2012 Chevrolet Malibu
134,017 Miles | Des Plaines, IL
$5,755
Est $83/mo

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu
93,546 Miles | Des Plaines, IL
$7,355
Est $106/mo

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu
78,856 Miles | Des Plaines, IL
$9,395
Est $135/mo

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu
111,900 Miles | Honolulu, HI
$6,999
Est $101/mo

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu
9,756 Miles | Honolulu, HI
$10,999
Est $159/mo

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu
31,870 Miles | Miami, FL
$13,999
Est $202/mo

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu
19,918 Miles | Orlando, FL
$11,999
Est $173/mo

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
31,539 Miles | West Palm Beach, FL
$13,999
Est $202/mo

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu
30,802 Miles | Orlando, FL
$10,899
Est $157/mo

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
20,314 Miles | West Palm Beach, FL
$14,999
Est $216/mo

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
24,457 Miles | North Lauderdale, FL
$16,399
Est $236/mo

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
28,637 Miles | Orlando, FL
$13,999
Est $202/mo

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
9,600 Miles | North Lauderdale, FL
$15,999
Est $231/mo

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
24,892 Miles | West Palm Beach, FL
$14,999
Est $216/mo

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
23,476 Miles | Orlando, FL
$14,999
Est $216/mo

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
28,178 Miles | West Palm Beach, FL
$13,999
Est $202/mo

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu
30,309 Miles | Miami, FL
$13,999
Est $202/mo

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu
23,540 Miles | West Palm Beach , FL
$15,498
Est $223/mo

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu
9,302 Miles | West Palm Beach, FL
$16,099
Est $232/mo

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu
24,389 Miles | West Palm Beach , FL
$14,599
Est $210/mo

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Chevrolet Malibu Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.2
250 Reviews
Overall
4.2
Value
4.1
Performance
3.6
Style
4.1
Comfort
4.2
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu - I love it!

RMS
Watertown, Wisconsin
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I love everything about my Chevy Malibu! It handles very well at all speeds and in all driving conditions from city driving to long trips. It also handles weather very well. Living in a part of the country that has hard winters, this is very important. The Chevy Malibu isn't held back by a little snow and ice! The seats are very comfortable for the driver and passengers. The roominess of the interior allows my whole family to fit comfortably, including one baby seat that fastens to the built in anchors very easily. It is great to have a USB connection to charge electronics are listen to an iPod or other devices. In addition to all of these wonderful things, the color of my Malibu is a very exciting bright red and the interior is black and gray. Even with all of the room for my whole fa... (more)
Story
I drive my Malibu in Wisconsin so there is a lot of snow to be driven through during the winter. One of those VERY snowy days, the drive to work was particularly challenging. I thought about waiting for the plows to get the roads cleared before setting out, but I went ahead and started the drive. My Malibu didn't get stuck or even slide as long as I just took it easy. I was almost to work and ... (more)
Pros
I feel very safe driving this vehicle and OnStar is at the ready just in case I have an emergency. The dashboard checks of all vital information is very helpful. I love to see that all of my tires are at the correct pressure and that all fluids are at the correct level. My Malibu also keeps records of all maintenance that has been completed and reminds me if it is time for a check up.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu - Simple and Enjoyable

EG
Ames, Iowa
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
For the low price after rebates the Malibu is a great value. I've driven 25,000 miles in this car and haven't had any issues. There are no rattles or annoying noises like I've experienced in other cars. The factory tires are holding up reasonably well and I expect about 50,000 miles from them. I did expect better fuel economy, but an average of 27 mpg isn't bad. I can fit 3 child car seats in the back in a pinch, which didn't work in smaller cars. While the fold down rear seat is nice, the geometry of the trunk opening prevents anything exceptionally large to be stored.
Story
Driving four co-workers and myself out to lunch in Iowa after using the remote start to get the car warmed up and windows cleared of snow.
Pros
The Chevrolet Malibu is a good value and had a low price. I only ended up paying $18,500 after rebates, which is great for a new mid-sized car. It has a very nice appearance, the chrome wheels stand out and look great. The remote start is great to have in the cold winter moths in the mid-west. I haven't had any problems, even when starting and driving in -10 degrees F. The ride is relatively smooth and quiet with minimal tire noise, wind noise, and no rattles or vibrations.
Cons
It does not get exceptional fuel economy. I drive mostly Interstate miles and the fuel economy seems to drop off when driving over 65 mph. I've gotten 32-34 mpg while driving county roads at 55-60 mph, but only 28-30 when cruising 75 on the interstate. The Malibu does not have a particularly powerful engine, but it's adequate for passing, even at 75-80 mph. I didn't expect a high-performance engine, so wasn't disappointed.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu - I'm in love with a car!

Kiki
Phoenix, Arizona
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
4.0
This is the best car I have ever owned. I love everything about it. Although it is a four door sedan, it does not loose its sporty edge. Being a new mommy going anywhere requires packing extras of everything. The Malibu has tons of room! Long leg passengers can sit comfortably in both the front seat or back. The interior is well put together with no large unsightly gaps, and there are no rattles or air flow through the cabin when driving on highways. All controls are easily accessible to the driver, and the controls on the steering wheel. The car handles amazingly, on both city streets and highways. You do have to pay attention to speed though, before you know it your doing 100 mph plus! The lighting on this car, both inside and out, is unremarkable. At night the dash lights are bright... (more)
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Living in such a large area like Phoenix, sometimes you can feel like you kind of just blend in. Not in this car, the Chevy Malibu is FOR SURE a head turner! I remember driving home the day I purchased my car. At every stop I made the car automatically demanded attention! There was not one stop light that I stopped at that when I looked around all eyes were not on me. I even had someone yell a... (more)
Pros
The car as a whole is a pro! Its well made, spacious without loosing its sporty edge, and the sound system is awesome. The headlights are bright enough that even going down rural poor lit roads you have no issues seeing what's around you. I love that there are so many options on how you can move the drivers seat. Its one of those cars you just feel safe both riding in or driving. I love the layout of the dash and the lights on the instrument panel Also there are small lights on the bottom on the rearview mirror that completely light up the ENTIRE center console, but do not interfere with y... (more)
Cons
Of course just like anything else in life there are a few down falls to the car. When pulling up to your destination, upon putting the car in park the doors automatically unlock. I understand that it is a feature intended to make locking your keys in it nearly impossible. However, personally I like being able to pull up to my destination and being able to get everything together before unlocking the doors and getting out. Especially living in a large city safety is a huge concern to me! The only other downfall that Malibu possess is the fact that its fuel mileage is not the greatest. Grant... (more)

Generations

Named after the coastal California town, the Chevrolet Malibu was a staple in '60s beach culture. Today, it's a midsize family sedan that remains a favorite offering among Chevy fans, right alongside the equally iconic Impala. Although the Malibu got its start as a trim level on a Chevelle, over nine generations it's carved out its own identity in the industry.

2016 - Present (Ninth Generation)

In 2016, Chevrolet revealed a fully redesigned Malibu that shed nearly 300 pounds while also offering more interior room than the previous iteration. The sleek body shape has been compared to the modern tenth-generation Impalas released in 2014.

All models in this generation are front-wheel-drive. The Malibu comes stock with a brand-new LFV Ecotec 1.5-liter turbo engine that makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Those who crave more speed and power can opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque; it comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The ninth-generation marks the first time a full hybrid Malibu was available, much to the delight of eco-conscious Chevy fans. It uses an electric motor paired with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine for a total of 182 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

The ninth-generation Malibu also features crash-avoidance safety technology, as well as a teen driver feature that allows parents to monitor driving statistics -- the first feature of its kind in the automotive industry.

In 2019, Chevy gave the Malibu a light refresh that included mild updates to the front grille, bumper and headlights as well as the rear bumper and dual exhaust tips. A backup camera was added to the base trim and s sport-tuned RS trim level was added. The 1.5-liter engine is now paired with a CVT automatic gearbox that replaces the six-speed automatic. Inside, the 2019 model adds a standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with updated software.

2012 - 2016 (Eighth Generation)

In contrast to the more elegant seventh-generation Malibu, the eighth-generation features more aggressive contours and sculpting, including block tail lighting and a more prominent front grille.

The interior was also redesigned to feel more modern while also making room for the large touch-screen infotainment screen that featured MyLink, Pandora, SiriusXM and navigation as an optional upgrade.

Engine options varied by country, but in the U.S., the eighth generation came with 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions.

The eighth-generation's ECO models went on sale officially in 2012 and turbo models were introduced in 2013.

2008 - 2012 (Seventh Generation)

The seventh generation Malibu was entirely redesigned to deliver a more refined, elegant and modern aesthetic.

Chevrolet significantly improved safety features, including upgraded airbags and brakes, traction control, an electronic tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps and more.

Chevrolet also introduced a hybrid Malibu offering to improve fuel efficiency.

Depending on the year of purchase, buyers could choose among various 2.4-liter, 3.5-liter and 3.6-liter engines with 4-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission configurations.

2004 - 2008 (Sixth Generation)

The sixth generation Malibu had a complete interior redesign, as well as some exterior changes such as bigger headlights and a blunt rear design.

Buyers could choose between a 4-door sedan or a hatchback version called the Malibu Maxx that was discontinued in the 2007 model year.

Chevrolet also introduced SS (Super Sport) version in 2006 and 2007 that included a 3.9-liter V6 engine that delivered 240 horsepower, as opposed to the 2.2-liter and 3.5-liter engines that made 200 and 217 horsepower, respectively, in the previous iterations.

1997 - 2005 (Fifth Generation)

Chevrolet revived the Malibu name in 1994, following 14 years of hiatus.

The design was typical of the '90s sedans of the time, with soft sculpting and round headlamps that were common in comparable vehicles.

Buyers could choose from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivered 150 horsepower or a 3.1-liter 6-cylinder engine that made 155 horsepower, and the vehicle was only available in a front-wheel-drive configuration.

1978 - 1983 (Fourth Generation)

The fourth generation Malibu marks the first time the Malibu shed its Chevelle name and became a separate model, as previously the Malibu was a trim level on the Chevelle and the most popular Chevelle badge.

The streamlined design was roughly one foot shorter and 500 to 1,000 pounds lighter than the third generation, while still offering more leg room, head room and trunk space.

The vehicle was available in two trim levels: the Malibu or Malibu Classic and three body styles were available: a sedan, coupe or station wagon. A 3.3-liter V6 engine came stock, and eventually V8 options were made available.

1973 - 1977 (Third Generation)

In 1973, the third generation Malibu and Malibu SS were actually the mid-range trim levels of the Chevelle (the Deluxe was the entry-level option and the Laguna was the top of the line). In 1974, Chevy dropped the Deluxe and the Malibu took its place as the entry-level option and the Malibu Classic replaced the Laguna as the high-end trim level. An inline 6-cylinder engine came standard in the Malibu Chevelle.

1968 - 1972 (Second Generation)

In 1968, Chevy completely revamped all of its Chevelle models, including the Malibu. The company also introduced the Malibu Concours luxury option for coupes and sedans that included upscale refinements such as upgraded vinyl or cloth bench seats, wood trim, a center console, floor shifting and more.

The base engine was a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 200 horsepower.

Throughout its four years on the market, the Malibu Chevelle underwent multiple design changes, including revised tail lights, grilles and rear decks.

1964 - 1967 (First Generation)

The Malibu got its start as the top-of-the-line trim level of the Chevy Chevelle. Buyers could choose from sedan, coupe, convertible or wagon models.

The Malibu SS was geared towards those who wanted more power, speed and performance thanks to its 6-cylinder V8 engine options, and it was available as either a coupe or convertible. The SS model also featured upgrades such as bucket seats, engine gauges and a center console that had optional Powerglide or 4-speed manual transmission configurations.

Throughout the course of the first generation's lifespan, it went through multiple design changes, including revised grilles, tail sections and tail lights, as well as the addition of an 8-track tape player in 1967.

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