The 2011 Cruze and 2012 Malibu have the same statement in their original Owners Manuals, under Recreation Towing. Which says they are flat towable and how to do it.
Each model (Cruze & Malibu) has a page replacement which says the cars are NOT flat towable. From this, I would expect that both models are now NOT flat towable.
As I said above I was told verbally that the new 2012 Malibu is flat towable and they gave me a new 2012 Malibu for the 2011 Cruze. The new page says differently. I have already installed the base plate and wiring on the new Malibu.
The 2011 Malibu may not have the page in its manual. I have heard that the 2011 and 2012 have different transmission models, but the 2011 Cruze and the 2012 Malibu have the same transmission model.
My question is: Has anybody towed or know of somebody who has towed the 2012 Malibu and did it work OK? Actual knowledge, not hearsay.