Test Driving the 2013 Chevrolet Lineup at Chevy After Dark

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Still Driving a Chevy

My very first car that was ALL mine was given to me on my graduation day over 20 years ago. I was led on a scavenger hunt that eventually led me to a 1986 Chevy S-10 Blazer that was a 2-tone white and tan, with a big red bow on top. I was over the moon for that truck! I drove it with pride for several years before I finally had to trade it in for something newer. And, now, all these years later, I am still driving a Chevy. Our Tahoe is built tough and perhaps one of my most favorite vehicles to have driven to date.

Well, I take that back, my dad had a 1974 GMC Shortbed Pick-up back when I was 16 that was incredibly fun to drive… when I was allowed to. And, I also used to cruise around town with my cousin in his 1974 Chevy Nova. We had way too much fun in that car! But, as you can see, I have been driving around or cruising in style in Chevrolet models for years. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to attend a local Chevy test drive event at the State Fair of Texas there was no way I was staying home.

2013 Chevrolet Lineup

 

2013 Chevy Traverse

2013 Chevy Traverse

We do not get out to test drive new cars very often at all… so this was going to be a fun treat. After eating a few light snacks, we were escorted over to the driving course. A quick breathalyzer test, we all passed thankfully, we each picked a line and began our test drives. Being the logical parent I am, I began with the 2013 Chevy Traverse. After all, it sits up to 8 in the LS and LT models so it would be perfect for our family size.  Plus, it has more space available behind the 3rd row that any competitor (important when you have groceries, strollers, or luggage to tote around).

The exterior design was noticeably reshaped and actually appeared to be less bulky than before. Back inside, the there were so many great features to notice… my favorite being the dual climate control. Why yes… it is about the little things.

2013 Chevy Traverse

The Traverse was a smooth ride and beautifully designed crossover. I have wanted to drive one ever since they first came out and was thrilled to have the opportunity of the test drive.

2013 Chevy Volt

2013 Chevy Volt

The 2013 Chevy Volt was my husband’s absolute favorite car to drive all night. I would have to agree… it was an amazing vehicle. The option to choose between both gas and electric was a definite selling point. The on-board gas generator produces electricity so that, coupled with a full tank of gas, can actually travel for about 380 miles on a full charge. Wow! With today’s gas prices it is hard to not be tempted by that fact alone!

2013 Chevy Volt

My husband enjoyed the push-button start. A simple push of the power button with your foot on the brake started the Volt right up. It had almost no engine sound inside the car and was an incredibly smooth, lowing ride around the course. Even the bumps and turns were barely felt as we glided over. Again, this was easily a rise to the top in the “best drive of the night” category.

2013 Chevy Volt

2013 Chevy Cruze LTZ

2013 Chevy Cruze

The 2013 Chevy Cruze was the first time I took the wheel for the evening. I have not driven a car (we only own trucks) in a while, so it was  nice change. The seats were comfortable and the steering wheel had a nice, comfortable grip. I was excited to get behind the wheel. But, the first thing I noticed when I started up the car was the MyLink logo on the dashboard screen. Chevrolet MyLink allows you to pair your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with the MyLink system to use voice commands as you drive. It also creates a mobile touchscreen environment on the dashboard for effortless connection while driving. Love it!

2013 Chevy Cruze

I also could not help but try out the heated leather seats. Even on the short test-drive course I felt the warmth radiate across and down my back for an incredibly comfortable drive. Again, the car flowed gently over the bumps and turns and was a delight to drive. The 42 mpg on the Cruze Eco gives it a certain buying appeal as well. It was no doubt a strong contender for the best drive of the evening.

2013 Black Diamond Avalanche

2013 Black Diamond Avalanche

Climbing into the 2013 Black Diamond Avalanche, my husband and I both noticed the same thing: the backseat. Considering we typically have at least 3 kids with us at any given time, the back seat is an important consideration. The back seat of the Avalanche was actually quite comfortable and roomy. The girls would be able to sit comfortably with 3 car seats across the back.

2013 Black Diamond Avalanche

Not to mention, when necessary the back seat lays down, and the window comes out, so that you have 8.1 feet of cargo space in the bed of the truck. This is the largest trunk space in the industry, by the way. As far as trucks go, it drove smooth and was easy to handle.

2013 Chevy Tahoe

2013 Chevy Tahoe

Considering we currently own a 2002 Tahoe, I was curious to see the inside of the 2013 Chevy Tahoe. Considerably rounder and better designed aerodynamically on the outside, the full-size SUV gets better fuel economy than its competitors.

2013 Chevy Tahoe

The 9-passenger vehicle allowed room for all 5 kids plus their friends.  Not to mention, everyone would be able to ride in style and comfort with options such as a rear DVD Entertainment System. That would be perfect for road trips or an evening cruise. And the available heated seats would keep everyone comfortable for the drive. The 2013 model is most definitely fun to drive, pretty to look at, and delightful to drive. Even though I love my Tahoe, I do not think I would mind an upgrade!

2013 Chevy Camaro

Finally, no way was my husband going to let us walk away without first having driven a 2013 Chevy Camaro Convertible. Plus, the fact that the one available was yellow had no bearing on it… even if it IS his favorite color. Sadly, there was no hopes of opening it up on the driving course, but that did not mean it was not a great ride. The car had a powerful engine, yet a smooth idle. As a backseat passenger in this one, I can say I had plenty of legroom and the ride was quite enjoyable as the sun set on our day.

2013 Chevy Camaro

Overall, we had a terrific evening. It was delightful to be able to test drive each of the vehicles and I was pleased with how well everything worked out. We were able to drive all of the vehicles we were interested in, plus a few fun ones “just because we could.” The Camaro was one of those fun ones… but it could still actually be functional for our family. I think the hubby may have to wait a while on that one… but sounds like fun plan for the future!

Drive Out Breast Cancer

This Saturday, October 6th, visit your local Chevrolet dealer for a test drive. For every test drive, up to $130,000, Chevy will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society. Contribute a little time and a great drive to help the fight against breast cancer by test driving a new Chevy vehicle.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the #ChevyAfterDark courtesy of Chevrolet for appetizers, drinks, and test drives. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.
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