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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Review
2012 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu holds in own in a world dominated by finely tuned, engineered competition. While it isn’t necessarily the flashiest model available in its class, it still holds plenty of the spotlight. This midsized sedan offers understated exterior body design paired with simple, attractive, easy to use controls and gauges in the cabin. Seating in the Malibu is well designed and provides plenty of padding. Additionally, driving this sedan offers up plenty of speed and power, especially in the V-6 powertrain models. The ride quality is comfortable and it’s very quiet in the cabin, giving passengers a certain luxury feel in an otherwise economy model.

While it is overall a good car, the Malibu is losing some of its shine to other less expensive and better equipped models. It loses out in the safety, convenience, and size categories to other well known options.

New For 2012

There are very changes to the Chevy Malibu for the 2012 model year. The most exciting thing to note is some changes to the available options packages.


The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsized sedan offered in three trim levels broken into several sub levels. The three main trim levels include the LS, LT, and the LTZ. In the lower trim levels, the 2012 Malibu is equipped with 17 inch steel wheels. Up the chain, the higher trim level is equipped with 18 alloy wheels. There is nothing wrong with the Chevrolet Malibu when it comes to looks. This car gives every appearance of being a strong, reliable sedan. The front end is wide with the grille featuring the Chevy emblem in the center. The grille is split horizontally for a unique design. The headlights sit high back on the front fenders and are somewhat rectangular in shape. There aren’t a lot of lines in the exterior metal work of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Instead it relies more on its basic, flowing design to get the job done. This car isn’t going to be the most impressive to look at, but it does offer solid construction.

Interior & Cargo

Inside the cabin of the 2012 Chevy Malibu most passengers will find the seats comfortable enough. Both rows of seating are supportive and well padded. The front seats feature side bolsters that may be something of a challenge for broader people. In the back seat, there is enough room for two adults. Trying to fit three in the rear of the cabin isn’t going to be an easy task considering the Malibu falls in to the midsized sedan category.

There is ample space in the cargo area however. The Malibu is equipped with 15.1 cubic feet of space. Folding down the 60/40 split rear seats offers more flexibility for hauling things as well. The trunk opening is on the smallish side and the design is narrow however.

Overall the Malibu sports an attractive interior design. Unfortunately, some of the materials used are low quality and detract quite a bit from the interior. The dash gauges and controls are easy to see and use. This model has the acoustic insulation to keep the noise in the cabin low.


This sedan is equipped with a nice list of standard safety features designed to ensure the security of the passengers. Each of the models offers anti-lock brakes as well as traction and stability control. Furthermore, the Malibu also features front seat side impact airbags and side curtain airbags. The famous OnStar system is standard on this model as well. It is responsible for controlling several safety features including emergency contact notification in the event of an accident.

In crash testing, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu received four out of five stars in the government testing, four stars for frontal crash protection and five for overall side impact. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Malibu its highest rating of “good” in both frontal and side impact collisions.

Driving Experience

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with two engine choices depending on the trim level. The LS is equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. This version sends the power to the front-wheel drive. This powertrain delivers 169 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy for this model is estimated around 22/33 mpg city/highway.

The LT and the LTZ models are available with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission set up as the four-cylinder powertrain. As one of the fastest V-6 options in the category, this engine gives up 252 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. This version of the Malibu was clocked at reaching 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The estimated fuel economy for this model is 17/26 mpg city/highway.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord sedan
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry


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General Motors sold 231,052 cars, trucks, and utilities last month, a healthy 11.8 percent jump from March 2011, thanks to strong sales of models like the Chevrolet Malibu and GMC Terrain.
General Motors LEGO Tracking System Engineer Putting Bricks On Board
At General Motors, LEGOs aren’t just for kids, as the automaker says it’s created a three-dimensional visualization system around the colorful plastic building blocks that can track progress on pending vehicle repairs. Developed with WellStar Health System, a not-for-profit health group, the system will basically function as a visual to-do list to help GM prioritize and address potential warranty repair issues. The process was created to improve organization and efficiency, and GM says it could reduce the time needed to implement a change by 33 percent. The visualization system will be integrated into GM’s existing Problem Resolution Tracking System, which keeps track of known problems, and prioritizes them based on severity. The new system adds a visual element with LEGO blocks that represent problems. For example, if a transmission case breaks during durability testing, a block representing that problem gets placed on a board. The color of the block corresponds to where the problem is on the vehicle, while the size of the block identifies how severe the problem is. Each block is tagged with an identification number and date of discovery, and is moved along the board until the problem is resolved. “3D Visualization allows us to look at issues more holistically,” said Jamie Pickett, GM senior manager of current program quality, in a release. “By visually representing a problem it is easier to see the whole scope of it and where opportunities lie. And, unlike a line of data in a spread sheet, seeing a problem as a block on a board is a strong motivator for finding a solution to get it off the board.” In addition to tracking warranty repairs, the system will be deployed to track changes and program budgets of its vehicle engineering programs worldwide. GM says this system isn’t limited to the automotive world, and that it can be applied to any process involving volume and aging. GM partner WellStar is using the system to increase efficiency in doctors’ offices and generally improve patient care across its five-hospital network. If doctors are playing with LEGOs now, we suppose there’s no shame in saying we still enjoy building things with the little bricks ourselves. Source: GM
2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO Side Static
Up until this point, Chevrolet has been mum on power figures for the 2013 Malibu’s 2.5-liter I-4 and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4. Today that’s changed, as Chevy has finally released the long-anticipated power number.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Delivery Truck Front Three Quarter1
Last fall was a tense period for the United Auto Workers and General Motors, as the two side negotiated the renewal of a major contract for wages and compensation. Negotiations between the two, however, aren't completely finished, as contract agreements must still be reached at individual plants. As a result, GM faces another road bump as UAW workers at its Fairfax, Kansas Assembly Plant -- which manufactures its all-new midsize hope, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu -- are unhappy with a potential contract presented last week.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Delivery Truck Fairfax Plant
The domestic mid-sized sedan battle is on and the first one out the gate is the 2013 Chevy Malibu. Early production of Chevy’s newest family car started late last year, but the first saleable examples were loaded on delivery trucks late last week.

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
169 hp @ 6400rpm
160 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation

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