With more than 40 awards to its credit, including being named Consumers Digest "Best Buy" four years in a row from 2009 to 2011, the attractively priced Chevrolet Malibu continues to command attention and acclaim. Is it the combination of strong performance and EPA-estimated 33 MPG highway†? Yes and yes.
From its fuel efficiency† to its handsome interior to its level of sophistication, Malibu continues to garner such praise as, "Malibu looks wonderful, is solidly built and carefully crafted inside and out. — "Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com†
Malibu's sleek exterior exhibits a level of craftsmanship that has earned it the respect of people who know — and love — cars. Available sporty 17" Chrome-Tech and 18" bright-finish aluminum wheels and an available power-tilt/sliding sunroof — those are just a few of the impressive features that accent this midsize sedan's exterior design.
From the dual cockpit to the sculpted doors, one thoughtful detail flows seamlessly into the next. You'll be impressed by the nearly microscopic gaps—many as tight as 1mm—in Malibu's interior fit and finish. And you can even feel it because our designers went back and spent countless hours touch-testing seats, door frames, steering wheels, consoles and just about every other surface to make sure everything felt exactly right.
The leather-appointed LTZ features a heated driver seat that includes an eight-way power adjuster, while the heated passenger seat offers a six-way power adjuster. There's even a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel for true driving enthusiasts, standard on 2LT and LTZ.
Acoustic Laminated Glass
It will come as no surprise that Malibu was designed to have a superb level of quietness. The acoustic laminated glass and the liquid applied sound deadeners create a barrier to help reduce unwanted road noise.
Power Isn't Limited to the Engine
Power trip anyone? Inside this thoughtfully appointed midsize sedan, you'll find power windows, power-adjustable mirrors, power-programmable door locks, an available Power Convenience Package and even an available power-tilt/sliding sunroof. Everything is conveniently placed right at your fingertips and designed for ease, just the way you like it.
With up to 33 MPG highway†, Malibu LTZ offers up to 528 highway miles on a single fill-up. A 4-cylinder DOHC engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, standard on all models, helps maximize performance and fuel efficiency.
Malibu engines feature Variable Valve Timing (VVT) — an efficiency that optimizes combustion, enhances low-end torque and helps lower tailpipe emissions. A 252-horsepower 3.6L engine with dual overhead camshafts and VVT is available on LT and LTZ. Fuel economy for this V6 engine is 17 MPG city/26 MPG highway†.
Inside the 2012 Malibu, the sophistication continues with up-to-the-minute safety and mobile technology. Whether you need assistance in finding your destination or want to listen to your favorite road trip music, Malibu offers an extensive list of features that keep you entertained and moving along safely.
The Power of Bose®
An eight-speaker Bose® premium sound system, standard on Malibu LTZ.
Connect your MP3-player or music-loaded flash drive to the audio system using the available USB port.
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Take calls at the touch of a button. Available Bluetooth® wireless technology† for select phones lets you make, answer and end phone calls with a tap of the steering wheel. It even mutes the stereo to take your calls.
Stay connected to your Malibu with the myChevrolet† and OnStar RemoteLink™† mobile apps. Check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, routine maintenance and more.
Enjoy commercial–free music channels along with compelling talk, news, comedy, family programming and much more from coast to coast with a standard three month trial. In addition, you can now enjoy the GM exclusive upgrade to the XM Premier package throughout your trial with your new Malibu.
Chevrolet Malibu offers the unsurpassed security of OnStar®† and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2011 Malibu a "Top Safety Pick"†. That's an achievement unmatched by Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
Every Malibu is equipped with StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System to help assist you with directional control of the vehicle in difficult driving conditions. Sensors continually monitor the path being steered and the direction the vehicle is actually turning. If StabiliTrak detects a difference, it selectively applies brake pressure to the appropriate wheel to help pull the vehicle back to the path being steered.
Malibu protects you with six standard air bags† including dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags with the Passenger Sensing System, thorax and pelvic side-impact air bags, and head-curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupants.
In the event of a crash, every Malibu offers the security of OnStar® with Automatic Crash Response† standard for the first six months. In the event of a collision, built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar® Advisor, who is immediately connected into your vehicle to see if you need help sent to your exact location—even if you can't respond. Learn more about OnStar®.
Go to gm.com/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
Visit onstar.com coverage map, details and system limitations.
Requires Android or iPhone platform and active OnStar subscription, which is standard for 6 months.
Based on 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing.
Visit onstar.com coverage map, details and system limitations. Service vary by model and conditions. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers.
252 hp @ 6300 RPM on 3LT and 2LZ with 3.6L DOHC V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission
Air bag inflation can cause severe injury or death to anyone too close to the bag when it deploys. Be sure every occupant is properly restrained.
LS with 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
1LT with 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
2LT with 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
1LZ with 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when property secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.
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