When we first arrived we picked up our rental car, an Oldsmobile Achieva. Not
a bad car, but it didn't have any air conditioning, which is pretty useful when
it comes to the warmer weather. This kept us going for the two weks or so while
we waited for the Malibus.
When all the paperwork was complete we got our cars that we'd ordered while
we were still in Scotland. The Chevrolet Malibu has received some praise in
the US automobile press and looked to be a fair buy. Most of all I'd always
wanted to drive a Chevy! We went for a pair of LS models, as it had most of
the features we wanted (a/c, auto, etc.). The only options we added were leather
and a CD player. The two cars are identical except for the color. They've proved
to be very decent cars, quiet, roomy and with enough power to pull out into
smaller gaps without upsetting anyone. Not bad at all, and at about $18k a reasonable
price. Let's see anyone get a similar car in the UK for around 11kGBP!
Although it's only 9 months since we got the Malibus, it's fun looking at
what else is available. We both quite fancy the Chevy Suburban, probably the
biggest production car available in the world. It is absolutely massive, and
allows 9 passengers and a good load of luggage, combined in a 4x4 body style.
On a smaller scale, the new Dodge Durango, another 4x4, or sport utility. It
looks big and chunky, and is quite striking in an electric blue metallic paint