2012 Chevrolet
Impala LT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Malibu LT

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

10.0

starting from

$24,115

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Malibu LT

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Power outlets
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Good range on the highway
528 miles
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

10.0

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Impala LT

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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More passenger seats
6
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Spacious front seats
56.6 ft3
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Spacious back seats
48.2 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Cost

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Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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MSRP $24,115 vs $27,995 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Malibu LT
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Impala LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

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Malibu LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Performance

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Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT
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Impala LT
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Horsepower 169 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Impala LT is fairly powerful, but the Malibu LT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Malibu LT's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 11.8 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT
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Impala LT
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Passengers 5 vs 6 The Impala LT can carry a soccer team, and the Malibu LT has an OK number of seats
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Highway driving range 528 miles vs 493 miles The Malibu LT has good highway range and the Impala LT is reasonable
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Cargo space 15.1 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The Impala LT has roomy front seats and the Malibu LT is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Malibu LT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Impala LT
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Malibu LT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Malibu LT
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2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 135 ft The Malibu LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Impala LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 84 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Malibu LT
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Impala LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Ford Fusion SE Impala LT vs Fusion SE
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2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2011 Toyota Corolla LE Impala LT vs Corolla LE
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