2022 Chevrolet Malibu

MSRP range: $23,400 - $33,500
MSRP $24,395
Edmunds suggests you pay $24,678

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At a Glance:
  • 7 Colors
  • 6 Trims
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2022 Chevrolet Malibu Review

  • Spacious interior with lots of front headroom
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen interface
  • Lackluster acceleration from the base 1.5-liter engine
  • Limited outward visibility
  • Advanced driver safety aids don't come standard
  • Dated cabin design
  • Base L model is discontinued
  • Standard electronic parking brake
  • Part of the ninth Malibu generation introduced for 2016

Call it the last Chevy sedan standing. The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is the only new family car that still wears a bow-tie badge, and it's now a 7-year-old design with no direct replacement in sight. The 2022 Malibu is also the only midsize sedan made by a traditional domestic automaker, though numerous rivals are also built in the United States.

Despite its age, the Malibu continues largely unchanged. The bargain-basement L trim level has been dropped for 2022, leaving four versions for your consideration. All have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but only the larger and more powerful one in the Premier trim supplies any semblance of driving satisfaction.

Inside, the Malibu features simple controls and displays that look increasingly dated. The dashboard is mounted low and practical storage is limited, but the Malibu is roomy enough for four adults and offers a reasonably sized trunk. As another sign of the Malibu's age, its advanced driving assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, are optional for all trim levels. Most 2022 rival sedans offer them as standard. 

Clearly, the Malibu's days are numbered. For businesses, governments and consumers seeking an affordable made-in-America sedan from a U.S.-based automaker, the Malibu is the only choice. If that doesn't describe you, we recommend buying one of the Malibu's rivals, such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5 or Toyota Camry.

Which Malibu does Edmunds recommend?

Malibu buyers seeking long-term satisfaction from their purchase should get the Premier trim level. It's the most expensive version of the car, but it comes with a rewarding powertrain and a full load of equipment that will help to keep owners happy for years to come.

Chevrolet Malibu models

Chevrolet eliminates the base L trim level from the 2022 Malibu lineup, leaving LS, RS, LT, and Premier trims. All but the Premier have a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque) driving the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. A larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is exclusive to the Malibu Premier, providing 250 hp and 260 lb-ft. It uses a nine-speed automatic transmission.

LS
The most affordable Malibu comes with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (with wireless connectivity)
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Six-speaker audio system

RS
For a sportier look, the Malibu RS includes:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Black grille and badging
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • Body-colored outside mirrors
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

LT
The popular LT offers the most variety in the Malibu lineup. Standard features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED running lights and taillights
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Satellite radio

Premier
For a Malibu with all of the trimmings, consider the Premier for its more powerful engine and:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Upgraded infotainment touchscreen with navigation
  • Nine-speaker premium audio system
  • Wireless device charging

The Malibu doesn't come with any standard advanced driver safety features. Instead, Chevy offers them through a few different Driver Confidence packages. Highlights of these packages include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Malibu and the car in front)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$23,400
MPG & Fuel
29 City / 36 Hwy / 32 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.8 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 160 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 194.2 in. / Height: 57.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3135 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.7 cu.ft.

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  • 7 Colors
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Malibu safety features:

Teen Driver
Allows you to program specific vehicle features and functions, track driver behavior, and receive a report showing how the vehicle was used.
Rear-Seat Reminder
Alerts you to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle to prevent you from leaving a child or pet inside the car.
Driver Confidence I and II packages
Equips the Malibu with important collision avoidance systems including automatic braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and more.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat3 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.3%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Chevrolet Malibu vs. the competition

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Honda Accord

Chevrolet prices the Malibu Premier, which we think is the best version, much lower than an equivalently equipped Honda Accord Touring. However, the Accord boasts superior refinement, comfort and driving satisfaction. There's good reason that it commands a premium over the Malibu. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Accord.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Honda Accord features 

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Hyundai Sonata

If power and performance are what you seek, the Hyundai Sonata N Line provides plenty of both, and in a more refined manner than the Chevrolet Malibu Premier. Also, though the two cars are priced nearly identically, the Hyundai offers superior value in the form of a long warranty.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Hyundai Sonata features 

Chevrolet Malibu vs. Kia K5

The Kia K5 replaced the Optima for the 2021 model year. In GT specification, it features a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sporty, upscale appearance. The K5 also has one of the best warranties available plus more standard and available technology features and driver aids than the Malibu.

Compare Chevrolet Malibu & Kia K5 features 

FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Malibu a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2022 Malibu both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Malibu fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Malibu gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 32 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Malibu has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Malibu. Learn more

What's new in the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu:

  • Base L model is discontinued
  • Standard electronic parking brake
  • Part of the ninth Malibu generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Chevrolet Malibu reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Malibu is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Malibu. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Malibu's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2022 Malibu is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

The least-expensive 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,400.

Other versions include:

  • LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,400
  • Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $33,500
  • LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $26,800
  • RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,400
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Malibu?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Malibu, the next question is, which Malibu model is right for you? Malibu variants include LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Malibu models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Overview

The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is offered in the following submodels: Malibu Sedan. Available styles include LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Chevrolet Malibu models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 250 hp, depending on engine type. The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic, 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2022 Malibu.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2022 Malibu featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

2022 Chevrolet Malibu RS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

Which 2022 Chevrolet Malibus are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
32 compined MPG,
29 city MPG/36 highway MPG

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Premier 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
26 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2022 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
32 compined MPG,
29 city MPG/36 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG32
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.5 L
Passenger Volume118.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase111.4 in.
Length194.2 in.
WidthN/A
Height57.9 in.
Curb Weight3135 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2022 Chevrolet Malibu?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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