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2010 Chevrolet Malibu

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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Chevy's mid-size offerings, like most GM passenger cars, suffered corporate neglect in the 1990s and early 2000s as customers – and the company's engineering attention and budget – increasingly shifted toward trucks and SUVs. Two years after its introduction, the most important vehicle in the Chevrolet lineup isn't a truck or SUV, but a car: The 2010 Malibu. Chevrolet's Malibu has bolted from middle-of-the-road contender straight to the top of the mid-size sedan game. The 2010 Malibu looks wonderful, is solidly built and carefully crafted inside and out, offers good fuel economy, drives wonderfully and is priced to sell in serious volumes. There is even an affordable "mild" hybrid version that performs better than the base four-cylinder car and gets four miles-per-gallon better in city driving.

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The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu's bold, attractive sheetmetal and stylish interior touches are backed by confident handling, a quiet ride and an overall level of refinement competitive with the category's best. Unlike some competitors, the fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine is available on all Malibu trims, not just the entry-level model.

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The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu hasn't been around long enough to challenge the impressive resale values of the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Certain high-end features available on competitors, like DVD navigation, music streaming and keyless start and entry, are not offered on the Malibu. And Chevrolet has nothing to counter Ford's SYNC voice activated audio system.

What's New for 2010

Minor changes for Chevrolet's major player include the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission on 1LT trims, E85 compatibility on the 2.4-liter engine and a driver's side power lumbar support replacing the manual lumbar support on all models.

Driving the Malibu

Driving Impressions The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu's long wheelbase, wide stance and stiff structure combine for a pleasing balance of ride and handling that's not at all common in this class, particularly for...

a domestic brand. The energy-efficient electric power steering on four-cylinder models – though better than earlier GM electric power steering applications – feels a bit artificial on-center; the conventional hydraulic power steering on V6 cars offers more precise feel. The standard four-speed automatic, a perceived disadvantage to competitors with five-speeds, is smooth and pleasant on the road. GM's new fuel-efficient six-speed automatic, standard on the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trims, is a welcome addition to the Malibu lineup and offers paddle shifters for more spirited driving. The Malibu Hybrid, though not as fuel-efficient around town as the more expensive "full" hybrid Camry, delivers smooth performance and a four miles-per-gallon economy enhancement for about $1,800 more than a conventional 1LT four-cylinder.

Remote Starting
Available on 1LT models and standard on 2LT and LTZ, this terrific feature lets you start the engine and warm or cool the interior from a distance, with the car still locked, well before departing.

Turn-by-Turn Navigation
A GM OnStar feature, this service provides precise verbal directions through the car's audio system without the need to program in a destination.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu's beautifully crafted interior uses premium materials throughout. The "dual-cockpit" instrument panel's major gauges are backlit in blue, ambient lighting provides a warm environment and overhead LED floodlights project subdued light on the console area between the front seats. The deep center console's sliding cover opens to accommodate large items, there's a handy storage compartment atop the instrument panel and an available "rear power center" provides a 110-volt AC power outlet. Two available two-tone trim combinations – Ebony and Brick and Cocoa and Cashmere – offer a choice of metallic-look or woodgrain accents, while an all-Ebony combination is accented with tasteful woodgrain.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Malibu photo

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu hits a high-water mark for its size and price with taut proportions, elegant lines and a crisp, clean profile. Its split grille represents the new global face of Chevrolet cars, and its twin round tail lamps are traditional Chevy cues. LTZ models feature front fog lamps and clear-lens LED tail lamps, while V-6-powered Malibus sport twin chrome exhausts. With tight panel gaps and rich-looking details, this new mid-size Chevy looks like $40,000 while starting at half that price.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Malibu's comprehensive list of standard safety features includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, front seat-belt pretensioners, OnStar 8.0 and six air bags: Dual-stage front, front seat-mounted thorax (side) and two-row head-curtain bags. Also standard are a four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch painted steel wheels, XM Satellite Radio and (surprisingly) a choice of interiors that includes two-tone trim combinations. The range-topping LTZ offers front fog lamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual chrome exhausts and clear-lens LED taillamps.

Optional Equipment

2010 Chevrolet Malibu option and equipment packages include such features as power-adjustable pedals, uplevel interiors, leather seats, power equipment groups and a premium audio system. A GPS navigation system is not yet available (partially because the center stack design doesn't provide room for a screen), but Turn-by-Turn verbal directions can be easier to use (you call in destinations to an OnStar operator rather than program them in) and you may not miss the screen.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu offers a choice of a standard 169-horsepower 2.4-liter ECOTEC four, a 164-horsepower four-cylinder "mild" hybrid system or a 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, all with dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing. The Hybrid teams a small electric motor with a more fuel-efficient version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder to deliver two miles-per-gallon better fuel economy. The four-cylinder is teamed with a four-speed automatic, while a fuel-efficient six-speed automatic is standard with the V6 and optional across the rest of the lineup.

2.4-liter 4-cylinder
169 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
158 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (four-speed), 16/23 (E85, four-speed), 22/33 (six-speed), 15/23 (E85, six-speed)

3.6-liter V6
252 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (Hybrid)
164 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
159 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/34

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 569 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Chevy is the best.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,310

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love driving it."

Cons: "Not sure if I found any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

It's my personal baby.

"This is the first Chevy I have ever own. Never was a GM person until I got this car in 2008. Now I'm sold on it. Don't think I'll go back to Ford, Lincoln, Or Mercury again. When I bought this car it had 35 miles on it. I keep it up with service cleaning in & out. I just love this car don't know what I would do with out it.If I ever have to get another car I'll go get another GM product if not a Malibu."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

It's my personal baby.

Changing the head lamps was unbelievable!

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Adjustable gas & brake peddles"

Cons: "Headlight will either cost U $350 or 3 hrs labor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2008 Malibu is one of the few vehicles that has the adjustable gas & brake peddles. I like this feature because I am very petite and this allows me to sit a little further from the steering wheel (air bag phobia!). However, YouTube how to change the headlamp in a 2008 Malibu or Saturn - you will find a process that either takes you 3 hours, or if you take it to a dealership, it will cost you $350. This is a great vehicle other than that. Buyer beware!"

Front end has ended my faith in chevolet

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Looks good"

Cons: "seatbelt buzzer wont shutoff"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"The traction seems to go crazy when it's wet Headlite replacement is a nitemare. Braking slowly too much vibration. I had to reset the computer almost every 6 months. If you don't use synthetic oil then the car runs like shi'ite. The rear seats are for children only. Front end needed to have an alignment every year. Struts wore out at 50K and front bumper to close to the road. You get what you pay for. When it's 3 years old sell it quickly or trade it in. It loses it's value with every mile you put on it"

Best car we have ever owned.

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"We have only had recommended upkeep on this car, no major mechanical problems and it has 70,000 miles on it. It runs like a charm and is extremely comfortable...very smooth quiet ride. Looking into updating to a newer model, to complete the safety features and update technology capabilities. The only design feature I would change is the seat manuverability...it does not have a mechanical lift to the back of the front seats, you need to push the lever, and put your hand behind the seat in a backwards motion and pull up. Very cumbersome. I hope this design has changed to help adjust back of driver and passenger seats."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fair priced reliable, but boring car

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cheap, reliable, safe, easy car to drive"

Cons: "Boring, little extras, low-tech"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This car is very reasonably priced for what you get. I'm currently a student, and I'm using this car to commute back and forth. Chevys seem like a solid car to put miles on as both the car itself and repairs are fairly cheap.cheap. I've put on close to 15,000 with nothing but an oil change, and no problems at all. Pros: Cheap, reliable, safe, easy car to drive Cons: Boring to drive, as the 4 cylinder just doesn't add any excitement, not many features included, even added features are a little low tech, maybe geared more towards the technologically impaired"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY MALIBU

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, THE WALL CHARGER IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!"

Cons: "non"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my malibu. It's a great car.I have had not one problem out of this car. Great on gas and comfort."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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