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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan - Overview

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$22,110 – $30,200 MSRP

$21,115 – $28,539 Invoice

17 / 26 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 5.0

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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Overview

What's New for 2012:

  • The Chevrolet Malibu is a carryover for 2012, with an all-new model expected for the 2013 model year

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize sedan, and is offered in three different trim levels. All Malibu models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Malibu models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, and full power accessories. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control.

Optional Features
Major option packages allow owners to add such features as an upgraded Bose audio system, sunroof, and leather upholstery to lower trim levels. Also, 18-inch alloy wheels are available on higher trims.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Malibu models are fitted with two different engines. Base Malibu models feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 169 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 252 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. All 2012 Chevrolet Malibu models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu are:
  • Chevrolet Malibu with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 22/33 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Malibu with 3.6-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 17/26 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu include side curtain air bags and knee air bags. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2012 Malibu has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
1LS 6 speed automatic $22,110 169-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/33
1LT 6 speed automatic $23,470 169-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/33
2LT 6 speed automatic $26,300 169-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/33
3LT 6 speed automatic $28,300 252-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/26
1LZ 6 speed automatic $28,600 169-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/33
2LZ 6 speed automatic $30,200 252-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/26

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