Recently my husband and I were given the opportunity to visit Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and test drive the brand new 2013 Chevy Malibu. It was a really special trip for us because we haven’t been away without our kids in over 9 years (pretty much since the first one was born!)
As we were cruising the breath-taking Cabot Trail it occurred to me that we weren’t just test driving the car, we were test driving a new phase in our lives. Our youngest has just started full time kindergarten, so the week away felt like a preview of our days to come; more time for us, adult conversation during the day, basically; a more mature phase in our life. That’s exactly how I felt about the 2013 Malibu; it’s a grown-up version of older models. It’s sleek and stylish, and perfect for someone looking to take a step up to something more mature.
What really appeals to me about the Malibu is how luxurious it looks and feels. The exterior lines shape and colours are very stylish.
We drove a charcoal gray Malibu and it even had a “sparkly” look in the sun, (which I loved of course and the Mr. didn’t even notice.)
The details in this car were beautiful; chrome, wood grain, and metallic accents give the interior a very high-end look. However, one of my only complaints with this car was that the chrome detailing was very reflective and distracting when driving in the sun, I would definitely skip it and go for another finish.
Even before we left for the drive, I was intrigued by the Malibu, because it has been endorsed by one of my favourite fashion designers; Isaac Mizrahi.
Cars and fashion isn’t the first thing you think of together, but when it comes to the Malibu, it makes perfect sense. Isaac said it best, “With its sculpted new styling, available unique ice-blue ambient interior lighting, and so many other smart features, and women everywhere are going to love this car. It’s stylish and savvy, just like they are.”
The Malibu is also an excellent choice for families. There is plenty of storage room in the trunk, and legroom in the backseat, even with car seats. In fact, you could probably have two booster seats in the back and fit an extra passenger in the middle. There were plenty of little pockets in the back doors and behind the seat for all the kids travel essentials, and drink holder in the centre console, which is a must for our kids
As for the driving, my husband summed it up in one word: smooth. Even through the windy Cabot Trail the Malibu handled extremely well and provided a comfortable ride. It doesn’t feel like a big car but was powerful like one when climbing hills too. And the best part about this vehicle’s performance is the gas mileage. Although ours was refuelled, one of the other drivers recorded going 501 km around the trail on three-quarters of a tank, you can’t beat that!
To me the 2013 Malibu is a little piece of luxury without the luxury price tag. Starting at $24,995 it really is a practical option for a family that wants something that’s a definite step up from a starter car. We felt there was plenty of space for our kids and their stuff, without the car feeling over-sized. When we are ready to trade in our old Chevy Optra, the Chevy Malibu is a definite contender for our new grown-up car.