Recently, I had the opportunity to review the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for two fabulous full weeks. When I initially was invited to partake in the review campaign through PTPA, I did have my hesitations. My Dad has been working in the auto industry since long before my time. He raised me to love import car companies. He tried to sway me to never purchase a domestic car. He had his preferences. I wouldn’t say his intention was to brainwash me. I was just young and didn’t know any different. Until they day that I got my hands on the beautiful 2013 Chevy Malibu.

 
When GM dropped off the car for evaluation, I remember being in awe as I watched it pull up. I had a friend who owned a Chevrolet Malibu in high school. It was quite the beater. So given her experiences and being raised on imports, I was skeptical and certainly wasn’t expecting much of the 2013 Chevy Malibu.  Needless to say all my reservations quickly vanished as I got an up-close-and-personal experience with the black beauty.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu had a very sexy, curvaceous curb appeal. It was candy to the eyes! The exterior body was nicely designed. However, I wasn’t all that keen on the design of the rear of the vehicle.  The moment I opened the driver side door, I was wowed. The interior of the Malibu is very modern, sleek, and sophisticated. It reminded me much of an interior of a Jaguar.

Sharing the Love…

 I loved that the car focuses on safety. If I was to purchase this car, it would be the family car. My children would be traveling with me in it often. Safety is of huge importance to me. It features 10 airbags and a 5-star NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) rating.

I loved how spacious the car was. The interior of the car was so spacious. I could easily fit two toddler car seats in the rear of the vehicle. With both seats in the car, a passenger could still easily squeeze into the middle seat in the rear of the vehicle if need be. It would be a tight fit, but as a Mom who has had to reach over the passenger seat to struggle to feed my child… I would much rather squeeze in between two car seats, as opposed to having to bend, contort and flex my body every which way over the passenger seat to feed my child. The Chevrolet Malibu’s trunk offers up to 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space. On top of that there are additional storage compartments hidden within the car; behind the stereo, between the rear passenger seats, on either side of the front passenger seats, and the center console.

I love that the car is designed for individuals who are on the go. If you need to charge your smart phone, laptop or tablet in a jiffy… don’t sweat it – you can do it in the Chevrolet Malibu! This is important to me. I love to work when I’m travelling long distances. I’m a busy, work-at-home Mom with a to-do list that is a million miles long. If I can set-up shop to work in a car, brownie points!

Next on the list is… MyLink – What’s not to love about MyLink?! The screen may have been a bit large and distracting, but I loved all the control I had over the vehicle just at the tips of my fingers. With MyLink I was able to customize the radio to create for a wonderful driver experience. MyLink offers OnStar, Pandora, Stitcher, and SiriusXM Radio. MyLink can seamlessly integrate with wireless online services using both hands free, steering and touch screen controls, as well as Bluetooth. You can easily create your own personalized playlist of your favorite songs. There were USB and auxiliary inputs located within the center console of the vehicle.

Music is something I love to experience when in the car. Driving with the windows down and music cranked is a great stress outlet for me. The sound system in the Chevrolet Malibu is something I truly miss. I loved seat dancing to all my favorite tunes in that car! The sound system was amazing. Base-y and fun! The key fob was quite handy too. It featured your standard lock, unlock and panic buttons. BUT  – not only that… The key fob doubled as a remote starter. I have remote starter envy. It’s an amazing feature and comes in quite handy in the cold winter and hot summer.

The Downfalls…

The lumbar support in the car needs some improvement. I could barely sit still through a 30 minute drive. My back and derriere would end up quite sore during lengthy drives.

The car comes equipped with a safety system that detects if you are approaching the car in front of yours too fast or if you’re following too closely. I never knew about this safety feature until I took the vehicle out for its first test drive. The light turned red and the car in front slammed on its brakes, which meant I had to stop suddenly. Next thing I remember is this bright strobe of red light illuminating across the dash, the music stopping and an alarm sounding. It frazzled me. I wondered if something was wrong with the car. Did I need to pull over… and then… The light changed. I watched the dash and noticed the graphic of a car illuminated in green. If you started following closely, the illumination would turn orange. This safety feature was very distracting. I understand the purpose behind it, but it’s not a safety feature for me.

My City Jogger Select Stroller did not fit in the trunk of the vehicle. For a car that is known for its spacious cargo, I was a little let down when I tried to load my stroller in it for the first time to find that it didn’t fit. My stroller goes with me everywhere. A huge drawback.

My love for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu certainly outweighed the setbacks. While I know the car may not be for everyone, I can attest to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu being a great family vehicle. It offers a lot of luxury at a price for a family on a budget. This is one vehicle that I would consider purchasing if I were in the market for a new car.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was designed by Moms for Moms. Did you know that?! It was just one fact I was surprised to learn when evaluating the vehicle.

 The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is the recent recipient of the PTPA Seal of Approval. Parent tested. Parent Approved. Congratulations!

Disclosure – I’m a PTPA Blogaholic who was given the opportunity to test drive the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for two weeks in order to evaluate the vehicle. All my opinions are those of my own.

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