I leased my Malibu last fall and have found it to be a superb vehicle. My car has the 3.5L V6 and plenty of get- up-and-go. I drove the Accord, Civic, Camry, and Corolla, but none of them were this nice for this price (I got mine for around $22k). I've got nearly 10,000 miles on it and had no problems at all. I get about 30 miles per gallon with about an even balance of driving in town and on the highway.
Remote start was standard with the 2LT package. It's great. In the winter, I never get into a cold car, or have to scrape. Also nice is the tilt/telescoping steering wheel-some of the competitors didn't have this. The rear seats fold and front passenger seat fold flat so Home Depot runs are no prob.
I'm very happy with this car, but I'd like to see fog-lights available on the less-expensive models. You had to get a more expensive package in order to get them.