2022 Chevrolet Malibu Features, Price, Specs, Interior, Colors

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Although the sedan market has waned in the recent past, several automakers continue to offer appealing family-friendly cars to buyers.

One such automaker is Chevrolet, an American brand that includes the capable and stylish Malibu in its lineup.

The Malibu continues to get better with upgraded features, a more powerful engine, and eye-catching exterior styling. This guide breaks down the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu to help you decide if it’s the right model for your lifestyle.

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The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu starts at $23,400. It’s an affordable new model that costs less than many of its competitors in the midsize sedan segment. Chevrolet offers this sedan in four trim levels, and the difference between the base MSRP and the top trim level is approximately $10,000. If you want more features, one of the higher trim levels may include the options you desire.

Chevrolet offers extended warranty coverage on new Malibu models. The sedan includes a three-year/36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. An extended warranty is available at the time of purchase. Buyers also receive coverage against corrosion and roadside assistance for the first few years. The first scheduled maintenance visit is complimentary.

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Engine Specs & MPG

The 2022 Malibu is available with two engine options. The lower three trim levels come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which puts out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a continuously variable transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

With the top trim level, you get a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This unit pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission that also powers the front wheels.

If you choose one of the lower trims, your sedan will return an estimated 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The combined fuel economy estimate with the 1.5-liter engine is 32 mpg. By contrast, the larger engine returns an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, or 26 mpg combined.

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Towing Capacity

The 2022 Chevrolet Malibu can tow up to 1,000 pounds, although it doesn’t include any towing equipment as standard. The automaker does offer a few standalone options that allow you to tow a lightweight trailer.

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Safety & Tech Features

Every 2022 Chevrolet Malibu comes well-equipped with safety and tech features, and additional options are available on the higher trims. With the base trim, standard safety equipment includes ten air bags throughout the cabin, a rearview camera, electronic stability control with traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and Teen Driver settings.

The Driver Confidence I & II package bundles rear parking sensors, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, and forward-collision alert with automatic braking. Some trim levels are available with the Enhanced Driver Confidence package, which tacks on adaptive cruise control and a following distance indicator.

Standard tech features on the base LS trim include a six-speaker audio system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration with wireless connectivity, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

The LT Trim adds satellite radio with a complimentary subscription for the first few months. With the top Premier trim, upgraded tech features include an enhanced touch screen with an updated version of Chevy’s infotainment system, integrated navigation, a nine-speaker premium sound system, and wireless device charging.

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Exterior Features

Exterior features on the LS trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlights, and power-adjustable side mirrors. Stepping up to the RS adds a few sporty upgrades, including a rear spoiler, upgraded side mirrors, a black front grille with chrome surround, and larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

With the LT trim, exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, LED daytime running lights and taillights, and upgraded tires. At the top of the list, the Premier trim boasts its own set of 19-inch wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, additional chrome accents, a dual-pane sunroof, and LED headlights. You can also outfit your Malibu with exterior upgrades, depending on the trim level and available packages. Some of these options include a keyless entry keypad, automatic high beams, front and rear splash guards, and a blacked-out front grille.

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Cabin Size and Comfort

When you want a sedan that offers plenty of space, the Malibu won’t disappoint. It fits into the midsize sedan segment and boasts a spacious cabin with comfortable seats and accessible controls. When you climb into the vehicle, you’ll notice the symmetrical dashboard and wide opening beneath the central stack. These design elements help to make the front row feel more spacious and comfortable. All the seats have supportive bolsters and a wide base, while the rear row of seating has enough legroom to accommodate adults with ease.

The cargo area offers 15.7 cubic feet of storage space. If you choose one of the lower three trim levels, your Malibu will come with cloth upholstery. The top Premier trim has leather upholstery as standard.

Trim Levels

As mentioned, Chevrolet offers the Malibu in four well-equipped trim levels. The automaker dropped the L trim, which was previously the base trim level available. The four trims are LS, RS, LT, and Premier.

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Paint Color Options

Depending on the trim level you select, your chosen paint color might come with an additional cost.

You can also choose from four interior color options, which are: Dark atmosphere/medium ash gray cloth, Jet black cloth, Jet black leather, Dark atmosphere/light wheat leather.

If you choose a model that comes standard with leather upholstery, you can select from the lower two interior colors. Chevy also offers two interior color schemes with cloth upholstery.

The 2022 Malibu comes in seven appealing colors. These include:

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Mineral Gray Metallic

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Dark Ash Metallic

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Silver Ice Metallic

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Summit White

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Mosaic Black Metallic

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Cherry Red Tintcoat

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Northsky Blue Metallic Metallic

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