2018 Malibu rental first impressions

Night shot from Galaxy S8.

It’s a car. It’s surprisingly not bad for a car that I routinely forget exists.


Brake pedal is surprisingly firm.

Takes bumps and uneven pavement like a champ. Overall decent ride.

Not bad infotainment (though I’ve only had it tuned into SXM Liquid Metal).

Sound system is pretty good.

As far as automatics go, it gets out of its own way.


Start-stop system is annoying and jerky.

Interior plastics range from mediocre to absolutely terrible.

Why did GM feel the need to make the reverse lights come on when you lock or unlock the car?!


Could do with more power. (This coming from a guy with an FR-S...)

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