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2022 Chevrolet Malibu

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Pros

  • Spacious interior with ample front-seat headroom
  • Hybrid trim offers high fuel efficiency and brisk acceleration
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface

Cons

  • Lackluster acceleration from base 1.5-liter engine
  • Limited outward visibility
  • Interior looks dated compared to rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 33 highway, 26 combined

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Clock counting down on 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

The clock appears to be winding down on the Chevrolet Malibu. Chevy hasn’t meaningfully updated the Malibu since 2016, nor has there been news of a successor. For 2022, the company even got rid of the base L trim level, the bare-bones model mostly intended for rental fleets.

That’s too bad, since the Malibu offers a pleasant combination of a roomy cabin, quiet interior thanks to ample sound insulation, and premium interior materials, a formula appealing to anyone seeking an American-made alternative to an SUV. But the Malibu hasn't kept pace with class leaders like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. Those rivals offer advanced tech and standard driver assist systems, features that are only optional on the Malibu, and even then, limited to the top Premier trim.

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What is new for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

  • The L trim has been discontinued for 2022.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu trims

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LS:

  • 160-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster

LT:

RS:

Premier:

  • Includes all features available on the RS
  • 250-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Sunroofs
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • A/C Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • BOSE Sound System
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5 reasons to buy the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

What We Like

Driving: It’s no sport sedan, but the Malibu is reasonably athletic thanks to a well-tuned suspension and responsive chassis. That handling ability is a good match for the Malibu’s optional 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is only available on the top Premier trim. We’d say it’s worth it, though.

Interior: The 2022 Malibu interior still stands as a classy, high-quality effort, punctuated with premium touches and quality materials. Today’s Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata set the pace with interior design and quality, but the Malibu still makes for a pleasant and accommodating environment, especially with its large touchscreen and easy-to-use infotainment system.

Comfort: The 2022 Malibu continues a tradition of quiet cabin design that mutes the outside world while driving. Generous application of sound insulation helps muffle road noise that, when combined with wide, supportive front seats and a roomy backseat, makes for relaxed driving anywhere.

What Needs Improvement

Transmissions: The Malibu’s transmissions are a disappointing duo. The 1.5-liter base engine uses an uninspired continuously variable transmission (CVT) that feels unnatural and noisy to drivers accustomed to a more traditional automatic, while the nine-speed transmission paired to the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is clumsy and awkward, hampered by software programming aimed at maximum fuel economy.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

2.3 out of 5

3 customer reviews
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RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Malibu an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet Malibu 10th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Chevrolet Malibu features and specs

LS 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Remote Start

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