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2022 Chevrolet Malibu Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 11, 2021

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First, it was the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, and Impala, and now it appears that yet another sedan from the bowtie brand could be sent to the chopping block. According to Automotive News, the Chevy Malibu mid-size sedan is due to retire in 2024 permanently . Whenever the Malibu does go, its place in Chevrolet's lineup will reportedly be filled by some sort of electric vehicle (EV), whose name and body style are not known as of this time. 

When Chevrolet unveiled the updated Malibu for the 2019 model year, the midsize sedan arrived with a slightly refreshed design. The Malibu received new slightly slimmer headlights and a larger front grille with updated horizontal lines at the front. Updated rear tail lights rounded out the changes. As a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu to share the same exterior design as the current model. On the inside, the current Malibu has an attractive, sweeping design that will carry over for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is expected to come with tech features similar to the current model. 

As for the powertrain, there are two available engines for the current Malibu. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 160 horsepower. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available, producing 250 hp. The standard engine is paired with a CVT, while the more powerful 2.0-liter motor comes with a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is the only available drivetrain. These powertrains are expected to remain the same for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu.

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Pros

Roomy interior

Crisp exterior styling

Smooth ride

Good gas mileage

Easy-to-use touchscreen interface

Cons

Anemic performance from the base 1.5L engine

Interior looks dated

Advanced safety features not available as standard

No all-wheel-drive option

Poor resale value

What's New?

Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto now standard

Buckle to Drive standard

Part of the tenth Malibu generation introduced in 2016


Features

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base price

$23215

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures

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Trims

Base $23,215 Est. onwards

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu will continue with no changes and the same specs from 2021. With a release date set in early 2022, the MSRP has climbed a bit and the base trim of Chevrolet Malibu will start from $23,000 onwards. While the rumors are rife of the EV avatar of Chevrolet Malibu making its debut in coming years and the standard Malibu will be out of production by 2024.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

Model Spec

Price Range (Expected)

$23,000 - $34,000

Release Date

Early 2022

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4 or 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

CVT (1.5L) or 9-Speed Automatic (2.0L)

Drivetrain

FWD

Changes

The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu will be a carryover model from 2021.

With the anticipated price tag in the range of $32,000, the upcoming model will hit the showrooms in 2022 pitting itself against Honda Accord, the Kia K5, and the Toyota Camry.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing and Features

Being a carryover model we expect the trims and features to be similar to what was offered in the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu. The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu comes in 5 trims namely, L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. The upgrades included an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a 9-speaker Bose sound system, and much more in the Premier trim.

Trims

L*

LS*

RS*

LT*

Premier*

Price 

$23,000-$24,000

$24,000-$25,000

$25,000-$27,000

$27,000-$29,000

$32,000-$34,000

Features

Halogen projector-beam lamps

Adds or upgrades from “L”

Adds or upgrades from “LS”

Adds or upgrades from “RS”

Adds or upgrades from “Premier”

 

StabiliTrak electronic

16-inch Aluminum wheels

18-inch blackChrome finish Aluminum wheels

17-inch Aluminum wheels

18-Inch Aluminum wheels

 

Teen driver technology

Visor vanity Mirrors for Driver and Front passenger

Blacked-out grille

LED taillights

Wireless charging

 

Stability Control system

Compass and outside temperature display

Rear spoiler

LED daytime Running lights

9-Speaker Bose sound system

 

Tire pressure monitoring

Acoustic-Laminated windshield

Black Chevy Bowtie emblem

Outside heated Body-color mirrors

8-inch diagonal color touchscreen

 

Rear vision camera

 

8-way power Driver seats

Remote start

Heated and Ventilated Driver and Front passenger seats

     

Leather Wrapped Steering wheel

Dual-zone Automatic Climate control

 

*Expected price range and features list for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Engine and Performance

The all-new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu promises the capability of the perfect machine with a decent engine. The upcoming model continues with the same recipe as the base model. It's a good start to look into the engine part, so speaking about the mechanical aspect of Malibu, It will continue to offer satisfactory results in terms of engine and performance. 

Under the hood, the upcoming model is expected to carry over the 1.5L Turbocharged inline-4 engine putting out 163 hp power and 184 lb-ft torque mated to CVT, for upgrading the performance level a choice of 2.0L would also be available that will get paired with the 9-speed automatic transmission.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Kia K5

2021 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$23,000-$24,000

$24,770

$23,590

$24,295

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

1.6L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

163 hp @ 5,700 RPM

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

180 hp @ 5,500 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.8*

7.2

8

7.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16*

15.3

16.3

15.7 

*2021 Chevrolet Malibu figures

With the available engine options, the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is expected to do naught to sixty in just under 8 seconds.

Looking at the competitors, the Chevrolet Malibu is dead on arrival as in its base configuration, the Malibu is nowhere close to in terms of power and torque to the rivals. As for the other three, the Toyota Camry is the most powerful followed by Honda Accord and the Kia K5. But if we compare the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run figures the tables get turned upside down with Honda Accord leading the pack followed by Camry, Malibu, and K5 in that order.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Fuel Economy

Since the powertrain is expected to be carried over from the 2021 model, the Chevrolet Malibu is expected to return 29 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on freeways, the figures offered are satisfactory. With 15.8 gallons of the fuel tank, you can expect a 569-mile highway and 505 miles combined range. 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Kia K5

2021 Toyota Camry

MPG (City)

29

30

29

28

MPG (Highway)

36

38

38

39

MPG (Combined)

32

33

32

32

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

15.8

14.8

14.8

15.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

458/569/505

444/562/488

429/562/474

442/616/505

As for the mpg figures, the Honda Accord once again beats all of them followed by Malibu, K5, and the Camry in that order. One noteworthy point here is that Toyota Camry returns the most mpg on the highway among all and with a fuel tank capacity of 15.8 gallons can easily give you 600+ miles of range on highways.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

No new revelations are expected in terms of Chevrolet Malibu interiors and will carry the same veil from that of previous iterations. Thus, you won’t find Malibu opulent but it’s spacious and offers enough convenience to spend long journeys peacefully with family and friends. The interior will be crafted with upmarket materials and dominated by pastel crème colors combined with black and dark grey.

The overall design will be kept minimalistic and with no compromise in the comfort level, it can accommodate 5 members easily with utmost comfort. This mid-size sedan’s cabin is highly commodious, offering a plush and luxurious feel to the occupants. You will have plenty of head and legroom space in both rows.
 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Kia K5

2021 Toyota Camry

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.1/58.5/45.3

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.2/58.0/46.1

38.3/57.7/42.1

Second Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.5/57.1//38.1

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.8/56.1/35.2

38/55.7/38

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

       

The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is expected to remain unchanged for the infotainment part. Standard features on the current Malibu include an 8-inch touchscreen, a USB port, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, six audio speakers, and Bluetooth. Optional features include wireless smartphone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, push-button start, and an 8-inch digital driver display.

Looking at the table we can get a clear picture of what to expect in terms of interior space. The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu has justified its interior space by offering enough space to passengers, however, the rear seat cushioning could have been better. As for the competitors, Toyota Camry is the smallest, and a tad bit bigger Honda Accord comes above it. But the Kia K5 is the best in terms of overall space and the front seat leg space. Overall the rear seats of all the four mid-size sedans are a bit tight with a difference of a few inches here and there among each other.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior

Chevrolet last updated the Malibu for the 2019 model year. At the front, the Malibu got a new chrome piece connecting the headlights, slightly slimmer headlights, and a larger front grille with minor updates here and there. Updated rear tail lights rounded out the changes. Since 2022 Chevrolet Malibu will be a carryover model we expect little to no changes to the exterior.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Kia K5

2021 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,126

3,131

3,298

3,241

Length (inches)

194.2

192.2

191.1

192.1

Width (inches)

73

73.3

73.2

72.4

Height (inches)

57.6

57.1

57.7

56.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.5

5.5

5.3

5.7

Wheelbase (inches)

111.4

111.4

110.4

111.2

As for the competitors we can easily see from the table that the Chevrolet Malibu is the longest mid-size sedan among all four here. But surprisingly except for the Kia K5, all the three have a similar wheelbase of around 111 inches. Coming to the ground clearance here also the Chevrolet Malibu beats all the others with a class-leading ground clearance of 6.5 inches.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Safety

The 2021 Malibu standard safety features are a joke compared to the industry standard, as only a rearview camera is standard. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane change alert, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and park assist are all optional. 


In the IIHS testing, the 2021 Malibu was rated “Good” in five crash tests, but a “Marginal” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The NHTSA gave the Malibu sedan a four-star out of five-star overall safety rating. We expect to see no major changes to these safety features and ratings for the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Competition

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Vs 2021 Honda Accord

The 2021 Honda Accord performs well in terms of power and acceleration. But Chevy Malibu is not far behind in terms of acceleration. Even the mileage figures of Malibu are way better than the Accords. The interior of Malibu also feels premium and comfortable with such a budget-friendly price. Overall, the Chevy Malibu offers great mileage, decent performance, and a comfortable interior at a better price. Moreover, the 2022 Chevy Malibu will be pocket-friendly by a couple of thousand dollars.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Vs 2021 Kia K5

Kia K5 has an appealing design, great acceleration, and overall performance, but it is quite pricey. At the same price, you could expect the RS trim of Chevy Malibu to be priced which generates more power than the K5 and is extremely premium in its offering. The Chevy will provide you great features at that price point. So, it is better to wait for the 2022 Chevy Malibu RS trim than to buy the base trim of the 2021 Kia K5.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Vs 2021 Toyota Camry

For its spectacular performance, engine capacity, braking system, and world-renowned reliability, the 2021 Toyota Camry is way ahead of the upcoming 2022 Chevy Malibu. Above all of the benefits, the winning streak is of the pricing. The Toyota Camry would set you back by $24,295, at this price point, you can expect to get the base trim of the 2022 Chevy Malibu. Hence, the 2021 Toyota Camry proves to be a better buy in every sense.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Final Verdict

Eyeballs are struck at the last iteration of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu, which is expected to range around $23,000-$34,000. Chevrolet Malibu will be great in terms of design and comfort. The interior will be appealing with a smooth touch and premium appeal. The 1.5L engine will serve you well but the 2.0L engine will be more fun to drive. The gas mileage and range expected are also great in the segment. The Malibu is worth holding this price tag for the buyers and is expected to be launched around January 2022.

2022 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.5

based on 117 ratings


7.5/10 Features
7.5/10 Interiors
7.7/10 Design
7.5/10 Safety
7.8/10 Reliability
7.6/10 Deal Value
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2022 Chevrolet Malibu Overall Reviews


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Julius J. Bowman

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 20, 2021

Malibu- treading along the civic and camry

Pros - "handsome looks, punchy engine, good safety rating"

Cons - Safety features cost extra

Powerful but grey haired I had driven this earlier and the punchy engine did impress me very much and then I decided to get one. But dealer informed that the driver's assistance tech are not standard and cost extra which was a bit dissapointing, none the less I enjoy driving it everyday to work without compromising on the safety Brenden Bailey deserves some appreciation for his customer service skills. He treated us nicely and didn't push us into buying the car.

8/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
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PM

Patrick L. McCallum

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 20, 2021

malibu-not the most wanted

Pros - "well syled, within budget, sporty drive quality"

Cons - Only FWD is available

Maybe Civic would have been a better choice The very looks of Malibu impressed me and next was the ride quality, it feels like a sporty sedan with the good acceleration and handling, though it becomes noisy at higher revvs but I seldom go to length now. The fact that there is only FWD available and civic would have cost me lesser than this still bothers me The price definately isn't what I call decent and budget friendly and the service experience also hasn't been a simple in and out. I've had a honda before and I never faced any issues with it. Sales staff at Caron chevrolet seems to be in a rush and the service staff is totally opposite as they take ages for a normal oil change.

6/10
Features
6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
5/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
6/10
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SW

Sonya P. Wilhelm

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

LT 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

The styling malibu

Pros - 1-Classy rear design 2-Remote sensing tech 3-Dual climate control

Cons - 1-Cheap material on seats 2- Less cargo area

Malibu has good remote sensing tech through which i can access my malibu from my home too.The dual climate control is a good add on. The cabin noise is very mild , great accoustics making drive a good experience . Costed me $25000 pretty decent and affordable. Cheap materials used, although the cabin is spacious yet the seating is a little firm. The rear design is very eye pleasing with great angles given at its edge also the rear spoiler makes the look complete. The emergancy braking is great for my teenage kids who are learning to drive. Great reliability as expected from chevy.

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
1/10
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Top User Reviews

6

User Overall Rating

Malibu- treading along the civic and camry

Powerful but grey haired

by Julius J. Bowman

6

User Overall Rating

malibu-not the most wanted

Maybe Civic would have been a better choice

by Patrick L. McCallum

8

User Overall Rating

The styling malibu

Malibu has good remote sensing tech through which i can access my malibu from my home too.The dual climate control is a good add on.

by Sonya P. Wilhelm

8

User Overall Rating

The american sedan

The heated and ventilated seats are great for the california weather .

by Kelli J. Taylor

7

User Overall Rating

The practical malibu

Like the outside temp display feature although the tech is not that updated .

by Charles C. Hess

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