Last redesigned in 2016, and the interior shows it. The Chevy Malibu continues to be a powerhouse at your local rent-a-buggy shop, but it also remains a background singer in the midsize sedan class. While it’s sharp-looking, this aging sedan is showing some wrinkles in its cabin.

Continue reading to see if its high points are enough to keep it in the conversation for buyers.

Precise turbocharged powertrain; lacking hybrid. Regardless of which powertrain you choose, the 1.5-liter turbo with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque or the 2.0-liter turbo with 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Malibu delivers convincing acceleration. If you want real straight-line speed, the 2.0-liter with the nine-speed automatic is the better option over the smaller four-pots CVT.

Oddly enough, the Malibu has no hybrid option. So, anyone looking to satisfy their eco-friendly side will have to look at the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, or Toyota Camry to get their miles-per-gallon kicks.

Sharp looks but still lacks personality. The 2022 Malibu’s exterior is nothing stunning, but it's sharp and European-inspired. Plus, it’ll age relatively well. Inside, though, the cabin is very plain and to the point. There is very little inspiring in here, especially in the Enterprise-lot-ready LS trim.

Buyers seeking a little design spice can look to the mature-looking Accord or eye-grabbing Sonata. Even the Camry and its sporty design still catch the eye.

Higher price than before. Now that the entry-level Malibu L has been discontinued for 2022, the sedan's base price has increased as a result. With an MSRP of $24,395, the 2022 Malibu LS is over $1,100 more expensive than the previous year. That could make the car seem a bit less appealing if you're cross-shopping midsize sedans based on price.

Great infotainment system; limited standard safety tech. The 2022 Malibu comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This system is sleek, functional, and easy to navigate, allowing almost anyone to jump in and know how it works.

While the standard infotainment system glows, the standard safety tech flops. The 2022 Malibu does have automatic emergency braking, but it’s optional on the LS and higher trims. It comes as a part of the Driver Assistance Package. This package includes a slew of safety and driving assist features, but the issue is they are standard on virtually every competitor.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Malibu is a solid option for anyone looking for simple transportation that doesn’t attract much attention. However, its lack of standard safety gear combined with a low-grade cabin are real sore spots that nearly any competitor can easily overtake. Whether it's a vehicle like the Hyundai Sonata or a Honda Accord, odds are there could be a better value available for those looking at buying a spacious passenger car. With the larger Impala and smaller Sonic dropped from the lineup, your only alternative from Chevy could end up being a crossover SUV like the Equinox.

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