CR recently published an article entitled ‘Popular Midsized Sedans to Avoid and What to Buy Instead’, which classified the 2022 Chevy Malibu as one of the current-day sedans that consumers should absolutely steer clear from. Editors had a rather long list of reasons for giving the Chevy Malibu a failing grade, including outward visibility, passenger comfort, build quality, materials quality, reliability and a lack of standard active safety features.
While the Chevy Malibu certainly has some room for improvement, it’s not all bad news. CR says the sedan has “attractive styling, a comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin,” which may be redeeming features for motorists who highly value these attributes. The Malibu also earned praise for its relatively spry handling characteristics, as well as the ample acceleration from both its standard turbocharged 1.5L I4 LYX gasoline engine, as well as its available turbocharged 2.0L LTG gasoline engine.
Consumers in the market for a new mid-size sedan like the 2022 Chevy Malibu would be better served by the Toyota Camry, CR argues. The Camry is the publication’s top-rated convention sedan and has a “pleasing blend of a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, good fuel economy and easy to use controls.” Editors also appreciate the impressive 32 mpg fuel economy of the base 2.5L engine, as well as the Camry’s responsive handling.
CR says the new Kia K5 is also a good “under the radar alternative,” to the Chevy Malibu thanks to its efficient 1.6L engine, which is capable of returning up to 32 mpg combined, as well as its supple ride, solid handling and roomy cabin.
While CR may not be a big of the Chevy Malibu, it’s clear that many Americans are. GM processed an additional 20,000 new sold orders for the Malibu in May due to pent-up demand for the vehicle. GM has been operating on just eight days’ worth of Chevy Malibu supply since March after production of the four-door was idled for the better part of the 2021 calendar year as a direct result of the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage.