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LS w/1LS Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 33 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 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

Exterior Features

  • 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

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, 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.)

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 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

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. 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 vehicle Owner's Handbook for more information.)
  • 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

Options & Packages

Additional Options

Ls uplevel package ($500)

  • Includes (UPF) Bluetooth for phone
  • (UK3) steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • (B37) carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • (B86) body-color bodyside moldings and (ZFH) compact spare tire

Lpo, protection package ($315)

  • Includes dealer-installed premium all-weather front and rear floor mats and front and rear molded splash guards

Lpo, convenience package ($195)

  • Includes envelope-style
  • Cross-car convenience net and cargo organizer

2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

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

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

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

Overall I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

The car is not very quiet when driving at higher speeds. The intake and exhaust actuator solenoids both went. Also, the camshaft position sensors both failed. Overall the size for a family of 3 is ok for travel but with 2 children it tends to get tight with car seats installed in the vehicle. The car has a lot of places for storing things. Although the trunk space of a little compromised by the shape. The headlight bulbs require removing the bumper partially to get at them.

- William Y

Looks can be deceiving...

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

The body of my vehicle is absolutely stunning looking! Rides, and drives very smoothly. Beautiful interior, pretty up to date features. It's a perfect car for me, I'm not a sports car type of person haha. Even though I love the car, it's got some issues a seven year old car shouldn't have, like I'm already having transmission problems, and the car itself hasn't really gone anywhere outside of my county. I plan on getting that checked real soon, but other than that I love my car!

- Cody C

This Chevy Malibu is a very good running car. I love it!

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

The only thing that I do not love about my car is how low to the ground it is. Other than that I love it. The first and second levels of air conditioning and heat do not work but it is not a huge problem for me. I do not want to purchase a new air conditioner in the car it would be too expensive. Although, it is not too expensive to get this car worked on. Great quality and brand.

- Laundry P

Happy with Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

The Chevrolet Malibu has been my most reliable and favorite car I have owned. I have owned it for about 3 years. The performance is great. Smooth on the roads. I am very comfortable driving the car because it is not a big car. My car has had zero issues with regular maintenance. I continue to buy Chevrolet vehicles and am always impressed with my purchases.

- Mila S

Perfect car for a family of four

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

My first car was a Malibu so it was a no brainer to get another one. It's an amazing day vehicle. I love that it has a good amount of cup holders, it has the child locks on the doors. The leather interior doesn't get overly hot and the A/C gets cold super fast. I love this car and will definitely be getting another one when the opportunity knocks !

- Tracy N

My vehicle headlights are kind of expensive.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

I love my car I haven't had any major problems out it. My car is white it gets great gas mileage. The only problem is when my headlights goes out it is hard to find someone to replace them. My kids also love my car because my past history with purchasing car has been really bad. I keep my oil changed in it and everything well maintained.

- Marquette D

great family car or work car it is versatile

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

the car has been very reliable since I purchased it new in 2012 there was one problem with the undercarriage not being secure but the issue was quickly resolved.I get good gas mileage and no major repairs have been needed. The interior and exterior of the car have been easy to maintain and have stayed in fair condition

- Danielle T

I LOVE THIS CAR!! Super clean, super reliable. Fun to drive

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

My vehicle comes equipped with OnStar, which I LOVE. It has a sunroof, iPod hookup/USB that charges my iPhone at the same time and lots of trunk space! It handles really smoothly. Under the hood, it's crazy clean, with covers for the engine and battery. Came with a spare tire (not a donut) and a jack to fix it with.

- Mary J

Great Chevy Malibu my best buddy.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

My car has been very reliable and comfortable. It has no maintenance issue and drives very smoothly. I love my car and it is an asset for our family and friends. My family take a annual vacation and we mostly drive to our destination. We also take short vacations and I am very happy with the performance of my car.

- Allan J

The Chevy Malibu has a great sleek design to it.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

This is a great car for families. I have two car seats in the back and plenty of room for both of them and the people in the front. I did have my transmission go out only at about 100,000 miles and I have regular maintenance done to it as my husband is a mechanic. The car has great pick up for highway traveling.

- Tanya E

Great car for a great value

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Good car and a good value. Performs well and gets good gas mileage. I would recommend this car to family and friends. The inside is nice and comfortable. Easy access to all features. The sound system is wonderful. This car is great for everyday commutes or for family trips. I give it four out of five stars.

- Norman K

Reliable with some minor issues, 185,000 miles and counting!

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Overall reliable. Some minor things here and there. The windshield wipers quit, easy fix. Fan blower motor is loose but works most of time. Nothing major wrong with it. 185000 miles and still running fine. My model is a base model, so no Bluetooth from factory but gets good gas mileage for a mid size sedan.

- James B

My Marvelous Malibu Great performing vehicle

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

This car has been very reliable. I have only had to do regular routine maintenance on it no major work.I've had it for about 5 years and have had no problems. It rides very smoothly and is excellent on gas. I love everything about it. I would buy another Chevrolet Malibu. I highly recommend it.

- Lisa H

Very reliable. Minimum repairs.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

This vehicle has been very reliable. I currently have 236,000 miles on it and the engine and transmission have never needed repair, The most costly repair was to the water pump. I like that it has minimum electronic bells and whistles. No Bluetooth or display screen. I do miss a backup camera.

- Richard H

Chevrolet Vehicles The Best

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

My vehicle is very nice and reliable. It rides very smooth like a brand new car. Chevy is the best brand to go with. They're very good reliable vehicles and you won't be disappointed. I've been driving Chevy vehicles for the past 15 years and they all have been very reliable cars

- Mia D

I love my Chevy Malibu so much

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

I love my car because it's easy to maintain. I haven't had any major problems yet. It seats 5. And it is just enough space for me. It's a smooth ride. Large trunk. Back seat is decent size. I like that it has a lot of storage and the covers to hide the cup holders.

- Samantha W

It is reliable and is spacious. Drives very smooth

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

It has never given me any major issues. My car has always been reliable and for the most part as long as the car is maintained we don't have issues. We have replaced the battery the tires and some sensors but other than typical wear and tear it is a great vehicle

- Kayla R

An interesting detail is the square back end.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

This vehicle drives smooth and is very comfortable with great tires. I love the body shape and it is silver with factory rims that turn heads. Great car to travel and it is very economical. Very good on gas mileage and has a very spacious trunk for travel.

- Ashley N

Love my Malibu I love owning a Chevy Malibu, it's been such a great car!

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

Haven't had any trouble at all! It runs and rides smoothly. I love Chevrolet vehicles, they are always dependable. I have plenty of room for our Army family. We travel a lot. Great on gas. I like the color of mine which is dark gray. It looks classy.

- Cher D

Runs great but does have poor assembly

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS

I love the body trim and the spacious feel of the interior. However, I do think it is cheaply assembled. My front bumper is peeling tremendously and isn't tough. But it is still running very good and has been a very reliable source of transportation.

- Sarah N

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