2012 Chevrolet Malibu  -  $22,870


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $22,870
Base Invoice: $21,875
Destination Charge: $760
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn LS w/1LS
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 26 | City: 22 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: LS
Transmission: Transmission, 6-speed automatic electronically controlled with overdrive
Engine: 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.)

Pros

Stylish design; comfortable ride; powerful V6; fuel efficiency


Model Highlights

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.


Model News

Ahead of a major redesign for 2013, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu returns with only minor trim and options changes.


Value Writeup

Chevrolet's 2012 Malibu has established itself as stylish, comfortable, safe and reliable transportation for a family concerned about low initial cost and low running costs. With plenty of standard convenience and safety features, crisp handling and an array of powertrain options from fuel-sipping to pedal-mashing, the Malibu puts plenty of excitement into the Chevrolet lineup.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2

EPA Classification
Midsize

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
352.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
22 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
26 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
528.00 mi

Engine Order Code
LE5

Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl

Displacement
2.4L/145

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6400

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
160 @ 4500

Trans Order Code
MH8

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.5 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
97.7 ft³

Front Head Room
39.4 in

Front Leg Room
42.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.9 in

Front Hip Room
53.0 in

Second Head Room
37.2 in

Second Leg Room
37.6 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.9 in

Second Hip Room
52.1 in

Wheelbase
112.3 in

Length, Overall
191.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.3 in

Height, Overall
57.1 in

Track Width, Front
59.6 in

Track Width, Rear
60.0 in

Trunk Volume
15.1 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3432 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.87 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.75 in

Front Tire Size
P225/50R17

Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17

Front Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.4 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.7 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.9 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
16.0 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Corrosion Years
6

Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
3

Corrosion Miles/km
36,000

Hybrid/Electric Components Years
8

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12V224000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 17, 2012

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE

Potential Number of Units Affected
4,304

Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 24, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012. AFTER AN EVENT OF HARD BRAKING, THE SENSING AND DIAGNOSTIC MODULE (SDM) MAY RESET ITSELF.

Consequence
IF THIS OCCURS DURING AN AGGRESSIVE TURNING MANEUVER, AND THEN AFTERWARDS A POTENTIAL VEHICLE ROLLOVER EVENT IS SENSED, THE ROOF RAIL AIRBAG MAY UNINTENTIONALLY DEPLOY. ADDITIONALLY, THE AIR BAGS AND/OR SEATBELT PRETENSIONERS MAY NOT DEPLOY DURING A SEVERE CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE SDM. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JUNE 1, 2012.

GM?S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 12102. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V269000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 08, 2015

Component
SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected
437,045

Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured April 8, 2010, to October 11, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.

Consequence
If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the outboard lap anchor mounting bracket and inspect the flexible steel cable, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. Owners received an interim notice on June 16, 2015. A second letter will be mailed when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15031.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V252000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 14, 2014

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Potential Number of Units Affected
2,440,524

Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, 2003, through October 11, 2012, 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured May 26, 2004, through January 4, 2010, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through May 26, 2009. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor (BAS) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the 'PARK' position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assi...

Consequence
Any of the above failure conditions increases the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). GM's number for this recall is 13036.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
10.9%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

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

Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) fascia spoke painted sterling silver trim

Tires, 17" (43.2 cm) touring, blackwall

Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire (Deleted when (PDQ) Uplevel Package is ordered.)

Fascia, front body-color

Fascia, rear body-color

Moldings, body-color rocker

Grille, Black with chrome surround

Headlamps, halogen composite with crystalline-like lenses and automatic exterior lamp control

Tail lamps, incandescent

Mirrors, outside power-adjustable Black, manual-folding

Glass, acoustic, laminated

Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted

Window trim, bright, side

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

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.)

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

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

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

Stolen Vehicle Assistance

OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions includes front seat pretensioners

LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats

Door locks, rear child security

Trunk emergency release handle

Tire Pressure Monitor

 
EMISSIONS, FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, CALIFORNIA STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS, ARIZONA, CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT AND WASHINGTON STATE REQUIREMENTS
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, CALIFORNIA
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, FEDERAL
$0

 
EMISSIONS OVERRIDE, STATE-SPECIFIC
$0

 
ENGINE, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-VALVE, 4-CYLINDER VARIABLE VALVE TIMING MFI
$0

 
TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC
$0

 
PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP
$0

 
WHEELS, 17" (43.2 CM) FASCIA SPOKE
$0

 
SPARE TIRE AND WHEEL, NOT DESIRED
$0

 
TIRE, COMPACT SPARE AND JACK ASSEMBLY
$100

 
SILVER ICE METALLIC
$0

 
IMPERIAL BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
SUMMIT WHITE
$0

 
BLACK GRANITE METALLIC
$195

 
GOLD MIST METALLIC
$0

 
MOCHA STEEL METALLIC
$0

 
TAUPE GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
COCOA/CASHMERE, CUSTOM CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
TITANIUM, CUSTOM CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
AUDIO SYSTEM, AM/FM STEREO WITH CD PLAYER AND MP3 PLAYBACK
$0

 
LS UPLEVEL PACKAGE
$500

 
LPO, PROTECTION PACKAGE
$315

 
LPO, CONVENIENCE PACKAGE
$195

 
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER
$75

 
LPO, CHROME EXHAUST TIP
$120

 
LPO, WHEEL COVERS, CHROME
$330

 
LPO, REAR SPOILER
$390

 
MOLDINGS, BODY-COLOR BODYSIDE
$150

 
LPO, FRONT AND REAR SPLASH GUARDS, MOLDED
$185

 
LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT
$15

 
BLUETOOTH FOR PHONE, PERSONAL CELL PHONE CONNECTIVITY TO VEHICLE AUDIO SYSTEM AND HMI (HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE)
$0

 
STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, MOUNTED AUDIO CONTROLS
$0

 
FLOOR MATS, CARPETED FRONT AND REAR
$0

 
LPO, REMOTE START
$290

 
LPO, CARGO NETS, SIDE, RIGHT-HAND AND LEFT-HAND
$60

 
NEW JERSEY COST SURCHARGE
$0

 
ILLINOIS COST SURCHARGE
$0


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