2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
The Malibu Maxx was a complete surprise to me. My prior experience with GM rental cars was terrible. The Maxx combines a good blend of features, performance, fit and finish, reliability, and flexibility in a compact package. My initial attraction was 0% financing, but after 12000 miles I can recommend the Maxx for your daily driving needs. My car has zero defects and repairs. The chassis is stiff, and the Maxx handles well. There is plenty of low-end torque for a little fun in an econo-box. The rear passenger room is enormous. My sons said that they like the car because it is “little on the outside and big on the inside.”
Overall design, ride and handling, gas mileage, reliability, rear seat room
A 5 or 6 speed transmission would be a real improvement.