Although it has changed little since its 1997 introduction, the Malibu still provides good basic transportation and holds its own among low-priced V6 sedans.
It costs less than a four-cylinder-equipped Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, but lacks the refinement of those models.
Handling is fairly nimble, but tire grip gives out easily at the limits.
The standard 3.1-liter, 170-hp V6 gets the job done but isn't very refined.
The ride is compliant though a bit jiggly.
The automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
The interior is roomy, with a rear seat that's actually more comfortable than the one in the larger Impala.
The front seats are fairly comfortable, and the controls are logical.
Many interior fittings feel insubstantial and cheap.