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Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-)
Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-)
Malibu's new 22 MXZ is a hot new wakeboat designed for the elite corps of wake aficionados who like to do their tricks in front of a large, admiring audience. Malibu has pushed the helm back and put a pickle fork on the bow to maximize seating and sunning area for wake dudes' babes. Below, more V has been added to the boat's bottom to help create even more wake. If all of this isn't enough, then add the optional Power Wedge which drives down the transom farther, creating as much wake as 1200-lbs of ballast, according to the builder. The wake tower is standard and this boat is hot to tow.


Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Specifications
Length Overall 22' 3''
6.78 m
Dry Weight 4,000 lbs.
1814 kg
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 27''
0.69 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
189 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Engine options
Std. Power 350-hp Malibu Monsoon 350
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 410-hp Malibu L96 6.0L

Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Captain's Report

Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage

Malibu 22 MXZ

The 22' Wakesetter 22 MXZ is a new -- and very hot -- boat in the Malibu line-up for 2012.

Malibu 22M XZ Mission

Malibu tells us that the target audience for the new 22’ 3” Wakesetter model is “anyone who wants to enjoy time on water aboard a comfortable wakeboard-style boat." Further, she has been designed to offer "the best pull" in Malibu’s line-up of wakeboats. The MXZ is targeted "for high-level wake-boarders, or those who have aspirations of reaching that level.”

That is a pretty crisp, unambiguous, mission statement for the 22 MXZ and should put the usual suspects on notice that there is a new boat on the prowl.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The most notable feature of the 22 MXZ is the new pickle-fork bow configuration. Here we see it with the center fill cushion in place, making one huge sun pad or play pen.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The MXZ also has a new hull with a deeper semi-V design specifically designed to create wake.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The keel of the Wakesetter 22 MXZ is equipped with large tracking fins.

What Malibu refers to as ”Gorilla Fins” are fitted to the Wakesetter’s hull to enhance the boat’s tracking and turning abilities and to help eliminate rolling and sliding in turns.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The helm of the 22 MXZ has been moved aft slightly to create more space for lounge lizards.

Performance Features

Malibu 22 MXZ

Concealed ballast tanks complement the Wakesetter’s deeper “wake-making” hull design.

Built-in, hard-sided ballast tanks are offered in three locations aboard the MXZ model, and are quickly filled and drained with high-flow pumps controlled from the helm. These “Malibu Launch System” reservoirs are offered as standard equipment in the stern and mid-ships, and in the bow as an option, with the new Wakesetter 22 model.

Malibu 22 MXZ

Malibu’s patented Power Wedge automatic hydrofoil is an option aboard the MXZ.

The optional Power Wedge accessory functions as a reverse hydrofoil to direct water pressure from the boat’s forward progress to pull the stern deeper into the water to generate more wake. Offered in manual and automatic versions from Malibu, the auto system is controlled from the helm and can be set to almost any position between stowed and fully engaged to change wake size and shape while underway. When fully deployed the Power Wedge offers the equivalent of up to 1200 pounds of ballast, says the builder.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The standard 22’3” Wakesetter is powered by an inboard 350-hp Malibu Monsoon.

The Wakesetter employs a V-drive configuration to concentrate as much weight aft as possible to help generate wakes. An optional 410-hp Malibu L96 6.0L is offered as an upgrade, as are saltwater power packages that include a 330-hp model. Malibu tells us that the standard 350-hp package will allow the boat to reach speeds in the mid 40-mph range. The boat is rated to 555-hp.

High Tech Features

Malibu 22 MXZ

The standard stainless steel gauge panel surrounds large analog speedometer and tachometer gauges with digital inserts that flank an LCD control screen or, as pictured, an optional 6.5 inch MaliView Dash System.

Malibu 22 MXZ

Malibu Touch Command (MTC) comes standard on the dash of the MXZ, offering Power Wedge, graphical ballast and lighting zone controls and coded, keyless ignition among other functions.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The MaliView Dash System is an option aboard the Wakesetter 22 MXZ.

Malibu’s MaliView Dash System accessory increases the size of the standard in-dash LCD to 6.5 inches and transforms the display to high-resolution color and is designed to be visible in full sun. The MaliView offers control functions with ten-button navigation, including presets that control speed, ballast levels and Power Wedge position. The dash display also offers the ability to view video on the water from a variety of sources, live or recorded.

Malibu 22 MXZ

An Illusion G3 tower with a set of combination wakeboard/surf swivel racks comes standard on the new Wakesetter 22 MXZ from Malibu.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The Illusion tower features dual gas-assisted shocks for “weightless” fold-down and a variety of rack and speaker options.

Malibu 22 MXZ

One Illusion G3 tower option is a Flo-cam Rear View Rider Camera System that documents action made viewable live or recorded through the optional MaliView Dash System or after-market viewing systems.

Seating Features

Malibu 22 MXZ

The broad, pickle-fork hull design allows the forward seating area to expand to port and starboard at the bow, creating more “elbow room” for passengers seated up front.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The wrap-around seating in the cockpit can comfortably accommodate seven passengers plus the skipper, while the boat has USCG-rated capacity for 15.

Malibu 22 MXZ

LED lighting illuminates recessed areas along each side of the cockpit that are topped with padded bolsters to provide comfortable seating. Check out the flush-mounted stainless steel grab rails in a design that is reflected in hardware throughout the boat.

Malibu 22 MXZ

A section of the starboard cockpit seat base contains a compartment for a soft-side portable cooler.

Malibu 22 MXZ

Aft-facing stern seats double as storage compartments.

Malibu 22 MXZ

The fiberglass swim platform is mounted so low for easy access that a boarding ladder is offered as an option. Both the platform and ladder are removable. Note the top of the platform has some rocker to it to help take the pressure off wakeboard skegs.

ObservationsThis boat seems to offer every performance and comfort option a serious wakeboarder could ask for, aboard a boat built by a manufacturer with a reputation for providing quality ski/wakeboard boats.

This boat is not cheap, but then good products never are. The 22 MXZ is designed for hard-core wakesters who want to bring a bevy of babes along to ogle the entertainment. There is nothing subtle about this boat, and that is the general idea. The MXZ is hot and proud of it.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
Stereo Optional
Trailer Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Swim Ladder Optional
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Bimini Top Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Warranty

Malibu 22 MXZ (2012-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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