Remember the Malibu Maxx? It was the hatchback version of the old Malibu and it wasn't completely terrible. The trick rear seat was probably the coolest part, since it would slide AND recline.
For 2006, Chevy unleashed the Malibu Maxx SS on the world. With a throbbing 240 horsepower V6 putting power down through the front wheels, the Malibu provided a spirited drive.
But don't take my word for it, listen to John Davis from MotorWeek wax poetic about the Malibu as if it were the second coming of the Messiah.