Hello and welcome! I never drove a Malibu so I couldn't compare it to the Cruze directly, but I can tell you I enjoy the Cruze very much. I have the 2014 Diesel and enjoy it just as much, if not more, than the day I got it. There are things to keep in mind if you get the Diesel. It shouldn't be primarily used as a city driver as the emissions system may not be able to function as it should, there is a DEF tank that replaces your spare tire (you instead get a fix-a-flat kit in the trunk, there have been numerous users on the forum who have reported issues with sensors related to the emissions system (I personally haven't experienced any of these issues yet. I'm at 22,000 kilometers with half city and half highway driving).Hi All! I am new member to the chevy family, I just bought a malibu ltz eco, but I am not happy with it. I was considering getting the cruze diesel any thoughts/inputs would be appreciated.