Two years after its introduction, the Malibu still looks fresh – with elegantly styled sheetmetal wrapped around a thoughtfully designed interior equipped with a very intuitive infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are bonuses, while we dig the hidden cubby behind the infotainment screen. The Malibu's touch points are well-padded and there's plenty of room for four adults and even five without too many complaints.
But you'll want to upgrade to the LT or even the Premier to experience the cabin's best. In these trims, pleasant leather upholstery envelops comfortable and supportive seats that provide excellent sight lines for the driver.
Our big complaint comes in the option packaging. While not as problematic as certain GM models, the Malibu squirrels away its best active safety equipment on the highest trim levels, and even in the case of the volume LT, requires a pricey optional package.