Prologue: California Dreamin’
Obviously, the topography and beauty of Kansas City is a bit different. But even though we can’t fall to sleep with the sounds of ocean waves cascading on the sandy beaches, car aficionados know that good ol’ KC plays a major part in the Malibu legacy.
I was given the opportunity to drive a brand new 2013 Malibu Eco for a week, and I can tell you that the all-new ‘Bu handled the Kansas City commute quite commendably.
Act I: Bitchin’ Camaro
Act II: Step into My Office
Act III: Electric Boogaloo
The EPA ratings for the new Malibu Eco are 25-mpg in the city, 37-mpg highway. Our test car observed a city/highway average of about 28-mpg according to the on-board computer, but that was with a week’s worth of relatively choppy stop-and-go daily commuting.
In contrast to its frugal intentions, the 2013 Malibu Eco is pretty rewarding to drive. From the seat of your pants it accelerates as if it has a six-cylinder engine, and it’ll easily cruise at 75-80-mph without subjecting you to frequent downshifts in the six-speed automatic transmission. Handling is modern and tight, and it manages to find a good balance between not feeling wallowy while still imparting confidence in the turns.
Act IV: Returning to its Roots
Several of the members and their spouses climbed in and out of the new Malibu, punching buttons and adjusting the seat. Now I figured that since they were muscle car owners, they'd rag on the new car because it was a modern front-wheel-drive. It certainly was nothing like the vintage V8's they were driving.
I really appreciated all these guys and their wives coming out specifically to see the new Malibu. They got to check out the latest Chevy, and I got to see some sweet Chevelles.
Epilogue: Sweet Sorrow
If you’re looking to replace your aging Camry or Accord, I would recommend at least giving the 2013 Malibu Eco a test drive. I think Chevy has a pretty good thing going here; people just need to know about it.
For more information on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, visit Chevrolet’s web page at this link.
visit their Facebook page.
If you like classic Chevelles and Malibus, check out the coverage of the annual Mid-America Chevelle and El Camino Show, which was held at the Great Mall in Olathe last September.
And for more information on the General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant, the birthplace of my test car, check out this story.
You just want pictures? I’ve got those too. Some of them are mine. Some of the better ones are courtesy of General Motors. There are also pictures of the cars that helped out from the Mid-America Chevelle Club. See them all in the slideshow below.
Special thanks to Cale Hoover with his Marina Blue '67 Chevelle, Rocky Hill with his Regal Red '66 Chevelle SS, John Roudebush with his sparkling orange and black '67, Rick Byfield with his Ascot Blue '71 Chevelle, and Ed Smoot with his Light Spiral Gray Metallic '72 Chevelle SS for jazzing-up the pictures for this story.