If you’re a commuter shopping for a fuel-efficient sedan to ease the pain at the pump, check out the 2022 Chevy Malibu. This long-time category leader offers a sleek, aerodynamic curb profile that defies its practicality. Americans might be enthralled by the tsunami of SUVs and crossovers on the market today, but the savviest commuters know that nothing beats the classic sedan body style for handling and maneuvering in and around congested highways and urban areas.
Sedans may not be as sought after these days, but we believe that’s a short-term reality. There’s no arguing that SUVs and crossovers are great for large families and buyers seeking a higher vantage point. Still, many of us don’t want the extra bulk. This is especially true for buyers who live and work in urban areas. Anyone attempting to parallel park a giant SUV on a busy city street can attest to the stress-inducing effort required to get it right. Sedans are simply easier to manage in those settings.
The benefits don’t end with size, though, because sedans like the 2022 Malibu offer plenty of infotainment features and safety systems to make the commute both entertaining and safe. Those same features will also appeal to families with SUV fatigue. Chevy also gives performance-seeking buyers a compelling option to consider––an upgraded 250-horsepower engine found exclusively on the top-of-the-line Malibu Premier. Overall, the 2022 Malibu is fuel-efficient, stylish, loaded with available features, and delivers potent power.
Slide into your car on a Monday morning and describe your first thoughts. Are you dreading the drive or pumped to settle in and stream the newest episode of your favorite podcast? Commuting isn’t always fun, but it’s a whole lot more enjoyable when you love what you drive. The 2022 Chevy Malibu, offered in four trims, comes available with tons of features daily drivers will love. They run the gamut from advanced safety systems to next-generation smartphone connectivity but share one common characteristic: they’re driver-centric.
Chevy put a lot of thought into the Malibu’s interior, so you don’t have to worry about backaches or buyer’s remorse. The Malibu is roomy enough to join a carpool, with over 38 inches of rear legroom and comfortable seating for up to five passengers. On the weekends, or when your passenger load is light, you’ll love the 60/40-split folding rear bench seat that lets you stash your golf clubs for a weekend round with friends or a get together with your coworkers on a Friday afternoon.
You can take gas prices in stride when you’re the proud owner of a 2022 Chevy Malibu. The Malibu offers a fuel-sipping 29 MPG city and 36 MPG highway, which means you’ll pass by plenty of gas stations before having to stop. That’s especially good news since you’ll be nice and comfortable piloting your ride in what Car and Driver calls the Malibu’s “ergonomically friendly” cabin. If you’re dropping off your precocious toddler at daycare on your way to work, you’ll find tons of space for their car seat, along with child security door locks.
Chevy offers a convenient remote start feature on all Malibu trims, so you can let the cabin warm up while you fill your travel mug with another cup of coffee. In fact, the Malibu features tons of convenience-oriented connected services, all accessible from the MyChevy smartphone app. The idea behind its design is to offer drivers a seamless transition from home to vehicle, and to build in systems and technology that keep your eyes on the road. This will be music to commuters’ ears.
Since the 2022 Chevy Malibu comes in four trims, dialing in the level of luxury you want is easy. Multiple trims mean you won’t have to worry about being stuck paying for options you don’t want. All Malibu models are well-equipped, but to unlock the most premium features, you’ll want to take a look at the Premier. It sits atop the lineup, differentiating itself as the only trim with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a smooth-shifting 9-speed transmission to optimize performance without sacrificing fuel economy.
Inside the Malibu Premier’s cabin, you’ll find a long list of standard comfort and convenience features. An 8-way power driver’s seat lets you customize your position to take advantage of the Malibu’s back-friendly ergonomics. Your front passenger will also enjoy their own 6-way power seat. While other Malibu trims receive a 6-speaker audio system, the Premier features a Bose 9-speaker premium version, a nice sound upgrade to make your commute fly by. Also standard is an upgraded 8-inch HD color infotainment touchscreen with navigation.
The touchscreen runs on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System for lightning-fast responsiveness and easy toggling between features. All Malibu trims receive standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so streaming playlists and accessing smartphone apps without reaching for your device is easy. And, say goodbye to unexpected traffic jams with the Malibu Premier’s upgraded infotainment system––the navigation system is cloud-based, so directions include real-time traffic updates.
The Malibu Premier features dual-zone automatic climate control, a feature that lets your front seat passenger dial in their own temperature without changing yours. The standard rearview auto-dimming mirror takes the sting out of bright headlights approaching from the rear without your having to adjust the mirror manually. All Malibus include a standard rear vision camera, but the Premier has an upgraded HD camera. The Premier also features upgraded ambient interior lighting for a softer cabin atmosphere.
For the 2022 model year, Chevy infuses the Malibu with a plethora of passive and active safety features, all designed to keep occupants out of harm’s way. The LS, LT, and RS trims are available with a Driver Confidence Package that adds a long list of driver-assist safety systems that operate by way of a series of cameras, sensors, and radar. These systems are designed to help drivers stay alert and avoid common on-the-road hazards. The package includes ten different systems, including automatic high beams. Called IntelliBeam, this feature automates the switch between high and low-beam settings in response to oncoming traffic.
Also part of the Driver Confidence Package is Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, which monitors the dreaded blind spot and alerts the driver if an unsafe lane change is attempted. This system works closely with the commuter’s best friend––Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, whose job is to notify the driver when it senses the vehicle is drifting out of its lane and send corrective nudges to the steering wheel. Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking are also included to mitigate or prevent front-end collisions.
Rounding out the systems in this comprehensive package are:
Malibu Premier buyers can opt for the available Enhanced Driver Confidence Package. It features everything found in the Driver Confidence Package, plus Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Parking Assist. Every Malibu is equipped with ten airbags and the capability to activate OnStar, a connected service that gives drivers access to live operators for emergency services, roadside assistance, and more. Chevy’s innovative Teen Driver system is also standard, helping parents monitor young drivers and instill lifelong driving habits that keep them safe.