This is our first "Low priced" car in many years and we are amazed at how well we like it. We can't understand why your "Pros" don't rate this car higher. We find the steering and brakes to be excellent. It is a great size for around town and still does well on the highway. We are thinking about trading one of our other cars for a second Malibu. Everything on our car works as it should and it has never been back to the shop. We like the OnStar, XM radio, remote starting etc. All around good balance. Car is tight and quiet. More than worth the money. Highly recommend it.
Electric steering - XM Radio - remote starting.
I think a 5 speed transmission would be a worthwhile improvement as it would help to get the very best out of the engine.