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LS w/1FL Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17-22 City / 29-33 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder Variable Valve Timing MFI (169 hp [126.0 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 160 lb-ft torque [216.0 N-m] @ 4500 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-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
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

Exterior Features

  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) fascia spoke (Painted Sterling Silver trim)
  • Tires, 17" (43.2 cm) touring, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color
  • Moldings, body-color rocker
  • Window trim, bright, side
  • 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 front-side and windshield
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive
  • License plate bezel, chrome, rear
  • Door handles, body-color

Entertainment Features

  • 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 and auxiliary input jack
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • XM Radio XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah & Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. Visit gm.xmradio.com for more details.)

Interior Features

  • 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 manual lumbar control
  • Console, floor with floor shifter, integral sliding armrest and dual storage compartment
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke with mounted cruise controls
  • 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, enhanced with remote start enable
  • 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

Safety Features

  • 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. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostic available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Turn-by-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details. For a list of vehicles with Automatic Crash Notification visit onstar.com.)
  • 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

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

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Worst Car Ever. Most Mechanical Issues Ever

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

My car has had mechanical problem since about 6 months after I bought it. I had to have the power steering replaced and a new timing chain put on. My car has had 3 different catalytic converters put on along with 2 new batteries. I am constantly have oil leak issues with the gaskets in my car. Which those gaskets have also been replaced many times. It doesn't have any good features and the locking mechanisms shorted out within a few weeks of getting the car.

- Kimberly W

Small, but inconvenient replacement parts!

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

It's now ten years old, so there have been some mechanical problems lately. The stabilizers has to be replaced, rotors on two of the wheels. Also, one of the headlights went out about a year ago, and if my brother wouldn't have been able to help me, I would've had to go to a body shop to have replaced. It's not easily accessed... the whole front bumper had to be removed to access the headlight! Just to replace a bulb!!

- Martha W

2009 Chevy Malibu review.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

Smooth ride 102k miles on the car. I have owned the car over 10 years. Decent on gas good power for a 4 cylinder car. One complaint when the headlights need to be replaced you have to take the bumper off the change the lights. Never had to do that before. Replaced the brakes several times. But overall a decent mid sized car at a reasonable price.

- Bernard H

Perfect car for everyone!!

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

This is a very reliable vehicle. It runs smooth and it is perfect on fuel. It is roomy with a large trunk for luggage. The spare is located in the trunk. Use premium for better fuel mileage. Wonderful for a starter car for a small family just starting out. All of this comes with the perfect price.

- Selina T

It's a GEM wouldn't trade it for the world

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

Biggest issues so far have been catalytic converter plugging up and cam sensors going bad. Oh and not to mention the power steering issues that is fortunately covered by factory. Otherwise it's been a pretty reliable vehicle. Seems like it could get better mileage than it does but what can you do.

- Luke B

I feel like the ease to drive it is great

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1FL

I love the look of my car. I love the interior and the radio is easy to work. My car does have a leak problem above the drivers side door so when it rains that's a pain! Trunk has plenty of room also. The front passenger side seat is a little cramped for long legged people through.

- Courtney E

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