Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,135 - $30,200
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
169-252
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,135 - $30,200
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
169-252
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.6 Comfort 4.1 Styling 3.6 Value 3.0

You'll Like The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu If...

If you've been wanting to come back to a domestic sedan, but felt the quality, styling and features just weren't there, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is your ticket back to the good old days...

2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

4.19

496 Reviews

41% 40% 17% 2% 1%

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Safe convenient flex fuel economy gas optional regular gas.

I like my car takes flex fuel gas so I save money on gas as well can also use regular gas, it drives great and only had 1 owner before I leased it, very reliable have not had many problems, can fit up to 5 people, seats can be adjusted to move forward and back steering wheel tilts and moves inward and outward, has latch straps has a 1 disc CD player, speakers sound good for stock radio, 4 door sedan, has front, back and side airbags, front wheel drive, anti lock brakes, has 34,000 miles, oil change and brakes have been changed and kept up with, new tires have been put on and balanced, keyless entry and alarm, remote start has been installed. A couple of months after remote start was installed it did have an electrical problem to the main brain but this has been fixed. Car drives smooth mostly highway miles, about 15 to 16 mpg. Exterior white, interior tan with silver trim, fabric seats, kid friendly, descent size trunk, driver seat also has lumbar adjustment, very comfortable, electric windows, electric mirrors, child safety lock, key for ignition and can use key for entry and to lock and unlock doors. Am/FM radio, clock on radio, speaker can be adjusted to get lower when slowing down and louder when driving, electric info for miles has options for different languages, cruise control, automatic can also be used to manually shift gears, does not drive well in any type of rain is not good to drive in the snow or sleet or hail, has traction control but I personally do not feel that it drives well in bad weather. Small car convenient to get to places I would not travel far.

- Jennifer W

Chevy Malibu: the Little Car that Could... and DOES!

I love my little Malibu. It's not a perfect or luxury car, but considering it's the first car I ever purchased as an adult, it goes above and beyond to meet my needs. The interior is sleek and comfortable, the seats have plenty of customization options including height and back support, and there's plenty of storage in the front area. The front area even has some dim green lights that come on when it's dark, just bright enough to see your cup holders and dash without being distracting, which is a feature I seriously appreciate. The car feels roomy on the interior, with lots of trunk space as well. It gets decent mileage, which is important to me as I commute to work and my campus daily. My only real complaint is that it does have some pretty big blind spots while driving, which took some getting used to for sure. Once you're aware of them, though, they're fairly easy to compensate for! Overall, this car is reliable and efficient and, when the time comes to buy a new car some day down the line, I'll definitely be looking at new Malibu models!

- Jordan U

Very nice car clean and comfortable

Ok first thing is when you get in at first it has a lot of features and exotic light on the dashboard. You get turquoise LED lights all around the car to give it a comfy vibe. The seats are motor powered easy to tune to the comfort of your bunions. You can design the way you sit basically. In addition there's a lot of technology on the steering wheel. On your right you have your volume buttons, and you have your hands free phone controls. Fully equipped with Bluetooth so you don't even have to touch your phone. In addition it also has 4 cup holders and a roomy glove box compared to a lot of other cars. It has an aux cord plug in and the air conditioning is an absolute life saver. Strongest I've ever seen. My car came with a sunroof which makes it look really sporty in the summer. Now some faults. The cars worst features. It has a throttle hesitation. Which is tricky. It's really bad on gas too. Those are the only bad things about it now that I think of it. It's a really great car. And I would buy it again. :)

- Vincent E

Ranked #15 Midsize Cars by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

2012 Chevrolet Malibu Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
LS w/1LS
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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
LTZ w/2LZ
Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,135 - $8,648
$9,475 - $11,112

Horsepower

Horsepower
169 hp
169 - 170 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 16
ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 16
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 in.
42.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.4 in.
39.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 in.
37.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.1 cu. ft.
15.1 cu. ft.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.3 in.
112.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39.4 ft.
39.4 ft.

Length

Length
191.8 in.
191.8 in.

Width

Width
70.3 in.
70.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3432 .lbs
3473 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
169 hp
169 - 170 hp

Torque

Torque
160 ft. lbs.
158 - 160 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16 gal.
16 gal.

Combined

Combined
11 - 17 mpg
11 - 17 mpg

City

City
22 mpg
22 mpg

Highway

Highway
33 mpg
33 mpg

Category Name: Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Category Name: Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety