The midsize sedan is still one of the most popular vehicle classes on the market. These cars offer a nice balance of space, fuel efficiency, and practicality, making them the perfect commuter models. An ideal midsize sedan offers all of these features, plus modern tech and safety features to help keep the drive safe and convenient. Out of all the new midsize sedans on the 2022 market, the 2022 Chevy Malibu deserves attention first and foremost.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu brings everything we’ve already mentioned to the table, plus a low price tag and a nice balance between power and fuel economy. This is due to its two engine options which are both turbocharged I-4 engines. Even the “powerful” option still offers impressive fuel economy ratings. Between the Malibu’s versatile engine options and its impressive safety features, it’s easily one of the most efficient commuters in the 2022 sedan lineup. We’re excited to give you a full, in-depth look at what this car has to offer.
While you don’t need a sports-car level amount of power, you still want your midsize commuter to offer good acceleration and fuel efficiency. The 2022 Malibu won’t fail you, here, with two engine options that cover both ends of the spectrum.
The Available 2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4 Engine
Drivers will experience a significant increase in both horsepower and torque when choosing the 2.0-liter engine. However, if you’re more concerned with fuel efficiency and less with power, the standard 1.5-liter engine is ideal. This is the more commonly chosen engine for daily commuters. Even with the more powerful engine, though, the 2.0-liter’s fuel economy still averages at 26 MPG combined versus the 1.5-liter’s 32 MPG combined.
Another perk to the Malibu’s performance is its standard variable-effort Electric Power Steering. In short, this means that your power steering assistance adjusts according to your speed. When you’re cruising at lower speeds (such as in parking lots, for example), steering is touchier and much easier. When you need more stability at high speeds, this system is there to help. Put simply, when you’re going slow, you can comfortably drive with one hand, while steering becomes stiffer and steadier at high speeds. Overall, this new model comes with all the performance options that an average commuter will ever need.
One of the most important features to look for in a midsize sedan is safety feature availability. The 2022 Malibu does great in this department, offering up to 10 different driver assist features, including standard Teen Driver Mode. The unique Teen Driver Mode makes the Malibu a perfect choice for families with teens learning to drive.
This teenage safety system is unique to General Motors vehicles only. This means that only Chevy, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac models offer it. It’s becoming a standard feature on more and more GM vehicles over time.
Teen Driver Mode includes the following features:
Here’s what you can do with these features. You can limit your teen’s speed, and any time that speed limit is crossed, the report card will make a note of it. Your teen will also get a warning, which gives them time to be upfront with you before you check their report card. You can also limit the volume so that your teen can only turn the music up to a certain point.
You’ll be able to track the 2022 Chevy Malibu’s location, ensuring that your teen is where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be. You can also set their curfew in-app so that they get warnings when it’s time to head back home. If they fail to make it home by curfew and you can’t get ahold of them via the phone, simply check the vehicle tracking app to see if they’re close or not.
Buick to Drive is the most obnoxious seat belt warning ever, which is ideal when you’re a parent or guardian. It flashes audible and visual warnings when your teen isn’t buckled, and it even prevents shifting for up to 20 seconds to encourage seatbelt usage. If your teen fails to buckle up within this time frame, those visual and audible warnings will keep going until the seatbelt is buckled.
Trusting your child is important, yes, but driving is one of those instances where no matter how careful someone is, there’s always potential danger lurking around the corner. This is especially true for young drivers, as roughly 20% of 16-year-olds end up in a car accident within their first year as a driver. The Chevy Malibu makes it easy to help keep your teen safe. Since this safety feature is standard across trims, you don’t have to drop any extra money on it. You’ll have a great work car and the perfect model to train your teen in.
In addition to Teen Driver Mode, there are nine other available driver assist features on the 2022 Malibu. These include the following:
Forward Collision Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking use sensors and monitors to detect both people and other vehicles, sending you a warning when a collision is possible. Automatic Emergency Braking then intervenes when you’re not quick enough to hit the brakes.
Rear Park Assist and Automatic Parking Assist help make both parking lot and roadside parking situations much easier. Rear Park Assist will notify you if you’re too close to an object, while Automatic Parking Assist will actually steer the vehicle for drivers. While the driver must still control the gas and brake pedals, AI will take care of the steering, which is arguably the most difficult part. This feature is especially helpful for tight parking lots and parallel parking.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert also comes in handy for parking lot driving. When drivers are in a parking aisle, it can be difficult to safely back out of a parking space. It’s hard to see around surrounding vehicles, so you won’t always know who’s coming down the aisle, how fast, and when. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses cameras and sensors to monitor this activity, letting you know when it’s safe to back out and when it isn’t.
Adaptive Cruise Control acts as both a safety and convenience tech feature. It keeps drivers from having to reset the cruise control, but it also prevents rear-ending. This technology does this by automatically maintaining distance between you and the vehicle ahead. If your cruise is set at 65 MPH, but the person in front of you is going 55, your speed will decline to keep a safe distance between both vehicles. When the other vehicle speeds up again or moves out of the lane, Adaptive Cruise Control will adjust accordingly.
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert works by monitoring other vehicles on multi-lane roads. When it’s time to switch lanes, the Malibu’s side mirrors have small icons that will flash if it isn’t safe to get over. These features will also display your turn signal so that the vehicles around you will know when you’re switching lanes. Lastly, High Beam Assist can detect oncoming traffic, automatically dimming the Malibu’s headlights to prevent bright lighting.
These features work together to create a safe and convenient driving experience. Whether you’re heading to work or out of town on vacation, these driver assist perks will help keep you and your family feeling secure.