The 2010 Chevy Malibu is packed with power and performance while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.
The Malibu is available in four different versions; the LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. Each style uses the 169-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Ecotec variable valve timing (VVT) engine. However, only the LS comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission. All other trim styles use the 6-speed automatic transmission. Each has mechanical fuel injection with a front-wheel drive drivetrain.
The LS has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The remaining three trim styles boast an impressive 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway ratings. All four trim styles come with a 16-gallon tank that yields a one-tank driving distance of up to 528 miles. According to Chevy, that’s a better fuel efficiency rating than a comparable Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
The Malibu also offers an optional 3.6-liter Ecotec V6 engine with VVT. This larger engine is only available for the LTZ and 2LT trim packages. Although the 3.6-liter Ecotec is a larger engine, when paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission with Tapshift controls, it still produces an impressive fuel efficiency rating: 26 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.
Although the 2010 Chevy Malibu is actually a carryover from 2009, it ranks first on the fuel efficiency list for a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan. Why fix something that isn’t broken?