For the most part, my Malibu is a pretty good car. It gets good gas mileage, has needed power when you need it and is comfortable to drive. It is a plain in styling. However, they are meant for small/medium families. Quality is ok for the Malibu. However, the head gaskets can be a potential problem if left unchecked. Engine also has the typical "click clack" sound when started cold. Click sounds eventually disappear after running for a few minutes. Transmission shifts well.
Ample power from the V6 engine, available features (cruise control, power windows, AC), comfortable ride quality on long trips.
No traction control available. The Grand Am/Alero cousins have those features available. LS edition should have a spoiler available as well.