The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu comes in three different trim levels--LS, LT and LTZ. A 169-hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine is standard for all models. It is Flex Fuel-capable, and can 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. A 6-speed automatic is standard on all trims. With the 4-cylinder engine, the Malibu achieves respectable fuel-efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city, 33 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.)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic electronically controlled with overdrive
Front wheel drive
Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
Suspension, 4-wheel independent
Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist , infinite assist for low and high speed maneuvers
Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
Door handles, chrome
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with USB port, CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 36 cross-band presets
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
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
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Sill plate, bright accent
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, 3-spoke with mounted cruise controls
TAPshift manual shift control on shift knob
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
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
Lighting, ambient, front interior door handles
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. A note about child safety: Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size. Even with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child, or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See your vehicle Owner's Handbook for more information.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat pretensioners
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats