The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Nov 04, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yesterday, I wrote about our stay at POSH Palm Springs, the fantastic get-away boutique bed and breakfast, at this iconic great city in the Southland.

What I didn’t mention yet is how I got there. Chances are that if you’re a fellow Travelin’ Local reader, you probably have a fairly good idea.

In the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm article, I mentioned that getting out of town to the lush aura and resort of Palm Springs, is straight-forward—to get there from Los Angeles—you simply take Interstate 10, to Interstate 60, and back again once more to the 10.

Not inclined to be trite or simplistic—but the current generation of GM’s models, and their features—are not your mother’s Chevrolet.

They’ve rebuilt, re-tooled, and in consumers as well as professional alike, GM is a Car manufacturer extraordinaire–bar none.

And we expect this trend to continue. Never before would I have thought that any one let alone one domestic USA Car Company would so quickly develop into a global brand–matching every standard of their once vaulted competitors—both foreign and domestic.

General Motors automobiles are built for, and exceed any and all of today’s reasonable standards.

Frankly, our car industry, as exemplified by GM, is the new standard of excellence. Yes, there still other quality car choices and competitors to choose from; but GM shot like a bat out of hell to be an exemplification of excellence.

Rather than me rattling of all the negatives; it’s the many stunning positives that are due to this.

If the name Toyota comes up, I’ll head straight over to my local GM dealer for an alternative—call me a believer. Never thought I’d see the day, but it’s now upon us.

Just as I fell in love with GM’s new Chevy Cruze, I now have another.

To be perfectly frank, upon first learning I’d be test driving a 2011 Chevy Malibu, I really wasn’t that excited, as the Malibu model has been around for a long time.

I confess, boy, was I wrong.

Sporty, roomy, and even though Malibu is considered a “classic” sedan; but there isn’t anything typical about this car. The 2010 Chevy Malibu was awarded a 2010 Best Buy, by Consumer’s Report.

For the most part, the ride to Palm Springs from Los Angeles is a fairly straight shot, and only a couple of hours plus drive.

For a portion of the trip, the ride winds through the desert’s gorgeous mountains.  The Malibu is smooth on the freeways, and even smoother taking the curves up and down the mountains, gently hugging the road as it speeds along.

Extremely comfortable to drive, it handles just as easy with only a a small turn of the wheel required.

And because I used my Droid GPS for the first time, being able to plug in my phone to the Malibu’s handy USB port, located squarely in the middle of the front seats–makes driving the car even more enjoyable.

I’m not a light traveler, but the trunk had room to spare, and more.

Although I didn’t test how fast the Malibu can go, it’s obvious that the car is also built for speed–easily going from 0 to 60; however, it was fast enough for me just the way it was.

To obtain Malibu’s technical and other specific car statistics click here.

Now, the Chevy Malibu, is a fierce competitor against the the long tine dominance of the lauded Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Now, that’s a good looking car.

The bottom line:

The “new” GM, and their hybrids, models, re-engineering, redesigns, and revamping has made me a believer.

If you don’t believe me, then check one or another of the new GM models and decide for yourself.

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