Dear Lord in Heaven you are saying to yourself, the woman is still prattling on about cars!
Well, yes, I am. I am prattling on and on because I need to wrap. This. Up.
So, where did I leave off? Ah, yes... the drunken pregnant bride to be in the semi-gay bar.
After snagging a cab recently vacated by 3 cast members of Hairspray (the play, not the movie) I made my way back to my big and gorgeous and totally free of children room at the Westin where I proceeded to collapse on the bed only to jump right back up and hit the shower after getting a whiff of my smoke infused hair. Goodbye Awaphui, hello Marlborough... smoking. Alive and well in the South.
Breakfast was a gentle affair full of hushed tones and please pass the Advil. Yes, it was a late night for all out on Beale.
And then on to 150 miles through Mississippi! Which was seriously? Like the most fun ever!
I drove with Marc, (click his link for a "real" review) a true autophile (is there such a word? if so does it mean lover of cars?) which was fantastic because I drive like a mother of 3 and he drives like a bat out of hell. Over the river and through the backwoods of Northern MS. Past bars welcoming both us and our horses and hogs and past towns called "Cockrun" and past a few squinty eyed sheriffs...
As for the ride? I liked it. I drive a HUGE car with a V8, so I wasn't, to be honest, expecting too much in the way of performance... also, performance? Please. I am so not a car person. But I decided that this was my big opportunity to not drive like a little old lady and let's just say that the all the cars, including the Hybrid, were responsive and felt solid on those 2 lane back roads.
The interior was cool with a 2 tone leather option and there was plenty of room for my legs (which are not freakishly long but are long enough) and the back, where I sat and laughed my ass off with Kristen, had room for both of us (but would probably be a little tight with more than 1 car seat) and a sunroof which is always pretty but a little loud (which made it hard to hear Kelly), not to mention XM radio - hello UPop!
The bottom line? I am not the demographic the Malibu is marketed to; I am not a commuter and I don't have a small family... but I feel confident in recommending it to my mother in law and anyone else I know who is in the market for the proverbial mid-size car... it's safe, the hybrid, while just a mini-savings on the gas (about 2 mpg) is quiet and does contribute to overall reduction in noise pollution and emissions, and the LTZ is as good looking a car, inside and out as you are going to find... so, what the hell are you waiting for? Call Chevy and test drive one for yourself.