Owned an 08 Dodge Avenger that could have been a good car but it was time for it to go so I researched the Malibu extensively before contacting a dealer. I really wanted a six cylinder engine but was pleasantly surprised by the 4 cylinder engine power so I didn't see the need to spend the extra cash on a six. This car is a great buy and good value for the money.
Storage compartments, gas mileage, blue accent interior lighting,safety features and the stereo works great.
The front end is soft and seems to absorb bumps in the road, and it is not the easiest car to get in and out of, and put the 8 way power seat in all of the Malibu's, I have yet to find a comfortable position while driving it.