2010 Chevrolet Malibu Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Chevrolet Malibu - Road Test Specs

2010 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2010
Base MSRP$23,435
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$23,435


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine type2.4-liter inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,384cc (145 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)169 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)160 @ 4,500
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic and column shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.48; II: 2.87; III: 1.84; IV: 1.41; V: 1.00; VI: 0.74; R: 2.88; Final Drive: 2.77


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4
Tire brandFirestone
Tire modelFR710
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance
Tire size, frontP215/55 R17 935
Tire size, rearP215/55 R17 935
Wheel size17 inches
Wheel materialStamped steel with plastic-chrome hubcaps
Brakes, front11.7-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.9-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)9.1
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.7 @ 83.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.9
@ Full throttle (dB)71.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNo real means of making a significant difference in acceleration here. Brake torque gains marginal time. Manual shifting doesn't improve the time because automatic shifts come at redline anyway. Best run in "D."
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSoft, low-effort pedal, but still relatively consistent. Brakes are working, however, as they smelled during our test sequence.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Utterly feel-free steering; dead, numb. No weight, effort buildup or feel. What's the front end doing? Slalom: Response and manners are on par for the class, but numb steering hurt overall impression and, more importantly, confidence as the limit approaches.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67
Relative humidity (%)70
Wind (mph, direction)5.0, tail and crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/33 highway/26 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,436
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,428
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.5/39.5
Length (in.)191.8
Width (in.)70.3
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)112.3
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)60.0
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles

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