Consumer Reports Worst Midsize Sedan Is Also the Cheapest

Often, people think that if something is cheap, it will also be bad. However, that’s not always the case. Unfortunately for Chevy, the Malibu lives up to that idea. It’s the cheapest midsize sedan option and the worst one on the market. Here’s a look at the 2022 Chevy Malibu and why it’s such a cheap and bad midsize sedan.

The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is the most expensive midsize sedan option

A dark color 2022 Volkswagen Passat driving down the road.
2022 Volkswagen Passat | Volkswagen of America, Inc. Newspress Limited

According to Consumer Reports, the Passat, which starts at just over $27,500, is the most expensive midsize sedan option on the market right now. This makes it about $1,000 more expensive than the runner-up, which is the Honda Accord. That being said, this is a hefty price tag to pay. The Passat is a good car, as it did earn a recommendation from Consumer Reports.

The Passat has some easy-to-use controls, good visibility, and its rear seats are comfortable and spacious. Unfortunately, the Passat is rather unremarkable and has some modest scores overall. On top of that, Volkswagen recently killed off the Passat in every country, so customers interested in a Passat won’t have long to get their hands on one.

The 2022 Chevy Malibu is the cheapest and the lowest-rated in the class

On the other hand, the Malibu is a much cheaper car than the Passat, as it starts at about $23,500. This makes it about $400 cheaper than the next cheapest car in the segment, which is the Kia K5. The Malibu is also a worse car than the Passat, the K5, or any other midsize sedan. In fact, it’s the only midsize sedan reviewed by Consumer Reports and did not earn a recommendation. 

This midsize Chevy sedan didn’t have much going for it compared to the other options in the segment. Consumer Reports wrote that the Malibu’s standard engine has a “raspy tone.” Its styling makes the car worse in terms of visibility and access. The seats also don’t offer much support for drivers and their passengers.

Consumer Reports praised the Malibu’s quiet cabin, comfortable ride, spacious rear seats, and easy-to-use controls. However, many of those positive aspects are the same found in better cars. Other midsized cars don’t have the Malibu’s low reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. Folks who bought a Malibu simply didn’t think the car was that great.

The 2022 Honda Accord is the best car in the segment right now

Unsurprisingly, the best midsize sedan right now is the Honda Accord. It starts at about $26,500, and Honda provides customers with a high-quality sedan. Consumer Reports wrote that the Accord had a lot of positive traits and one negative. Consumer Reports liked how the Honda handled its easy-to-use controls, comfortable ride, and great fuel economy of about 31 mpg combined.

The one thing Consumer Reports didn’t like about the Accord was its low stance, which could make it harder for folks to get into and out of the car. Other than that, the Accord is simply a solid midsize car all-around. Like other Hondas, the Accord has excellent reliability ratings, which should mean that drivers will be able to put a lot of miles on their odometers. The Accord is also satisfying to own, as many owners reported that they liked the car.

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