One thing that I have continually loved about driving the Cruze is that I can fit everything I need in the car without it feeling stuffed or cramped at all. Usually I even have quite a bit of room to spare, which is especially good when shopping. You never know when you might think of something (or some THINGS) that you forgot to put on the list and suddenly your tiny trip turns into a bigger one. No worries, it all fits!
I also love it for transporting photo gear to sessions. Newborn sessions in particular have a lot of gear involved. I have a beanbag for posing, all of my normal camera gear and paperwork, PLUS a suitcase full of baby stuff. Blankets, props, diaper covers, etc. All of this takes up a lot of room. Enough that when I packed up the car to go to my last session, I first split up the items between the trunk and the back seat.
I decided to see if I could fit it all in the trunk when I packed up to go home after the session. And it all fit! With room to spare! I should have figured.
I am going to miss the Cruze so much! I have really loved our month together. It has been fabulous!
I worry about some pretty ridiculous stuff sometimes. I swear I do. But now that I’m trying to come up with more than one example of it, I’m failing to come up with anything. No one else is helping me either, despite texts to multiple people. Take my word for it, my brain supplies me with silly things to worry about.
Like my gas cap. When I put gas in my own car, I set the gas cap on the back bumper. I’ve always worried that one of these days, I’m going to forget and leave it there and drive off without it, losing it forever! It’s one of those things that goes a little like this: “If I left this sitting here and drove away, it would really suck! I hope I never do that! And OMG, how do you get a new gas cap anyway??” The fact that I worry about this every time I get gas is probably why it hasn’t happened yet. YET. But OMG what if it did?
I was thinking about this again yesterday when I stopped to get gas. But I wasn’t worried about it, because the gas cap on the Cruze is tethered to the car! Yay!
Driving at night…. it’s something people love. Or hate.
As the owner of a car, I sit pretty low to the ground. I also happen to live in Michigan, a state that spends a good chunk of the year buried in snow and ice. Lots of people around here have big trucks and SUVs, and their headlights always seem to glare in my mirrors. For me, driving at night can be a blinding experience.
I must admit, I’m very impressed with driving the Malibu at night. The rear-view mirror turns the headlights behind me a green color, so they don’t blind me at all. And I don’t know if it’s the positioning of the mirrors on the side of the car or what, but I don’t get the blinding effects from the side mirrors, either.
The dash lights up very well, and the headlights do as well. The path in front of me is lit up very well – but I haven’t had any other drivers flash their brights at me, so the light must not be too intense for other traffic.
I definitely give night driving in the Malibu a high-five! (and for the record, my nephew Caden, who is pictured in the video, well… he gives EVERYTHING about the Malibu a high-five. He loves that car!!! Especially the “new car smell,” the seat warmers, and the XM.)
It was no question that my family and my little sister’s family could all pack into the Chevy and ride to Kalamazoo together to visit my other sister.
My nephew Owen, 2 years old and my daughter, Madelyn, 15 months old, both sat in the first two back single seats and my brother inlaw and sister sat in the third row in the back. My husband and I were obviously in the front seat. Everyone had a very comfortable ride down to Kalamazoo. And of course, Owen and Madelyn were able to watch Elmo when they got cranky.
My sister and brother inlaw loved the Traverse. They thought it was roomy and “family feeling.” It was really nice not having to take two vehicles to Kalamazoo. Driving all together was much more fun and saved us money on gas since we were able to split it up.
I can’t believe driving the Traverse is coming to an end soon! We have to turn the cars back in on Monday and I am already dreading it! haha! I have been so spolied with the Traverse!
I’m fond of the Cruze cruise control controls (ha! love that!) because you can do everything right from the steering wheel. So once you get going, until you need to stop, you don’t need to use your feet at all! This is good both if you’re on a long, long, long drive, OR if you’re on a shorter long drive and are just feeling like not having to use your feet. I’m all about having the choice to be lazy. I might not always take it, but knowing that I have the option there is sometimes enough, all on its own!
I used it a ton when I was on my drive to the photography seminar. I also use it on a normal day when I’m just going to or from my grandma’s. Since the quickest way there is with a quick jaunt on the highway. Or, at least, it *was* until they started doing work on it again. Oh, Michigan! Stupid construction! I know it’s always nice when it’s done and things are all new but in the meantime, finding alternate routes is just kind of a pain in the behind. I wanna be able to drive without my feet sometimes!
In my last post, I wrote about the road trip I took to Frankenmuth with my friends Deni and Andy. In today’s post, I’ll fill you in on what we did next….
Birch Run is only about a seven minute drive from Frankenmuth, so we headed out there to go shopping at Prime Outlets. I don’t know exactly how many stores are there, but it’s probably in the hundreds. And there are lots of top names, such as Pottery Barn, Coach, North Face, and more. I wanted to go to the Gap, because the only jeans I have in my closet are Gap jeans. (I’m short – and the Long and Lean jeans make me look like I actually have legs. Ha!)
We ended up going to a few stores, and after that, we headed back on the road for the drive home. It’s only about 40 minutes, so it wasn’t too much of a haul, but it was long enough to test your comfort – especially for Andy who was stuck in the backseat. And that’s a 6’3″ guy – stuck in the backseat. Watch the video to see how he felt about that!
One of the best things about a new car is being able to grab your friends and go on a road trip! So, when I started driving the Malibu, that’s exactly what I did.
On this particular Saturday, I grabbed my friends Deni and Andy, and we headed out to Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth is Michigan’s #1 tourist spot, and it is actually a cute little town. It’s German-themed (known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria).
The first thing we did was head to Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store. Bronner’s is open all year, not just at the holidays. You can find any type of ornament your heart desires… and for any holiday. You’ll see on the video that we found ornaments for Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, so if you like the idea of having a tree up all year, this is your place to go!
Next, we headed over to Zehnder’s for some lunch. Zehnder’s is famous for their chicken dinners, which can be served family style. We ate in their cafe, though, as it was only lunch time. We also went shopping in their market area. I picked up some of their jams, handmade chocolates, and I also found an owl shaped cookie cutter.
The next stop on our road trip was Birch Run… but you’ll have to keep an eye out for the next post to see how that part of the trip went!