2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LS 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
We've had our Maxx for 14 months and 14,000 miles. It has exceeded my high expectations. The car is well- designed and, except for its truck front grill (an example of what's wrong, and who should be fired, at GM), well-styled. The build quality is excellent --- proof that GM autoworkers in Kansas are as good as those working in Japanese-brand plants in other parts of the USA. If this car had a Honda or Toyota badge, it would probably be the best-selling passenger car in the USA. Of course, we don't know how it will stack up against a used 2004 Accord or Camry in five years. So far, it looks like it can compete with them on TCO.
Load carrying capacity, reat seat head and leg room, >30mpg at ~70mph on regular gas, has been reliable, lots of well-designed small storage places, adjustable pedals
Front headrests are not comfortable for us. ("Truck" front-end styling has been fixed on 2006 models.)