2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Available in LS, LT and LZ trim levels (with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LZ and 2LZ submodels) the five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet’s entry in the important midsize segment. Its competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. The Malibu sedan marked Chevrolet’s strengthered focus on the midsize passenger car segment, and the honors it has collected since its 2008 model year launch – including North American Car of the Year, Consumer’s Digest Best Buy and IIHS Tp Safety Pick – confirm it’s a worthy competitor. The Malibu’s continued popularity among consumers is the real prize, however, as Malibu sales continue to rise by double digits.

The standard equipment for the entry-level LS of 2012 Chevrolet Malibu includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear backseats, cruise control, full power accesories, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The next step-up of 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is the LT, which is subdivided into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT models. The equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside mirrors and side moldings, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB audio jack. The 2LT and 3LT come with all that plus remote ignition, additional power driver seat adjustments, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats and Bluetooth.

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LZ models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated outside mirrors, a sunroof, LED taillights, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu features a strong stance and bold proportions that reinforce its substantial feel. The 2012 Malibu exterior has clean, pure lines and wheels pushed to the corners, as well as a visually lower, yet longer, greenhouse and shorter deck. Clean and elegant body sides are interrupted only by distinctive wheel-oriented forms that suggest an aggressive, stable stance. A rear profile with Corvette’s cues evokes Chevrolet’s performance heritage.

The interior’s attention to detail matches the Malibu’s exterior, with an ergonomic design using premium materials that convey quality and value. An integrated, flowing instrument panel features a Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit design with prominent gauges backlit in blue and metalic or wood grain accent.

The standard engine on the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 169 hp at 6400 rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Chevrolet Malibu with this engine is 22 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway.

A 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine is available on 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3LT and 2LZ models. This engine produces 252 hp at 6300 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. Fuel economy for this engine is estimated at 17 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway. All 2012 Malibu models come with an six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.

Safety is another strong suite of the 2012 Malibu. All models have standard anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, as well as dual front, side and curtain airbags. The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is the only model in the segment to provide OnStar, which uses GPS and cellular technology to automatically call for help in the event of moderate to severe crash, provide route guidance or remote vehicles diagnostics.OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada.

It’s one of GM’s best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.

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