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2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I love this car. I am a librarian and put hours of research into the choice of this car. The fact that it recently got top safety ratings just confirms that the research was worth it. I often drive a family member's Accord, and the interior and driving feel of this car are vastly superior. People are reluctant to say it's better than Camry and Accord due to their long reputation of excellence, but from what I've seen they are slipping and the Malibu is a much better choice.
I like the simple interior - it's easy to understand. I like the easy driving feel. I love the safety features. Adjusable gas and brake pedals are a nice touch.
Publicize it more. It really is superior and it bothers me to see CNN call it "nobody's idea of a great car". This is ridiculous. It's exactly what you want in a family car, easy drive, comfortable, sturdy interior and very safe.