Athletic and sleek, the 2022 Chevy Malibu is one of the few midsize sedans still on the market as buyers swivel toward SUVs, and currently, it is the last midsize sedan available from an American manufacturer. If buying domestic matters to you, the Malibu exudes class and remains a comfortable sedan ideal for your daily drive. With two engine options, the 2022 Malibu offers both power and fuel efficiency that serve well for commutes and travel. The spacious cabin provides a sequestered relief against the noise of the highway and lends itself to long relaxing drives. Room for five accommodates tall adults in the rear seats with generous legroom for all passengers, and trunk space is plentiful for all your cargo needs.
Four available trims for the 2022 Malibu come with numerous options for desired features, starting with the entry-level LS now that Chevy has dropped the previous L trim for 2022 models. Starting with the former second-level trim means buyers gain more features with the entry-level pricing, and the remaining trims offer more choices to upgrade. For a sportier styling, the RS trim comes with enticing features like a rear spoiler and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The LT trim opens up a wider range of available options to customize your 2022 Malibu, and the Premier trim comes standard with the most features as the most luxurious model.
As is common with Chevy vehicles, options to customize in every trim level are available with packages and special editions to make your 2022 Malibu suited to your specific driving needs. Add safety features, conveniences, or technology to your Malibu, or purchase the LT trim to personalize it with one of three available special editions. Technology across the trims keeps you connected, and buyers will have a variety of choices to add tech they prefer for improved connectivity. At an affordable price for any budget, the 2022 Chevy Malibu has an attractive exterior style matched by exceptional interior comfort.
For the first three trim levels, the 2022 Malibu comes standard with a satisfying 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission that saves on fuel in tandem with start-stop technology. This engine generates 160 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque and has front-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency is excellent at an estimated 29 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. Buyers who splurge on the uppermost Premier trim gain the more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and generates 250 hp with 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency comes in at 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway for this more powerful engine.
At the entry-level, standard 16-inch wheels provide a pleasant driving experience with the well-tuned suspension that absorbs road chatter and handles confidently on curves and corners. Upgrading to the sporty RS trim trades up to 18-inch wheels for a firmer ride to improve handling, and the uppermost Premier gets 19-inch wheels. All trims come standard with all-season tires, and electronic grade braking reduces the need for downhill braking across the trims, a feature that extends the life of your brakes over time. Other standard features like bright halogen headlights and powered exterior mirrors are found in most trims, while LED lights are standard for the uppermost Premier trim. Features such as heated exterior mirrors and dual exhaust tips are also available in upper trims.
Buyers seeking a custom appearance can opt for the LT trim to open up several special editions available. The Redline Edition plays black interior and exterior details against sharp red accents with the choice of Silver Ice, Summit White, or black exterior paint. For an edgy look, the Sport Edition blacks out the grille, wheels, and badging to contrast against your choice of paint color and keeps to the sport style with a black interior. When you can’t get enough black, the Midnight Edition gives the exterior a black sheen with metallic paint, blacks out the exterior details like the wheels and grille, and keeps the theme with a black interior as a classy edition suited to evenings out in your formal attire.
Chevy provides exceptional connectivity in the 2022 Malibu right from the start, with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto accessed through an eight-inch touchscreen in the center stack. The user-friendly infotainment features allow easy scrolling and swiping to access content in the system to operate climate and entertainment settings, among other features. Standard Chevy Connected features like access to the Marketplace, vehicle health, and scheduling maintenance through the free app means you have complimentary conveniences built into your 2022 Malibu, and upgrading to a subscription opens up remote features like locking, starting, and security benefits.
Every 2022 Malibu has the capability to utilize a WiFi hotspot and OnStar safety systems, and Bluetooth streaming is standard for all trims. Available features like SiriusXM and the nine-speaker Bose sound system upgrade your entertainment with more listening choices and a premium sound quality you will love. Make transitions between home and travel seamless with the available built-in Amazon Alexa, linking your home Alexa to your Malibu for the convenience of bringing along your schedule, shopping lists, and navigation, so you never miss a beat. Go completely cord-free with available wireless charging, and enjoy the freedom of leaving your charger at home.
Standard safety features like the Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver are perfect for parents. Never forget your sleeping little one in the back seat, and know your teen is driving safer because you can place limits on the speed and stereo volume and engage specific safety features when your teen is behind the wheel. An electronic parking brake automatically keeps your 2022 Malibu safe from rolling on inclines when you park, and StabiliTrak traction and stability control maintain your ability to drive in adverse conditions by minimizing slippage. Available driver-assist features like Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Automatic Emergency Braking make your Malibu safer on the road, and available Automatic Parking Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and an HD rearview camera offer more convenience for your daily drive.
Comfort and space are the dominating aspects of the interior atmosphere in the 2022 Chevy Malibu. The quiet, hushed cabin is accomplished through an acoustic laminated windshield that keeps exterior noise at bay, and Chevy further insulates the interior against harsh environments and wind noise. Enter the Malibu easily without having to pull out your fob thanks to keyless entry, and then enjoy the simplicity of hitting the push-button start to get on your way. Adjust the driver’s comfort with the tilting and telescoping steering wheel, which also comes standard with controls mounted on the wheel for cruise and audio controls.
Add more refinement to your 2022 Malibu with powered front seats and a driver’s seat lumbar control, and chase away the chill with available heated front and rear seats or a heated steering wheel. Dual-zone climate control automates your preferred comfort level, and for those hot summer days, the available ventilated front seats keep you refreshed during your drive. Make the interior suited to your mood with available ambient lighting, and upgrade to leather upholstery for more luxury. Conveniences like remote start or the auto-dimming rearview mirror make the interior more comfortable every day.
Space inside the 2022 Malibu is expansive to accommodate people of all sizes. With front seat legroom at 41.5 inches, buyers over six feet tall should have plenty of space for a comfortable ride. The rear legroom is also generous at 38.1 inches, appropriate for most adults to be seated even for long drives. Seats are supportive with enough width for most drivers to fit agreeably in the 54.1 inches of hip room, and the trunk space of 15.7 inches is above average for a midsize sedan. Buyers who travel with luggage should find access to the trunk and the space inside to be more than adequate for loading and unloading.