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2022 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2022 Volkswagen Passat Review

Picture of the 2022 Chevrolet Malibu

2022 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $23,400 to $33,500
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Picture of the 2022 Volkswagen Passat

2022 Volkswagen
Passat

MSRP*: $27,575 to $30,575
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MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 160-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 174-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 174 hp
Exterior Length 194.2 in 193.6 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 72.6 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.1 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 37.4 in
Rear 37.8 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Chevrolet Malibu than in the Volkswagen Passat, due to the Chevrolet Malibu's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Passat in the front seats.

Convenience
The Volkswagen Passat requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Chevrolet Malibu, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Malibu will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Passat.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Malibu is about the same width as the Volkswagen Passat. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Malibu takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Passat.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Passat, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Malibu has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Passat, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Malibu does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Passat.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Passat.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu than that of the Volkswagen Passat.