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2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ w/1LZ

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  • Stock#:
    9038
  • VIN#:
    1G1ZE5E06CF132608
  • Engine:
    2.4L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    White Diamond Tricoat
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Automatic
  • City MPG:
    22
  • Highway MPG:
    33
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2012 chevrolet malibu

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
3.6
11 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (36%)
4 Star - (27%)
3 Star - (18%)
2 Star - (9%)
1 Star - (9%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.1
COMFORT
3.7
INTERIOR
3.6
RELIABILITY
4
VALUE
2

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Considering the number of superior midsize sedans on the market and the fact that an all-new Malibu is just around the corner, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is hard to recommend.

What's New

With an all-new 2013 model waiting in the wings, the 2012 Chevy Malibu gets only minor changes including a few new options packages.

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PROS

Strong V6; comfortable ride; strong brakes; quiet cabin; simple controls.

Introduction

Like the fleeting careers of many celebrities who call Malibu (the place) home, the story of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu (the car) is a lesson in just how fast things can change. It was just four years ago that this then-new seventh-generation midsize sedan took home the prestigious North American Car of the Year award. And while the Malibu is still a fine car, the landscape in the midsize sedan category has changed so dramatically in recent years that this one-time media darling no longer quite measures up to the competition.

To its credit, the Malibu still has some strengths, including attractive styling, nicely balanced ride and handling qualities and quick acceleration with the V6 engine. But these merits are overshadowed by a cramped rear seat, the use of some subpar quality interior materials and the lack of popular convenience and safety features available on competitive models.

Most of all, however, the Malibu has been bettered by an onslaught of competitor models. The sleek Hyundai Sonata and related Kia Optima offer excellent engines, attractive style and loads of value for the money. The Volkswagen Passat is now cheaper and larger than before, while the highly regarded Ford Fusion and sporty Nissan Altima are both very strong contenders. Complicating matters further is the fact that an all-new eighth-generation Malibu will debut as a 2013 model in the early months of 2012, and it looks very impressive. Put all this together and we have a hard time recommending the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in three basic trim levels -- LS, LT and LTZ -- that are then broken down into several sub-models.

The standard equipment for the entry-level Malibu LS includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a partial power driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, OnStar and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

The next step up is the LT, which is subdivided into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT models. High points here include 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside mirrors and side moldings, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB audio jack. The 2LT and 3LT come with all that plus upgraded upholstery, remote ignition, additional power driver seat adjustments, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a rear-seat 110-volt household-style AC power outlet.

Spring for the range-topping LTZ and you'll get 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated outside mirrors, a sunroof, LED taillights, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, upgraded instruments, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. Many of these features are also grouped into options packages that can be added to the lower trim levels. In addition, a sunroof is available on all models except the LS.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine for the 2012 Malibu is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 169 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Estimated fuel economy for this powertrain is 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. In Edmunds performance testing, a four-cylinder Malibu reached 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is about average for four-cylinder-powered sedans in this class.

A 3.6-liter V6 good for 252 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque is available on LT and LTZ models. The six-speed automatic is standard here as well. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/26/20 mpg. Our test of a V6-equipped Malibu resulted in a 0-60-mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds, making it one of the quicker V6 sedans in its category.

Safety

The 2012 Chevy Malibu comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and the OnStar telematics system.

In government crash testing the Malibu earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Malibu its highest rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset and side-impact testing. In Edmunds brake testing, a V6 Malibu impressed us by stopping from 60 mph in a short, fade-free 122 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the interior of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu looks good, the overall effect is cheapened somewhat by the use of low-quality materials in a few places. The layout of gauges and controls is refreshingly simple, however, and the use of acoustic insulation gives the space a pleasant hush.

Up front, the seats are both comfortable and supportive, though wider folks may find the pronounced side bolsters make it hard to get settled. The rear seat is passable for a couple of adults, but it's a snug fit for three people or even a pair of larger folks compared to some other midsize sedans.

Out back, the trunk offers a healthy 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room that's made more flexible by the 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. That said, the space here is shallow and the opening is on the small side, making loading and unloading larger objects a bit challenging.

Driving Impressions

Behind the wheel, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu impresses with its smooth, quiet ride and confident handling. Steering feel is generally good for a mainstream sedan, though several of our editors actually preferred the electric-assisted power steering used to help boost fuel efficiency in four-cylinder models to the more conventional hydraulic steering assist that comes with the V6 engine.

Which powertrain is right for you depends on your driving style and expectations, but most buyers should be happy with the combination of the four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Not surprisingly, the V6 is a better choice for those looking for stronger acceleration, provided they can live with the significantly lower fuel economy that comes with it.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Sun/Moonroof

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-VALVE, 4-CYLINDER VARIABLE VALVE TIMING MFI
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Telematics
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
Value Added Features
  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Head Curtain Side Air Bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. A note about child safety: Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size. Even with ai
  • Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium speaker system
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
  • Cup holders, dual front and rear
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Driver Information Center with driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display, trip odometer and programmable menu functions
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder Variable Valve Timing MFI uses gasoline only (169 hp [126.0 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 160 lb-ft of torque [216.0 N-m] @ 4500 rpm) (Standard for Retail order types in all states. Standard for Fleet or Government order types ordering YF5 or NE1 emissions. Not available for Fleet or Government order types in Federal emissions states.)
  • Exhaust tip, chrome, single
  • Fascia, rear body-color with chrome license plate bezel
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Grille, Silver with chrome surround
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, engine temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Lighting, ambient, front interior door handles
  • Lighting, interior rear reading lights
  • Lighting, interior with front reading lights
  • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Moldings, body-color rocker with bright inserts
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat pretensioners
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver power lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster, driver power vertical height
  • Seat adjuster, passenger 6-way power
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Sill plate, bright accent
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes Traction Control
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist , infinite assist for low and high speed maneuvers
  • Sunroof, power, tilt-sliding
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent
  • Tail lamps, LED illumination
  • TAPshift manual shift control on shift knob
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Tire, compact spare and jack assembly
  • Tires, 18" (45.7 cm) touring, blackwall
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Trunk mat, carpeted
  • Trunk release, power, interior
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Window trim, bright, side
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and Up and rear passenger lockout
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
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