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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Review

High safety scores, a roomy cabin and good fuel economy ratings make the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu an ideal used midsize car for a number of shoppers. However, some rivals offer nicer interiors and more standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive styling
  • Roomy, supportive front seats
  • High safety scores
  • Uncomfortable rear seat




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.7
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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

When the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was new, auto critics liked its attractive styling and well-balanced ride and handling. Some reviewers mentioned that the LATCH connectors were easy to locate and that installing car seats was effortless. The Malibu also comes with strong safety ratings.

The 2010 Malibu has a few faults though. Some test drivers thought the back seat wasn’t as comfortable as rivals’. Another potential downside is the 2010 Malibu’s lack of a navigation system, even as an option. Chevrolet’s OnStar turn-by-turn directions offer similar functionality, but this service requires a paid subscription.

The front-wheel drive 2010 Malibu has a four- or six-cylinder engine, which is paired with a four- or six-speed automatic transmission. The base four-cylinder Malibu gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are standard on the 2010 Malibu. Inside, the base Malibu includes a standard power driver’s seat, cruise control, OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and auxiliary input. Upper trims include available features like heated seats, Bluetooth, leather seats and an upgraded stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

Motor Trend named the 2010 Ford Fusion its 2010 Car of the Year, and with good reason. It was completely revamped for the 2010 model year, and auto critics said the Fusion was one of the best midsize cars in its class. They particularly liked the Fusion’s crisp handling, strong performance, upscale interior and available all-wheel drive (on V6 models). All these qualities combine to make the Fusion one of the top used midsize sedans.

The 2010 Toyota Camry is another solid used midsize sedan to check out if you’re considering a 2010 Malibu. When it was new, reviewers liked the Camry’s strong available V6 engine and smooth, quiet ride, as well as its spacious, high-quality interior and large trunk. Still, critics noted that if you’re looking for performance, the Camry is not the sportiest or most exciting to drive in its class.

Compare the Malibu to the Fusion and Camry »

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