What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu? What does it compare to?
The 2022 Malibu is a mid-size sedan that can be cross-shopped against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda 6.
Is the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu a good car/SUV?
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As the last front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan from Detroit, the Malibu is a reminder of the way things were for a few decades. It’s a good sedan, if not a great one, and it’s best appreciated with optional safety tech that’s standard on just about every other new car.
Overall, we score the 2022 Malibu at a so-so 5.7 out of 10.(Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?
The 2022 Malibu adds two new gray hues to its paint palette for the new year.
The Malibu comes only as a conventional four-door sedan with relatively sleek bodywork and a conservative attitude. The 160-hp turbo-4 standard on all but the range-topping Premier provides adequate power and works innocuously with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The jump to 250 hp for the high-zoot Malibu is notable, but it doesn’t turn this into a sports sedan even though Chevy swaps in a slick 9-speed automatic gearbox. Instead, the Malibu is a sedate, comfortable cruiser with a good ride and long legs for highway treks.
Fuel economy is a sore spot, though. Base cars are rated at a decent 32 mpg combined, with the bigger turbo engine slides to a disappointing 26 mpg.
The cabin is spacious enough for four adults, and most trims other than the base L and LS are decked out nicely. The standard 8.0-inch touchscreen isn’t loaded with whiz-bang graphics, but it’s feature-laden and a cinch to use. It’s a real strong point.
Crash-test results are generally good, but the lack of standard automatic emergency braking is inexcusable at this point. The 2022 Malibu is one of very few new cars to force buyers to pay extra for crash-avoidance tech.
How much does the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu cost?
Chevrolet hasn’t released pricing yet for the 2022 Malibu, but don’t look for much of a bump over last year’s sub-$23,500 starting point. At around $29,000 for a Malibu LT with the Driver Confidence II package that adds safety tech we consider essential, this four-door is an OK buy. But don’t take one home without checking out rebates and dealer discounts first.
Where is the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu made?
Kansas City, Kansas.