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2022 Chevrolet Malibu

Starting at $24,495

2022 chevrolet malibu

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  • Highs Pleasant driving demeanor, inoffensive exterior design, comfortable interior.
  • Lows Not as well-equipped as its rivals, unrefined auto/start stop system, most models look and feel cheap inside.
  • Verdict The Chevy Malibu is a solid rental-counter selection, but if you're playing for keeps, peep one of its rivals.
By Drew Dorian


In the world of family sedans, the 2022 Chevy Malibu gets lost in the crowd. Its design is handsome enough and its driving demeanor is pleasant enough, but nearly all of its rivals are better equipped and more desirable, particularly the ever-excellent Honda Accord and the eye-catching Kia K5. Buyers of the Malibu are getting a perfectly fine sedan, it's just not the one we'd pick. Most models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); the top Premier model comes with a gutsier turbo 2.0-liter. No matter the engine, all models come with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is not an option. Driver-assistance features are available, but unlike nearly all of its rivals, the Chevy doesn't offer these features as standard.

Where This Vehicle Ranks

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Honda Accord

STARTING AT: $27,615
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Hyundai Sonata

STARTING AT: $25,245
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Kia K5

STARTING AT: $24,885
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Toyota Camry

STARTING AT: $27,040
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Nissan Altima

STARTING AT: $26,200
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Chevrolet Malibu

STARTING AT: $24,495

What's New for 2022?

The base L trim has been eliminated. Otherwise, the Malibu carries over into 2022 with no significant changes.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We recommend buying the LT trim, as it comes with more standard features than the lowly LS. The LT comes standard with 17-inch wheels, LED taillights, an acoustically laminated windshield, remote engine start, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. If driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist are on your list of must-haves, the Driver Confidence I and Driver Confidence II packages add those features and more.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Like many family sedans, the Malibu offers several powertrains. Most Malibu models are propelled by a dutiful 163-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a CVT. When we tested the car with the new CVT, we recorded a wholly average 7.8-second zero-to-60-mph time. This combination is slower than similar rivals in our acceleration tests, but it delivered a smooth, even pull. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four—which is exclusive to the top-tier Premier trim—makes 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The last Malibu 2.0T we tested ran well enough, but neither its real-world fuel economy nor its performance bested those of its competitors, many of which made do with V-6 engines rather than turbochargers.

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    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    In terms of EPA fuel-mileage estimates, the Malibu's smallest engine underperforms the equivalent base powertrains in the Accord and the Toyota Camry. The Malibu's 2.0-liter turbo engine, however, has thoroughly competitive government ratings compared with the optional powerplants in the Honda and Toyota, but we haven't tested its real-world fuel economy. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine managed a respectable 34 mpg over the course of our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route. For more information about the Malibu's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    While the Malibu's interior is not the fanciest or the quietest, it is comfortable and ergonomically friendly. The cabin has competitive passenger space and options, but most alternatives have better outward visibility. The Malibu's symmetrical dashboard and the large opening beneath the center stack make the cockpit feel spacious. The front seats have a wide base and supportive side bolsters, but their back cushions are too narrow for some occupants. The back seat has less legroom than the Accord's back seat, but it still fit our adult frames. The Malibu boasts a big trunk with ample carry-on capacity; it also has plenty of interior storage space even though it doesn't lead the class.

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      Infotainment and Connectivity

      Chevy fits every Malibu with a touchscreen infotainment system that includes many desirable options—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. While the touchscreen interface is easy to interpret, the system is losing ground versus the competition, and it lacks a convenient rotary control knob as a secondary way to interact with the interface.

        Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

        Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)

        View Crash Test Results

        Although the Chevy sedan can be had with all the high-tech assists that help protect modern families, none of them are standard. For more information about the Malibu's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

        • Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
        • Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
        • Available adaptive cruise control

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        The Malibu has competitive limited and powertrain warranties, but its corrosion protection and roadside assistance are longer than most rivals in this matchup. Likewise, the Chevy offers just one complimentary scheduled maintenance visit while the Camry is covered for two years or 25,000 miles.

        • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
        • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit



        2019 Chevrolet Malibu 1.5T RS

        front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

        $25,840 (base price: $25,095)

        turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
        91 cu in, 1490 cc
        160 hp @ 5700 rpm
        184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

        continuously variable automatic

        Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
        Brakes (F/R): 11.8-in vented disc, 11.3-in disc
        Tires: Continental ProContact TX, 245/45R-18 96H M+S TPC

        Wheelbase: 111.4 in
        Length: 193.8 in
        Width: 73.0 in
        Height: 57.6 in
        Passenger volume: 108 cu ft
        Trunk volume: 16 cu ft
        Curb weight: 3184 lb

        Zero to 60 mph: 7.8 sec
        Zero to 100 mph: 22.3 sec
        Zero to 120 mph: 41.6 sec
        Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 9.1 sec
        Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.3 sec
        Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.8 sec
        Standing ¼-mile: 16.1 sec @ 87 mph
        Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 130 mph
        Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g

        Observed: 25 mpg
        75-mph highway driving: 34 mpg
        Highway range: 540 miles

        Combined/city/highway: 32/29/36 mpg 

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