I agree that the "cosmetic" upkeep on the Malibu is by far the easiest of any car I've ever owned. Water drains from all areas well, and the sheet metal and fascias don't have many "nooks" to hide water or polish. Water drain is almost non-existent from the trunk lid.....which is usually the worst place on most cars. The only thing I've noticed that I DON'T like about it, is the "crack" between the flat ABS plastic panel and the front fascia. Small pieces of grass and leaves occasionally get stuck in this seam. Other than that, there's no real place for dirt or water to hide.