Its appearance is attractive enough, and its behaviour while being driven is agreeable enough. The majority of versions come standard with a continuously variable automatic gearbox (CVT) with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine; the Premier model, which is the highest trim level, comes standard with a more powerful turbo 2.0-liter. All of the models come standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is not an available option. This is true regardless of the engine. The Chevy does not, in contrast to almost all of its competitors, include these driver-assistance functions as standard equipment, but they are available as an option.
2022 Chevy Malibu Specs
- MSRP: $24495
- Seating Capacity: 5-seater
- Engine: 1.5-litre engine
- Horsepower: 160 hp @ 5,700 rpm
- Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
- Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
- Fuel Mileage: 34 mpg
- Length: 194.2 in.
- Width: 73.0 in.
- Height: 57.9 in.
- Wheelbase: 111.4 in.
Engine and Performance
The Chevrolet Malibu is one of several family sedans that provides a choice of powertrains. The majority of Malibu variants are driven by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 163 horsepower and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The brand new CVT achieved a time of 7.8 seconds when going from 0 to 60 miles per hour. Premier models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine is only available on Premier models.
Interior and Comfort
Even while the interior of the Malibu is neither the most luxurious or the most quiet, it is pleasant and user-friendly from an ergonomic standpoint. The passenger capacity and possibilities in the interior are comparable to those of other options; nevertheless, most alternatives offer improved view outside. The symmetrical layout of the dashboard of the Malibu, along with the big space located under the centre stack, gives the impression that the cockpit is rather roomy.
Although the bases of the front seats are spacious and the side bolsters provide additional support, the rear cushions are too small for certain passengers. Although there is less legroom in the rear seat than there is in the back seat of the Accord, both of us were able to sit comfortably. The Malibu has a large trunk with enough of space for carry-on items, and it also has lots of space for storage inside the vehicle, despite the fact that it is not the best vehicle in its class.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every Chevy Malibu comes standard with an infotainment system that is controlled by a touchscreen and features a number of desirable add-ons like as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The system is falling behind the competition, and it does not have a suitable rotary control knob that can be used as a supplementary way to engage with the interface. Despite the fact that the touchscreen interface is simple to use, the system is losing ground.
According to the estimations provided by the EPA, the smallest engine available in the Malibu achieves lower fuel economy than the base powertrains offered in the Accord and the Toyota Camry. The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine was able to get a respectable 34 miles per gallon.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Even while the Chevrolet sedan may be ordered with all of the high-tech aids that contribute to the protection of contemporary families, none of these features come standard. Key features include:
- Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control