NEW FOR 2010:

– Hybrid model discontinued
– 2.4-litre engine now accepts E85 flexible fuel
– Power-adjustable driver’s lumbar replaces manual lumbar on all models
– 2LT adds standard 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
– Exterior colours: White Diamond Tricoat, Mocha Steel Metallic and Taupe Grey Metallic added; Dark Grey Metallic, Golden Pewter Metallic and Silver Moss Metallic discontinued

For 2010, the Chevrolet Malibu discontinues its mild hybrid option, but the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine can now run on E85 ethanol fuel. Other changes are minor: a power-adjustable driver’s lumbar support replaces the previous manual adjuster, and there are new exterior colours.

The Malibu comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, and a 3.6-litre V6. The 2.4-litre uses a four-speed automatic in the LS and 1LT trim lines, and a six-speed automatic in the 2LT and LTZ. The 3.6-litre, an option in the 2LT and LTZ, uses a six-speed automatic.

Features on the LS include 17-inch painted wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlamps, keyless entry, OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, power mirrors, variable intermittent speed-sensitive wipers, cruise control, floor mats, driver information centre, tilt and telescopic wheel, power window with driver’s auto-down, cloth seats, power driver’s height adjuster, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, and six speakers.

The 1LT adds 17-inch chrome-finished wheels, chrome-tipped exhaust, body-colour mirrors, wheel-mounted audio controls, and stereo with speed-compensated volume control.

The 2LT adds 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, remote starter, dual rear reading lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, leather-wrapped wheel, garage door opener, UltraLux Sheer Suede upholstery, and heated seats with six-way power driver’s adjustment.

The LTZ adds 18-inch bright aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, fog lights, heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, LED taillights, cargo net, premium floor mats, premium cluster appearance, trunk mat, heated leather seats with eight-way driver and six-way passenger power adjustment, six-CD/MP3 stereo and XM satellite radio.

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