-train because it is just a modern iteration of a car I put 210K miles on (with little or no maintenance of than oil-changes, one set of plugs, filters…). Brakes and steering are solid and confidence inspiring – handles nicely, but this isn’t a race car. Fuel mileage is everything I’d hoped for – comes in marginally better than the EPA projections on my 150 mile-a-day commute (50% country roads, 50% DC sit-and-stop stuff) . Normal seems about 32-33mpg traveling as fast as traffic allows, and have seen as high as 38mpg over one stint of pure highway driving. I think 32mpg is a reasonable lower estimate of long-term fuel mileage – based on my experience… It’ll scoot nicely for a 2.4 liter when you punch it, but mostly it’s just a consistent, down-to-earth family sedan so far…
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