The Chevy Malibu was part of the latest J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), which ranked vehicle brands and models based on survey responses from 84,165 purchasers and lessees of new 2022 model-year vehicles. The survey, which was fielded between February and May of 2022, elicits responses early on in the ownership period, and includes 223 questions covering initial vehicle quality in nine categories, including infotainment, features, controls and displays, exterior, driving assistance, interior, powertrain, seats, driving experience, and climate.
From these responses, each vehicle and brand is then given an overall score based on J.D. Power’s Problems Per 100 vehicles (PP100) metric. The lower the PP100 score, the higher the overall vehicle quality.
In the 2022 study, the Chevy Malibu was recognized as the highest-ranked Midsize Car, beating the Kia K5 and Nissan Altima, which tied for second place in the Midsize Car category.
More broadly speaking, the Chevy brand in general showed good results, securing a third-place finish among all car brands studied with an overall PP100 score of 147. Unsurprisingly, several other Chevy models also placed well in the study, including the Chevy Corvette, which managed the lowest PP100 score of all vehicles studied at 101, while also securing a spot as the top-ranked model in the Premium Sport Car category.
Other top-segment rankings for the Chevy brand include the Chevy Equinox (Compact SUV), Chevy Silverado LD (Large Light Duty Pickup), Chevy Silverado HD (Large Heavy Duty Pickup), and Chevy Tahoe (Large SUV).
Buick also did quite well in the recent study, slotting in as the top-ranked brand of all car brands studied with a PP100 score of 139, beating second-placed Dodge, which scored a PP100 score of 143. Chevy was third-ranked in the study with a PP100 score of 147.
Source: J.D. Power