Having been in the market for a new car, I wasn't sure what to buy. My family and I are all very tall (I have a son who's 6 foot 9), I know we needed a big car, but I really needed good gas mileage as well. This is difficult to find, and in the past, I had bought only big cars because of the comfort level, including Cadillac, Lincoln, etc. I went to the local dealer and fell in love with the Malibu Maxx!! It's a small car, not overly large, but it has plenty of space for all of my family, and is VERY comfortable. With the adjustable seats and the cargo area in back, it can hold all of us and our luggage without a problem. Gas mileage is good, averaging 25 miles a gallon in the city, which is important to me. Highway is over 30 miles a gallon, which is very good. My old cars didn't go over 20mpg on the highway, so I'm really happy with this. It has keyless entry, ABS, and all of the other gizmo's my larger, more expensive cars had, and it's really quick on the speed, picks up very well. Overall, I would certainly recommend the Malibu to anyone looking for a good, inexpensive (relatively) car for a family.
I bought this car new, and initially loved it. Until it had 56,000 miles on it. Then the troubles began. The electric steering system failed, and had to be replaced $1500. The gas gauge broke. I still haven't fixed it. I was told it would cost probably around $500 or more to do this. Now the coolant level light is coming on for the third time. Coolant is going somewhere. I'm told another expensive repair is right around the corner. The car now has 88,000 miles on it. I've noticed that all the other people who left reviews only owned their cars for a short period of time. I would suggest anyone considering a malibu look up some of these issues and see what others are experiencing with the malibu. Most of us are not happy. I originally planned on keeping this car to at least 150,000 miles, but I can't afford to. I must say, though, they do get good gas mileage, but all the repairs offset the savings.
This car is comfortable roomty and gets great gas mileage. The purchase price is reasonable