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2022 Chevrolet Malibu vs 2022 Nissan Altima

While crossovers and SUVs may seem like the kings of the road these days, few can boast the same fuel efficiency and sleek styling you’ll find in a midsize sedan. So you may find yourself asking, what sets one sedan apart from another? 

Let’s take a closer look at two of the most popular midsize sedans on the road, the new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and 2022 Nissan Altima, and discover what makes them stand apart from the rest. 

Exterior 

Few vehicles are as sleek and stylish as a sedan, and the new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and 2022 Nissan Altima are no exceptions to that rule. These midsize cars turn heads with their chiseled lines, dual exhaust outlets, and eye-catching wheel styles. The new Chevy Malibu makes a bold entrance with its dual-port grille emblazoned with the iconic Chevy bowtie logo. Meanwhile, the new Nissan Altima leaves a lasting impression with its sleek V-motion grille that sweeps low across the front fascia. 

Taking a look at the spec sheets, we’ll find that the new Chevy Malibu and Nissan Altima are close to the same size: 

  • Length
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 194.2 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 192.9 inches
  • Wheelbase
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 111.4 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 111.2 inches
  • Width
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 73.0 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 72.9 inches
  • Height
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 57.9 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 56.7 inches

The new Chevy Malibu is available in seven colors and seven wheel styles, while the new Nissan Altima offers nine colors but only four roller styles to choose from. On both sedans, you’ll find LED headlights, intelligent auto on/off headlights, and heated side-view mirrors. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu 

  • Slightly larger than the Nissan Altima
  • Offers more wheel styles to choose from

Advantage of the 2022 Nissan Altima 

  • Offers more colors to choose from than the Malibu
  • V-motion grille helps you stand out in a crowd

Interior 

The new 2022 Chevy Malibu and 2022 Nissan Altima were designed with comfort in mind. These midsize sedans both offer available eight-way power driver’s seats that make it easy to get your seat just right. They also both offer leather seating for elevated comfort levels and feature a sleek, contemporary dashboard set up with easy-to-reach knobs and buttons. 

When it comes to the spec sheets, the new Chevy Malibu offers more space for rear passengers while the new Nissan Altima has more front legroom: 

  • Front Headroom 
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 39.1 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 39.1 inches
  • Rear Headroom
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 37.5 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 36.9 inches
  • Front Legroom 
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 41.5 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 43.8 inches
  • Rear Legroom
    • Chevrolet Malibu: 38.1 inches
    • Nissan Altima: 35.2 inches


The new Chevy Malibu and Nissan Altima both offer over 15 cubic feet of trunk space, with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that make it easy to accommodate longer cargo. These midsize sedans also feature dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors. 

Chevy offers the new Malibu with ventilated front seats, while the new Nissan Altima has available heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The new Chevy Malibu also has an eight-inch driver information display while the new Nissan Altima only features a seven-inch driver information display. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Available with ventilated seats that keep you cool in the winter
  • Has a larger driver information display than the Altima

Advantage of the 2022 Nissan Altima

  • Offers more front legroom than the new Malibu
  • Available with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel 
  • More interior styles to choose from 

Technology 

Say goodbye to boring road trips with the new Malibu’s Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system that offers wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Sync your device to stream music, answer calls, and look up directions from the 8-inch touchscreen. This midsize sedan also features 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required) that supports up to seven devices, so you and your passengers miss nothing. 

Over on the new Altima, you’ll find the NissanConnect® infotainment system. Like its counterpart, this system includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also paired with an 8-inch touchscreen and features a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to seven devices. 

Both of these midsize sedans are available with nine-speaker Bose® premium audio systems and a trial subscription of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. However, only the new Chevy Malibu is available with Alexa Built-In, a 120-volt power outlet, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. By contrast, the new Nissan Altima does offer Door-to-Door Navigation that offers detailed real-time traffic updates, voice recognition, and more. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Available with a wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Features a 120-volt power outlet for on-the-go charging
  • Alexa Built-In lets you enjoy the benefits of your Amazon account from anywhere

Advantage of the 2022 Nissan Altima 

  • Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation makes it easy to find your way 

Safety 

When it comes to your safety, the new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and 2022 Nissan Altima leave nothing to chance. These midsize sedans offer loads of advanced safety features, including: 

  • Forward-collision alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Side blind-zone alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • LATCH system for car seats
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system

There are a few things you’ll only find on the new 2022 Chevy Malibu. This midsize sedan features automatic parking assist that can identify a suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spot and steer the vehicle into place for you. It also offers OnStar® Automatic Crash Response that can alert emergency personnel to your location when you’ve been in an accident. 

The new Malibu also offers Chevy’s Teen Driver technology. This feature helps you teach young drivers the ways of the road and develop safe driving habits even when you’re not there. With this system, you can customize vehicle settings to limit certain features and print an in-vehicle report card to give you information on their driving performance. This makes it easy to identify where they did well and where they need improvement.

However, only the new Nissan Altima received an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. This program evaluates how a vehicle performs in a crash with tests covering frontal, side, and rollover accidents. The new Altima was also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, meaning it received top safety honors from that organization as well. The new Malibu only received a four-star NHTSA rating and wasn’t named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Features automatic parking assist to help you steer into parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • OnStar® Automatic Crash Response has your back in the event of an accident
  • Teen Driver technology helps you teach young drivers safe road habits

Advantage of the 2022 Nissan Altima 

  • Earned an NHTSA five-star overall safety rating
  • Was named a 2022 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Performance 

Let’s take a look at what each of these sedans offer below their hoods. 

The new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu is available with two engines to choose from: 

  • 1.5-Liter Four-Cylinder Engine
    • 160 horsepower
    • 184 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Engine
    • 250 horsepower 
    • 260 pound-feet of torque

With the standard 1.5-liter engine, the new Chevy Malibu achieves 36 mpg highway. 

Chevy pairs the new Malibu with an available nine-speed automatic transmission that provides smooth, comfortable gear shifts. This midsize sedan also features a MacPherson front strut and four-link rear suspension that absorbs all the shocks in the road to ensure a comfortable ride. 

The new 2022 Nissan Altima follows the trends set by the Malibu with two engines to choose from as well: 

  • 2.5-liter Four-Cylinder Engine 
    • 188 horsepower 
    • 180 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Engine 
    • 248 horsepower 
    • 273 pound-feet of torque

The Altima achieves a fuel rating of 39 mpg highway with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Nissan pairs the Altima with a continuously variable transmission and it features an available intelligent all-wheel drive system that can switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive to optimize efficiency. For the suspension, we’ll find the new Altima is paired with an independent front strut suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. 

Advantage of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu 

  • Turbocharged engine offers more horsepower than the Altima’s
  • Four-cylinder engine achieves more pound-feet of torque
  • Features a nine-speed automatic transmission

Advantage of the 2022 Nissan Altima 

  • Has a higher fuel economy than the Malibu 
  • Available with an intelligent all-wheel drive system 

Which Should You Buy? 

Whichever midsize sedan catches your fancy, the new 2022 Chevrolet Malibu and 2022 Nissan Altima are sure to satisfy. These sedans offer contemporary style, excellent fuel economy, and loads of advanced technology features to ensure you enjoy the ride. The best way to figure out which is the better option for you is with a test drive. 

Visit Pat Curtis Chevrolet at 700 N State St, Caro, MI 48723 to test drive the Chevrolet Malibu or give us a call at (989) 673-2171.

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Dianna Duchesne

Dianna Duchesne

Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.
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