The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu comes in three different trim levels--LS, LT, and LTZ. Standard on each model is a 169-hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, which can now run on an E85 ethanol/gasoline blend. A 252-hp, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing is optional on the LT and LTZ trims. Four-cylinder LS and LT models get a 4-speed automatic transmission, though a 6-speed automatic is optional on the LT and standard on the LTZ. With the 4-cylinder engine, the Malibu achieves respectable fuel-efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.
Inside and out, the Malibu's lines are modern and attractive, with great attention to detail. The flowing instrument panel forms a "dual cockpit" design. LTZ models get front fog lamps and attention-getting LED rear lamps.
With its 4-wheel independent suspension and either 17- or 18-inch wheels, the Malibu offers a smooth ride and sporty handling response, due to a standard rear stabilizer bar. Four-cylinder models have electric variable-assist power steering, while V6 models have hydraulic power steering.
Interiors in LS and LT Malibus are cloth, while the LTZ offers standard leather seating. Gauges are displayed with distinctive blue backlighting. Available ambient lighting backlights the center console and door pulls, and the overhead console in LTZ models bathes the center console area with LED light.
All Malibu models, including the base LS, come quite well equipped, with cruise control, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and an MP3-compatible CD audio system. Top LTZ models include heated front seats, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a 6-CD stereo and a remote starter system. XM satellite radio is available on all Malibus. A power sunroof is optional across the range, and the upgraded stereo is optional on LS and LT models.
Front passenger airbags, head-curtain side airbags covering front and rear outboard seats, and seat-mounted thorax-protecting air bags are standard for all models. Additionally StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard across the Malibu range, and it incorporates brake assist and traction control.
GM's OnStar system is standard on all Malibu models.
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.)
Front wheel drive
Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
Suspension, 4-wheel independent
Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) fascia spoke (Painted Sterling Silver trim)
Tires, P225/50R17 touring, blackwall
Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire (Deleted when (ZFH) compact spare tire is ordered.)
Fascia, front body-color
Fascia, rear body-color with chrome license plate bezel
Moldings, body-color rocker
Grille, Black with chrome surround
Headlamps, halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control
Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
Door handles, body-color
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and cross-band presets
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM. (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time re-activation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
Seats, front bucket with Custom Cloth reclining seatbacks and adjustable outboard head restraints
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding seatback
Seat adjuster, driver power vertical height
Seat adjuster, driver power lumbar control
Console, floor with floor shifter, integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, 3-spoke with mounted cruise controls
Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, engine temperature, fuel, tachometer and PRNDL
Driver Information Center with driver customization, warning messages and vehicle information including outside temperature display, trip odometer and programmable menu functions
Windows, power with driver Express-Down and rear passenger lockout
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and delayed locking
Remote Keyless Entry, enhanced range
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Trunk release, power, interior
Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
Air conditioning, single-zone manual
Defogger, rear-window electric
Cup holders, dual front and rear
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
Lighting, interior with front reading lights
Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes Traction Control
Daytime Running Lamps
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. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat pretensioners
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats