I needed a cheap, economical company vehicle and chose the Malibu over Japanese competitors. It is averaging 33+ mpg on highway commuting and 29 to 30 in town. The car is comparable or better than anything built by other car companies in its price range. You get what you pay for and the Malibu is tough to beat for its price.
CD player sounds great. As others have commented, wind noise with all the windows down is not acceptable. It drives and rides fine and gets good gas mileage.
Fix the wind noise with windows down. Add hybrid capability with electric motor running at speed below 40 and gas running at over 40+ mph.