In its most gas-friendly configuration the 2010 Malibu is rated by the EPA with mileage of 22/33 city/highway mpg. This isn’t the base trim level, though, and at minimum you’ll have to choose the LT trim, starting at $22,715, to get the 22/33 mpg. A base Malibu LS starts at $21,825 and is rated at 22/30 mpg.
The LT’s boost in fuel economy can be attributed to the use of a six-speed automatic transmission with the four-cylinder engine, which is standard in the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels. The base LS uses a four-speed automatic transmission with four-cylinder engine.
A 3.6-liter V-6 is optional in 2LT and LTZ trim levels and rated at 17/26 mpg. Equipping the 2LT with optional V-6 will cost a minimum $26,970. The LTZ with optional V-6 is $28,200. These prices don’t include a $720 destination charge.
For 2009 Malibus, there is an optional 3.5-liter V-6 that’s rated at 18/29 mpg, but that less-powerful engine was dropped for 2010 models. Both 2009 and 2010 Malibus are currently on sale.
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