My wife had 2002 Corolla, has worked great for her for 14 years, and only 2 minor troubles. But it was time to replace it, as moving from small town into big city in few months. I figured, she should have something a little safer and has more than 2 airbags and no ABS. We contemplated between 2 vehicles, C-max hybrid and Malibu with start-stop. Test drove both of the cars, and unfortunately, C-max was not well taken care of, and still had smell of cigarette smoke in it. Back seat also felt a little small compared to Malibu. Although the sticker price was tempting, 14900 for 10K miles on 2013 model SE. We ended up buying 2015 Malibu LS with 3058 miles on it. Drove it back home in middle of blizzard, and car handled fine. Managed 34.5 MPG with temps in high teens and low 20s. I am really surprised how quiet the car is compared to my Subaru XV, feels more solidly built, and start-stop has been great so far. I wish the C-max was properly taken care of and not had smell of cigarette smoke in it, and I would have bought it. I suppose until next time....Hopefully in few years Hybrid technology has evolved to something much better and it will be a no brainer.