A very good car, just not the most fun
Anti-sway bar replaced via warranty at no cost at 33,300 miles.
It seems to be a very reliable car as well as efficient for the size of it. It gets around 33mpg highway at 70 or a hair below. Once over 70mph it drops into the upper to mid 20s. This is with the four speed auto. Hopefully the six is much better.
The engine is very good; fires up nicely and sounds good at high revs. The four speed is really lacking; shifts are somewhat crude at times and there is no manual override. This however is corrected in the six speed version. They did at least offer a mode called Intermediate mode, and it holds a gear for about 1500 more rpm and does engine braking, which is nice.
This car is for my driving netting around 21mpg city; once again good for the size.
The car is whisper quiet. The fan will drown out the engine, and it looks good from every aspect. Inside is very good, but as some have stated, it's still cheap in some areas. Mind you I traded an older Audi in for this!
This is a very competent car drives very relaxed, will handle better than expected in the twisties, but the weight bias and tranny let it down.
The 2.4 is very reliable, and torque is abundant from lower rpm, as it is surprisingly bad for torque steer while the traction control is active!
When I was car shopping I decided on this for many reasons; one of which is it's Made in America almost 100%, and I wanted to support GM's resurrection of sorts, as they produced things such as the G8 and CTS. I couldn't afford such cars, and at the time gas was a big factor so I went with the Malibu, since it get mileages that are as good or at least close to many cheaper and much uglier cars.
I may however trade it in for a 2011 Ford Fiesta when it arrives, depending on whether or not Ford USA screws up an entertaining little car from Europe.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2009