2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I did my extensive homework on the Malibu Maxx LT, Civic and Prius hybrids. I test drove them all. I was fighting the fuel economy thing so you would think one of the two hybrids would win me over, well for the power, safety, standard features, and available options, the Malibu kept on winning me over. The 2005 model has all the safty features my family needs, and rear DVD, adjustable foot pedals, sunroof, moonroof, reclining rear seats, remote auto start, XM Radio, On-Star, and of course the great fuel economy. The sticker on this car said 22 city/30 hwy, but I feel like I am getting at least that. That is good compared to the price and options on the other two.
I love the power and handling of the V6 and traction control. The center- low DVD player is great. The reclining rear seats are a GOD sent.
More sturdy plastics moldings and fittings. The rear Moonroof pull shades can be improved.