2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Narrowed my search to the '09 Altima or Malibu. Altima had more standard features and Chevy dealer didn't want to deal. So we got the Altima 2.5S with the convenience, convenience plus packages and a few other options. It was the best choice. The 4 cylinder Malibu was a dog. The Altima CVT out performs the Chevy hands down.
The CVT is awesome, smart key, trip computer, interior controls.
I agree, lumbar support should be standard equipment along with stability control. That was the one advantage the Malibu had.