2012 Chevrolet Malibu

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What's New for 2012:
  • The Chevrolet Malibu is a carryover for 2012, with an all-new model expected for the 2013 model year

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is a midsize sedan, and is offered in three different trim levels. All Malibu models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Malibu models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, and full power accessories. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control.

Optional Features
Major option packages allow owners to add such features as an upgraded Bose audio system, sunroof, and leather upholstery to lower trim levels. Also, 18-inch alloy wheels are available on higher trims.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Malibu models are fitted with two different engines. Base Malibu models feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 169 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 252 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. All 2012 Chevrolet Malibu models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu are:
  • Chevrolet Malibu with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 22/33 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Malibu with 3.6-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 17/26 mpg (city/highway)

Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu include side curtain air bags and knee air bags. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2012 Malibu has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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  • Name LS w/1LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 22110.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 22/33
  • Name LT w/1LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 23470.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 22/33
  • Name LT w/2LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 26300.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 22/33
  • Name LTZ w/1LZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 28600.00 Engine 2.4L/145 City/Hwy MPG 22/33
  • Name LT w/3LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 28300.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/26
  • Name LTZ w/2LZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 30200.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/26
  • 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
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Sill plate, bright accent
  • Lighting, ambient, front interior door handles
  • Seats, front bucket with UltraLux reclining seatbacks and adjustable outboard head restraints
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke leather-wrapped with mounted cruise controls
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and Up and rear passenger lockout
  • Remote vehicle starter system includes enhanced Remote Keyless Entry
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Lighting, interior rear reading lights
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Power Center, rear includes a 110-volt AC adapter with 3-prong outlet
  • Seats, front bucket with front and rear leather-appointed seating reclining seatbacks and adjustable outboard head restraints
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, passenger 6-way power
  • Floor mats, premium carpeted front and rear
  • Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
  • Trunk mat, carpeted
  • 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
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) 5-spoke flangeless machine-faced alloy
  • Tire, compact spare and jack assembly
  • Fascia, front body-color with chrome accent
  • Fascia, rear body-color with chrome license plate bezel
  • Moldings, body-color rocker with bright inserts
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable body-color, manual-folding
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Chrome-Tech aluminum
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) 10-spoke, bright finish aluminum
  • Tires, 18" (45.7 cm) touring, blackwall
  • Sunroof, power, tilt-sliding
  • Fascia, front body-color with integral fog lamps
  • Grille, Silver with chrome surround
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Tail lamps, LED illumination
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) Chrome-Tech aluminum
  • 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
  • Exhaust tip, chrome, single
  • Engine, 3.6L DOHC V6 Variable Valve Timing SFI (252 hp [187.9 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 251 lb-ft of torque [338.9 N-m] @ 3200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, high torque electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Steering, Hydraulic Power Steering (HPS) assist
  • Exhaust tips, chrome, dual
    • 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 vehi
    • 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
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 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
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium speaker system

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