Sometimes a car can serve to make the day-to-day commute just a little more enjoyable. Whether it is through a smooth driving experience, fashionable design features, or advanced technology, a vehicle can elevate our experience and make it not just tolerable but nice. The 2022 Chevy Malibu has a healthy combination of all of the previously mentioned features. Coming from one of the finest brands in the automotive world, the Malibu is sure to elevate the driving experience by way of its engineering, design, and technology.
Sedans have been slowly fading out of the market as SUVs continue to dominate, but there is a reason the Malibu continues to hold on year after year. Sedans fill the perfect role of an easily maneuverable, perfectly sized commuter that is at home in the city and on the wide-open country roads. There is a lot to appreciate about the 2022 Malibu, so let’s take a deeper look at what it offers.
Chevrolet is a true leader in automotive production, especially when it comes to engineering. It makes sense, then, that the 2022 Chevy Malibu is well-equipped under the hood. With a 1.5 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission, the Malibu is ready to take on the road at 160 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque. The engine's 4-cylinder design gives it impeccable balance and handling, so even if you’re using your Malibu just for day-to-day commuting, you’ll be doing it at a higher level.
The car offers competitive fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated economy of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. This efficiency is aided by available dual exhaust outlets, making for a healthy flow of air while the vehicle does its work. While the Malibu is already an affordable vehicle, it will continue to pay off because of its stellar efficiency.
If you want to take the Malibu’s engineering to the next level, the Premier trim offers a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 9-speed automatic transmission. It is amazing how big of a difference just half a liter can make because the Malibu Premier runs at 250 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque–a difference of almost 100 units respectively from the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. Those numbers are certainly not bad for a sedan, and Chevy has much more in store than just that.
The Malibu provides drivers with a smooth ride through its StabiliTrak technology, an electronic stability control system that includes traction control and features such as hill start assist. Dynamic suspension technology also aids in producing a stable and balanced ride, so drivers will be all set for whatever the trip may be. You’ll be in good hands when it comes to the Malibu’s engineering.
If you’re looking for a sedan, the chances are that design features are high on your priority list. You’ll be excited to hear, then, that the 2022 Chevy Malibu provides some mighty fine design features. It makes sense, seeing as it’s a Chevy. The 2022 Malibu provides four dynamic trims (LS, RS, LT, and Premier). Across the four trims, you will find a dynamic array of both exterior and interior design features. Because each trim is so excellent in its own way, we will take a few of the highlights from each trim. First things first–let’s start with the exterior.
Because the foundation is one of the most important things, the four trims offer wheels ranging in size from 16 inches to 19 inches. So, whether you prefer compactness or strength, the Malibu is flexible to your needs. This kind of flexibility is a very good thing; after all, the wheels are the part that make the driving happen.
The LS trim looks good in black, giving it a sleek appearance. It is made sleeker by power-adjustable mirrors with black caps. While higher-level trims are sure to offer heightened features, you should never underestimate the value of a standard trim. The Malibu LS offers strong exterior design features and a fantastic interior appearance with plenty of leading technology; it is the vital foundation from which all the higher trims take their cues.
The RS trim takes a fierce and edgy approach. It all begins with the face of the vehicle, which hosts a chrome grille with black grille inserts. Beyond the grille, the RS trim increases its edge by way of its black Chevy bowties in addition to an exciting combination of Black Malibu and Red RS badging. The RS trim’s dual exhaust outlets not only help increase airflow within the vehicle but also add to the car’s fierce aesthetic. This fierceness is made complete with a rear spoiler, which looks great cruising down the road.
The LT trim emphasizes exterior style with LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps. What makes this such an exciting trim is its special editions. Between the Midnight Edition, the Redline Edition, and the Sport Edition, you can craft your Malibu LT to suit your preferred design aesthetics.
The Premier trim is the Malibu at its finest. With chrome door handles (including body-color inserts), LED headlamps, and bright still plates, the Malibu Premier takes the whole vehicle to a new level. The Premier trim offers a very sought-after feature in its dual-panel power sunroof, which provides the perfect transition from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu is crafted to provide a refined interior without overdoing it. Its design features are not meant to be loud and overwhelming but rather to be inviting and manageable. But, that certainly does not mean that it backs down from top-notch features. Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy high-quality design features, especially in the RS and Premier trims.
When it comes to interior design, the Malibu RS sets a high standard with its inclusion of an 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar control. If you are going to spend a considerable amount of time driving, or if the vehicle will be used by more than one person with relative frequency, this flexibility will pay off over time, and your other drivers will agree. While seated in this 8-way adjustable driver seat, the driver will enjoy a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which makes the drive just a little bit more comfortable.
The Malibu Premier offers leather-appointed seating, making for an even more refined appearance. While the RS offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Premier takes things a step further by offering a heated steering wheel. If you’re looking to drive up north and brave the snow, or even if it’s just a chilly morning on the way to work, you’ll warm up quickly with toasty hands. Refined simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the 2022 Malibu, and we think you’ll like that game.
As the automotive world stands right now, technology is one of the biggest factors considered when one is looking to purchase a new vehicle. After all, what good is having just a basic vehicle that can't even play the music or podcast you like off your phone or allow you to answer a phone call hands-free. The 2022 Chevy Malibu, like all of the brand’s other vehicles, is a leader in integrating the latest and greatest technology at the lowest trim levels.
The 2022 Malibu provides an impressive selection of leading technology features across its four trims. At the beginning is the LS trim, which offers the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system by way of an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, a 6-speaker sound system, and USB ports (in addition to steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio, phone, and cruise). On the other end is the Premier, which provides a Bose premium 9-speaker audio system and Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with navigation. So, no matter which end of the spectrum you find yourself, you’re in for a treat (and of course, everything in-between is excellent as well).
Regardless of whether you have the Infotainment 3 or Infotainment 3 Plus, you’ll enjoy features such as Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming, and voice command. The Infotainment 3 Plus system will provide features such as in-vehicle apps and Connected Navigation. A good way to think about it is that Infotainment 3 will help you keep well-connected with everything in the car, while Infotainment 3 Plus will help you keep well-connected with everything in the car as well as the outside world.
A very exciting technology feature that is available across all four trims is an available Wi-Fi hotspot. Yes, no matter which trim you buy, you can have internet access right inside the vehicle! No need to grumble about data on a road trip. The Malibu finds a healthy balance with technology. It certainly is a technologically advanced vehicle, but it does not overdo it. It keeps you connected while keeping your eyes on the road and your mind on your passengers.