We had an 09 4 cyl Malibu delivered Thursday at work and I wanted to test drive the car and see how it ran with the 4. I gotta tell ya I was impressed how well it ran. I hadn't driven one before I bought mine, if I had, I mighta just bought the 4 and saved myself $1800 dollars. The 4 along with the 6 spd trans would be a gas saver. Just my 2 cents.