HFV6 Engine Package ($1,795 -- includes 3.6-liter V6 DOHC engine, dual chrome exhaust tips and hydraulic power steering); Premium Audio Package ($550 -- includes premium sound system with AM/FM stereo and six-disc changer); Premium Mat Package ($185 -- includes trunk cargo net, carpeted trunk mat and premium carpeted front and rear floor mats); 18-Inch Chrome Alloy Wheels ($195).
Traction on/off matters little as after initial power reduction, electronics work well. Plus, this engine's power is more difficult to modulate than some. Still, there's plenty of it.
Very soft pedal. Malibu stops well from 60, but its pedal feel is embarrassing.
Malibu is not very responsive. Still well-mannered, but not a corner carver. Too bad the engine hates this treatment. Malibu feels big in the slalom but manages respectably. There's enough info through the controls to toss it around comfortably, but this isn't a sports car.