2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2012 Chevrolet Malibu Competitors

$22-29k car, designed & built in U.S.A. 22 city / 33 hwy 352-528 mile range, gas engine
169 hp 146 cu. in. 4-cylinder 5 stars ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other cars, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT is also often compared to sports cars, luxury cars and mid-size SUVs. The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT's top rivals come from Chevrolet (such as the Cruze LT and the Impala LT) and Toyota (such as the Corolla and the RAV4 Limited)

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Malibu LT compared to other car competitors include: it has slightly more gears (6 vs 4), safer in side collisions for the rear passenger (5 stars vs 2 stars), has better brakes (disc vs drum), has standard power outlets (standard vs not available) and has standard power seats (standard vs not available).

However, on average it lacks continously-variable transmission (traditional vs continuously variable), less safe in head-on collisions for the driver (3 stars vs 5 stars), less safe in side collisions for the driver (4 stars vs 5 stars), slightly slower 0-60 time (9.0 seconds vs 6.3 seconds) and slightly slower 1/4 mile time (16.8 s s @ 84.1 mph mph vs 14.8 s s @ 94.9 mph mph).

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
$19,225

Significant advantages of the Cruze LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • Cruze LT's Turbocharger increases power output: Turbocharger vs None
  • Safer in side crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Cruze LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Worse brakes
  • Power seats not available
  • : Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the Cruze LT and Malibu LT

  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

2012 Chevrolet Impala LT
$27,995

Significant advantages of the Impala LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Significantly more powerful: 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 169 HP @ 6,400 RPM
  • More seats: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Impala LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Power outlets not available
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the Impala LT and Malibu LT

  • Both have power seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the Impala LT vs the Malibu LT

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

2011 Nissan Maxima SV
$35,210

Significant advantages of the Maxima SV (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 6.2 seconds vs 9.0 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Maxima SV (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 6
  • Worse highway mileage: 26 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the Maxima SV and Malibu LT

  • Good highway range: 520 miles vs 528 miles
  • Both have power seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Nissan Maxima SV vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Toyota Corolla

2011 Toyota Corolla
$16,660

Significant advantages of the Corolla (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Safer in side crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 4 stars vs 3 stars
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.83 g vs 0.75 g

Significant disadvantages of the Corolla (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Less safe in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 2 stars vs 5 stars
  • Power windows not available
  • Worse brakes

common strengths of the Corolla and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 35 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Corolla vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Dodge Avenger Express

2011 Dodge Avenger Express
$19,995

Significant advantages of the Avenger Express (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 6.3 seconds vs 9.0 seconds
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 14.8 s s @ 94.9 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 84.1 mph mph
  • Better cornering ability: 0.82 g vs 0.75 g

Significant disadvantages of the Avenger Express (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Fewer gears: 4 vs 6
  • Power seats not available
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the Avenger Express and Malibu LT

  • Good highway range: 507 miles vs 528 miles
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2011 Dodge Avenger Express vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Mitsubishi Galant ES

2011 Mitsubishi Galant ES
$22,374

Significant advantages of the Galant ES (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 5 year vs 3 year
  • Much longer basic warranty: 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile

Significant disadvantages of the Galant ES (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Keyless entry not available
  • Fewer gears: 4 vs 6
  • Folding rear seats not available

common strengths of the Galant ES and Malibu LT

  • Good highway range: 531 miles vs 528 miles
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class: Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission
arrow Compare the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant ES vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

compared to sports car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Malibu LT compared to sports car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (22 mpg vs 18 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (33 mpg vs 24 mpg), gets significantly more from a tank of gas in the city (352 miles vs 290 miles), gets significantly more from a tank of gas on the highway (528 miles vs 409 miles) and has slightly more cargo space (15.1 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3).

However, on average it is slightly less powerful (169 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM), only has a naturally-aspirated engine (none vs turbocharger), much slower 0-60 time (9.0 seconds vs 5.1 seconds), much slower 1/4 mile time (16.8 s s @ 84.1 mph mph vs 13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph) and much worse cornering ability (0.75 g vs 0.93 g).

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
$31,920

Significant advantages of the Camaro SS (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 5.1 seconds vs 9.0 seconds
  • Much better cornering ability: 0.92 g vs 0.75 g
  • Much faster 1/4 mile time: 13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 84.1 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the Camaro SS (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 24 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 16 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Significantly more cramped back seats: 30.8 ft3 vs 43.6 ft3

common strengths of the Camaro SS and Malibu LT

  • Good highway range: 456 miles vs 528 miles
  • Inexpensive: $31,920 vs $24,115
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the Camaro SS vs the Malibu LT

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger
$26,220

Significant advantages of the Charger (vs the Malibu LT)

  • More powerful: 292 HP @ 6,350 RPM vs 169 HP @ 6,400 RPM
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional leather

Significant disadvantages of the Charger (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 27 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Significantly fewer gears: 5 vs 6
  • Worse city mileage: 18 mpg vs 22 mpg

common strengths of the Charger and Malibu LT

  • Fantastic highway range: 516 miles vs 528 miles
  • Fantastic city range: 344 miles vs 352 miles
  • Both have spacious back seats: 49.2 ft3 vs 43.6 ft3
arrow Compare the 2011 Dodge Charger vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2012 Honda Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si
$22,975

Significant advantages of the Civic Si (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Moon roof comes standard
  • Premium radio comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Civic Si (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 409 miles vs 528 miles
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 290 miles vs 352 miles
  • Significantly more cramped back seats: 31.9 ft3 vs 43.6 ft3

common strengths of the Civic Si and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 31 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $22,975 vs $24,115
arrow Compare the 2012 Honda Civic Si vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR
$34,770

Significant advantages of the Lancer Evolution GSR (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much better cornering ability: 0.93 g vs 0.75 g
  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 5.8 seconds vs 9.0 seconds
  • Lancer Evolution GSR's Turbocharger increases power output: Turbocharger vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Lancer Evolution GSR (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 334 miles vs 528 miles
  • Much worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 246 miles vs 352 miles

common strengths of the Lancer Evolution GSR and Malibu LT

  • Inexpensive: $34,770 vs $24,115
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have good airbag coverage: 6 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

compared to luxury car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Malibu LT compared to luxury car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (22 mpg vs 18 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (33 mpg vs 27 mpg), gets slightly more from a tank of gas on the highway (528 miles vs 486 miles), has slightly more gears (6 vs continuously variable) and safer in head-on collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 3 stars).

However, on average it lacks continously-variable transmission (traditional vs continuously variable), has slightly less cargo space (15.1 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3), is slightly less powerful (169 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM), has a much shorter-lasting basic warranty (3 year vs 4 year) and has a much shorter basic warranty (36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile).

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
$42,605

Significant advantages of the CTS 3.6 (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year
  • Leather comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the CTS 3.6 (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 27 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Worse city mileage: 18 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Power outlets not available

common strengths of the CTS 3.6 and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 27 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $42,605 vs $24,115
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2012 Acura TL

2012 Acura TL
$43,770

Significant advantages of the TL (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year
  • Leather comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the TL (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 26 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Worse city mileage: 18 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Folding rear seats not available

common strengths of the TL and Malibu LT

  • Inexpensive: $43,770 vs $24,115
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2012 Acura TL vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 BMW 328i

2011 BMW 328i
$37,475

Significant advantages of the 328i (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year
  • Leather comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the 328i (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 25 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 403 miles vs 528 miles
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 17 mpg vs 22 mpg

common strengths of the 328i and Malibu LT

  • Inexpensive: $37,475 vs $24,115
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2011 BMW 328i vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Acura TSX

2011 Acura TSX
$31,845

Significant advantages of the TSX (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Much longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year
  • Much more cargo room: 60.5 ft3 vs 15.1 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the TSX (vs the Malibu LT)

  • None found

common strengths of the TSX and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 30 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Good highway range: 555 miles vs 528 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Acura TSX vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Audi A4 Premium
$33,175

Significant advantages of the A4 Premium (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Optional rear air conditioning
  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Much longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile

Significant disadvantages of the A4 Premium (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 6
  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the driver: 3 stars vs 5 stars
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission

common strengths of the A4 Premium and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 30 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $33,175 vs $24,115
arrow Compare the 2011 Audi A4 Premium vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

compared to mid-size SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Malibu LT compared to mid-size SUV competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway (33 mpg vs 28 mpg), safer in head-on collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 4 stars), safer in side collisions for the rear passenger (5 stars vs 3 stars), slightly faster 0-60 time (9.0 seconds vs 10.7 seconds) and has standard power seats (standard vs not available).

However, on average it has much less cargo space (15.1 ft3 vs 73.0 ft3), has slightly fewer seats (5 vs 7), gets slightly less from a tank of gas in the city (352 miles vs 414 miles), has slightly less spacious front seats (53.8 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3) and has slightly less spacious back seats (43.6 ft3 vs 50.1 ft3).

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
$24,970

Significant advantages of the Equinox LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much more cargo room: 63.7 ft3 vs 15.1 ft3
  • Significantly fewer trips to fill-up when driving in the city: 414 miles vs 352 miles
  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 4 stars vs 3 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Equinox LT (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Slower 0-60 mph time: 10.7 seconds vs 9.0 seconds
  • : Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission
  • Significantly slower 1/4 mile time: 18.0 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 84.1 mph mph

common strengths of the Equinox LT and Malibu LT

  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 32 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Good highway range: 602 miles vs 528 miles
arrow Compare the Equinox LT vs the Malibu LT

2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
$26,275

Significant advantages of the RAV4 Limited (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Much more cargo room: 73.0 ft3 vs 15.1 ft3
  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • More seats: 7 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the RAV4 Limited (vs the Malibu LT)

  • Less safe in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 3 stars vs 5 stars
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 28 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 445 miles vs 528 miles

common strengths of the RAV4 Limited and Malibu LT

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 33 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited vs the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT