Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Pros

  • Strong V6
  • comfortable ride
  • strong brakes
  • quiet cabin
  • simple controls.

Cons

  • Rear seat is less spacious than rivals
  • inconsistent quality of cabin materials
  • lacks some competitive features.

Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for Sale

Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
129,750 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$8,183
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
97,747 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LS
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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2012 Chevrolet Malibu with an available Extended Warranty
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
83,459 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
Source Auto Group
35.8 mi away
List$7,500
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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$206 Below Market
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
18,800 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LS Fleet
CarMax
36.1 mi away
List$12,998
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
76,290 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$13,495
Est.Loan: $252/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
115,247 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LS
(2)
A-1 Auto Sales
38.6 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
54,916 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$9,999
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
68,554 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LS
CarMax
40 mi away
List$11,598
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
70,649 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$8,485
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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Grab a bargain on this 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT w1LT before someone else snatches it. Comfortable yet easy to maneuver, its tried-and-true Automatic transmission and its durable Gas 4-Cyl 2.4L145 engine have lots of pep for a bargain price. It's outfitted with the following options: WHEELS, 17 (43.2 CM) 5-SPOKE FLANGELESS MACHINE-FACED ALLOY (STD), TRANSMISSION, 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC electronically controlled with overdrive (STD), TITANIUM, CUSTOM CLOTH SEAT TRIM, PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP includes Standard Equipment, LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT, IMPERIAL BLUE METALLIC, 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) (STD), AUDIO SYSTEM, AMFM STEREO WITH USB PORT, CD PLAYER AND MP3 PLAYBACK seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 36 cross-band presets (STD), Wipers, front intermittent, variable, speed-sensitive, and Windows, power with driver Express-Down and rear passenger lockout. You've done your research, Visit Fast Lane Car Sales at 5041 Williamsport Pike Martinsburg WV 25404 or call 681-353-2104 today!
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LTZ 4dr Sedan w/2LZ (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
68,468 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LTZ
Antwerpen Genesis
42.6 mi away
List$9,987
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
127,587 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
JBA Chevrolet
47.4 mi away
List$6,750
Est.Loan: $126/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LTZ 4dr Sedan w/2LZ (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
44,040 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LTZ
List$11,290
Est.Loan: $211/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
Here at Glen Burnie Auto Exchange, customer satisfaction is our guarantee! This 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ is the vehicle for you! See all of the equipment and features! Adjust your seat to your liking with the Power Adjustable Driver's Seat. Your passenger can ride comfortably with a Power Adjustable Passenger Seat! Stay safe with Curtain Airbags! On*Star provides safety and security features, turn-by turn navigation, Wi-Fi, and much more! Luxurious Leather Seats will keep you comfortable for the entire ride! Who doesn't love a sunroof? Open it up and ride into the sunset! Get everyone to soccer practice with a 3 Passenger Rear Seat! Add personal comfort with a Telescopic Steering Wheel! Brake smoothly with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Stay on the road with Traction Control!
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/2LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
85,264 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$9,445
Est.Loan: $177/mo
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Criswell Used Car Superstore strives to make your car buying experience great! Check out all the features for this beautiful 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT ! On*Star provides safety and security features, turn-by turn navigation, Wi-Fi, and much more! Luxurious Leather Seats will keep you comfortable for the entire ride! Who doesn't love a sunroof? Open it up and ride into the sunset!
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
112,147 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$7,588
Est.Loan: $142/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LTZ 4dr Sedan w/2LZ (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
94,592 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LTZ
Bob Bell Chevrolet
54.4 mi away
List$8,999
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
120,622 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LS
List$5,270
Est.Loan: $99/mo
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$145 Below Market
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Priced to sell! Well Maintained. Fuel Efficient. This vehicle is so fresh and so clean!
Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
71,756 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$8,473
Est.Loan: $158/mo
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Chevrolet Malibu 2012 LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
49,554 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Malibu
LT
List$11,989
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Considering the number of superior midsize sedans on the market and the fact that an all-new Malibu is just around the corner, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is hard to recommend.

vehicle overview

Like the fleeting careers of many celebrities who call Malibu (the place) home, the story of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu (the car) is a lesson in just how fast things can change. It was just four years ago that this then-new seventh-generation midsize sedan took home the prestigious North American Car of the Year award. And while the Malibu is still a fine car, the landscape in the midsize sedan category has changed so dramatically in recent years that this one-time media darling no longer quite measures up to the competition.

To its credit, the Malibu still has some strengths, including attractive styling, nicely balanced ride and handling qualities and quick acceleration with the V6 engine. But these merits are overshadowed by a cramped rear seat, the use of some subpar quality interior materials and the lack of popular convenience and safety features available on competitive models.

Most of all, however, the Malibu has been bettered by an onslaught of competitor models. The sleek Hyundai Sonata and related Kia Optima offer excellent engines, attractive style and loads of value for the money. The Volkswagen Passat is now cheaper and larger than before, while the highly regarded Ford Fusion and sporty Nissan Altima are both very strong contenders. Complicating matters further is the fact that an all-new eighth-generation Malibu will debut as a 2013 model in the early months of 2012, and it looks very impressive. Put all this together and we have a hard time recommending the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in three basic trim levels -- LS, LT and LTZ -- that are then broken down into several sub-models.

The standard equipment for the entry-level Malibu LS includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a partial power driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, OnStar and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

The next step up is the LT, which is subdivided into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT models. High points here include 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside mirrors and side moldings, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB audio jack. The 2LT and 3LT come with all that plus upgraded upholstery, remote ignition, additional power driver seat adjustments, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a rear-seat 110-volt household-style AC power outlet.

Spring for the range-topping LTZ and you'll get 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated outside mirrors, a sunroof, LED taillights, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, upgraded instruments, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. Many of these features are also grouped into options packages that can be added to the lower trim levels. In addition, a sunroof is available on all models except the LS.

2012 Highlights

With an all-new 2013 model waiting in the wings, the 2012 Chevy Malibu gets only minor changes including a few new options packages.

Performance & mpg

The standard engine for the 2012 Malibu is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 169 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Estimated fuel economy for this powertrain is 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. In Edmunds performance testing, a four-cylinder Malibu reached 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is about average for four-cylinder-powered sedans in this class.

A 3.6-liter V6 good for 252 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque is available on LT and LTZ models. The six-speed automatic is standard here as well. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/26/20 mpg. Our test of a V6-equipped Malibu resulted in a 0-60-mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds, making it one of the quicker V6 sedans in its category.

Safety

The 2012 Chevy Malibu comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and the OnStar telematics system.

In government crash testing the Malibu earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Malibu its highest rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset and side-impact testing. In Edmunds brake testing, a V6 Malibu impressed us by stopping from 60 mph in a short, fade-free 122 feet.

Driving

Behind the wheel, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu impresses with its smooth, quiet ride and confident handling. Steering feel is generally good for a mainstream sedan, though several of our editors actually preferred the electric-assisted power steering used to help boost fuel efficiency in four-cylinder models to the more conventional hydraulic steering assist that comes with the V6 engine.

Which powertrain is right for you depends on your driving style and expectations, but most buyers should be happy with the combination of the four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Not surprisingly, the V6 is a better choice for those looking for stronger acceleration, provided they can live with the significantly lower fuel economy that comes with it.

Interior

While the interior of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu looks good, the overall effect is cheapened somewhat by the use of low-quality materials in a few places. The layout of gauges and controls is refreshingly simple, however, and the use of acoustic insulation gives the space a pleasant hush.

Up front, the seats are both comfortable and supportive, though wider folks may find the pronounced side bolsters make it hard to get settled. The rear seat is passable for a couple of adults, but it's a snug fit for three people or even a pair of larger folks compared to some other midsize sedans.

Out back, the trunk offers a healthy 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room that's made more flexible by the 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. That said, the space here is shallow and the opening is on the small side, making loading and unloading larger objects a bit challenging.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.

Overall Consumer Rating
3.318 reviews
5(28%)
4(22%)
3(17%)
2(22%)
1(11%)

Most helpful consumer reviews

Work Car
rlhinmi,07/16/2012
Recently my workplace replaced the 2009 Impala I had been driving with a 2012 Malibu. The exterior design looks more modern than the Impala, but the ride is much more stiff. The steering is very light, reminding me a little of the Buick my grandparents had in the 80s. The build quality seems good--solid Ka-thunk when doors close. Interior graphics for the trip computer and clock seem dated. The power adjustment for lumbar support is a nice touch. In 1500 miles of mostly highway driving the car has been getting 22.5 MPG with E85, which is required by my workplace.
Not A Family Car
Matt,12/09/2015
I bought my 2012 Chevy Malibu LS new in 2012 due to us losing a company car, and we went cheap on the trim. I have 2 children (under 5), and I can't say that I'm all that impressed with my Malibu, especially when comparing it to my wife's 2009 Ford Fusion SEL. The Malibu's 2.4L engine is very underpowered for a sedan. The transmission has never downshifted smoothly when approaching a light/stop sign (I'm assuming GM programmed the transmission this way to improve fuel economy). The fuel economy isn't as advertised (especially around town). We've had 3 recalls on the car, and for only having 39,500 miles, there are more squeaks and rattles than my wife's Fusion. The brakes and tires have worn very quickly. My friend has complained about the same issue with the same car. The throttle hesitates, and it seems the torque converter has a difficult time applying power to the wheels at lower RPMs. The paint scratches very easy, and the trunk opening is so small. We cannot the same types of items in my Malibu as we can in the Fusion (stroller, infant's swing, etc). On the positive side, we haven't had any major issues with it so far, and it is a very comfortable car to drive. The cabin is very quiet, and the car is easy on the eyes. The car is good in the snow, and the Bluetooth technology works great. The car warms up quickly in the winter. It is probably a nice vehicle for a single driver, but for a family it doesn't quite get the job done. I wouldn't recommend buying this vehicle.
In Love w/ my Malibu
fireguy841,01/26/2014
Bought my Malibu used but it rides like a brand new car. On a scale of 1-10 I'm at a 9.75. I love the smooth ride it provides along with the great look it has. I bought the top of the line one with chrome 16 inch wheels, chrome door handles, low profile tires, leather/suede interior power everything. Love that it sits low to the ground giving you almost a sports car feel with the feels of a luxury car. Great gas mileage, not to mention it rides great in the snow. Definitely love this car. It is my 4th chevy I've owned and is my all time favorite.
Three months into ownership...
brownco4,06/05/2012
We're off to a good start. The car looks nice standing still and has a moon roof that adds to the look. It's a unique off white color outside and has a leather with suede look seat. Soon after buying this we drove 1400 miles over a weekend with four adults. Both front and back seats were comfortable. The headrests in front and the seat belts are some of the most comfortable we've ever had. Front seats also recline for naps on those trips. Acceleration is good, and this car will roll along for hours at high, interstate speeds with indifference to winds. The car is very quiet also. The large trunk is very nice as well.
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Features & Specs

MPG
22 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
169 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
22 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
169 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
22 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
169 hp @ 6400 rpm
MPG
17 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
252 hp @ 6300 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover18.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

The Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in the following submodels: Malibu Sedan. Available styles include LT 4dr Sedan w/1LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Sedan w/2LT (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LTZ 4dr Sedan w/2LZ (3.6L 6cyl 6A), LT 4dr Sedan w/3LT (3.6L 6cyl 6A), LTZ 4dr Sedan w/1LZ (2.4L 4cyl 6A), and LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A).

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Price comparisons for Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT is priced between $6,400 and$13,495 with odometer readings between 43005 and147679 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS is priced between $5,270 and$11,598 with odometer readings between 68554 and120622 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS Fleet is priced between $8,940 and$12,998 with odometer readings between 18800 and69030 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ is priced between $8,999 and$11,290 with odometer readings between 44040 and94592 miles.

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