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2018-6-18 | Chevy New Roads Magazine

Engineer. Musician. Super Dad.

Mike Lucey is all about the details.

Like most dads, Mike Lucey would do anything for his kids. Whether it’s electrical work on their houses or other handy to-dos, Steven, 30, Justin, 28, and Melissa, 26, know their dad can always be counted on.

 

But last July, Mike went above and beyond the normal call-of-dad-duty when Justin’s fiancée, Mara, pregnant with Mike’s grandson, was in a terrible car accident. Mara was pulling into a friend’s driveway when another car sped over a blind knoll on the adjoining country road and hit the front end of her vehicle, spinning it 180 degrees. The other car then rolled over before landing upside down in a ditch.

 

“It was horrifying,” Lucey says. Fortunately, Mara and the baby were all right, but the crash left her car totaled. That’s when Lucey stepped in. Knowing how important it is for a young, new family to have a dependable vehicle, and wanting to alleviate as much stress as possible, Lucey and his wife, Kathleen, gifted the couple their 2010 Chevrolet Malibu.

 

“I loved my Malibu, but it was the right thing to do and a good upgrade for her,” Lucey says. “My wife said that we could afford a new car payment more than they can. It was fun to be able to do it.”

A vehicle for both sides of the brain

Mike Lucey is an engineer by day and a musician by night. The Malibu offers a similar balance of artistry and technology, with striking style and efficiency.

The only problem with passing on his beloved Malibu was that Lucey had no idea what he wanted to replace it with. So he set out on a long, involved car-shopping process that had him looking at new cars, pre-owned cars, SUVs, sedans, and more. A few days into his search, he went to visit his local Chevrolet dealership. After checking out a few models, he was rounding a corner when “these gorgeous wheels” caught his eye.
 
“I knew immediately,” he says. “I’m done. This is it! Without even seeing the rest of the car or looking at the inside. It’s silly, but I knew.” Those gorgeous wheels belonged to a new 2017 Malibu, with a Summit White body and available 18-inch aluminum wheels. “The Chevy folks really figured it out with this combination,” Lucey says. “The big, beautiful blacked-out alloys and the white are a total wow.”


Lucey was also a fan of the Malibu’s sophisticated and sporty body lines. “I love the coupe look for a four-door sedan.”
 
He soon realized that his new Malibu offered a lot more than just the striking style that had won him over at first sight, including its EPA-estimated 36 MPG on the highway.
 
“I drove home from the dealer, which is about 25 minutes from my house,” he explains. “When I pulled into my driveway, I checked the mileage and I thought, ‘Holy cow!’”
 
As an engineer (and a self-​described “geek”), Lucey’s appreciation of such technical details runs deep. “The engine stop/start technology is just incredible,” he says. “It is so smooth and instantaneous. It’s such a cool technology. Kudos to the software guys who wrote the algorithm for that.”

A few days into his search, he went to visit his local
Chevrolet dealership. He was rounding a corner when
“these gorgeous wheels” caught his eye.
“I knew immediately,” he says. “This is it!”

The Chevrolet Malibu doesn’t compromise

The Malibu strikes the perfect balance, merging dramatic style with Chevy’s latest technology, and remarkable efficiency with impressive acceleration.

Lucey pairs his phone to the Malibu using Android Auto™ compatibility and plays some of his favorite tunes, a library that runs the gamut from country to pop—the same music he plays as a part-time singer and acoustic guitar player. In his younger days Lucey played in bands, and in recent years he’s found his way back to this passion, frequently performing in and around his hometown of Corning, N.Y. His Malibu’s “huge” trunk is perfect for hauling gear to and from his shows, he says, and when he has to venture out of town for gigs, he always chooses his Malibu over his wife’s larger SUV because he can’t get over the Malibu’s accommodating space and fantastic gas mileage.

 

And sitting in the front row at many of those shows? His 3-month-old grandson, Kane, who made it through that accident with his mother before he was even born, his eyes now big and bright while he bounces up and down to his grandfather’s music.

 

“I’ve been a Chevy fan over the years and have always appreciated its engineering,” Lucey says. “To see where the brand has gone now, with such attention to detail on both the interior and the exterior look and feel of the car—the whole is much more than the sum of the pieces. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

 

STORY: LESLIE YOUNGBLOOD/PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTIAN KOZOWYK

The Details Matter

1.5L

TURBOCHARGED
4-CYLINDER
ENGINE

TURBO-CHARGED
4-CYLINDER
ENGINE

163

HORSEPOWER

184 LB.-FT.

OF TORQUE

*The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • EPA-estimated MPG 27 city/36 highway with 1.5L Turbo engine.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher and data plan rates apply. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.

  • Based on initial vehicle movement. With available 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and Z51 Performance Package.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • With 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Based on GM Large SUV segment and EPA-estimated MPG highway: 23 (2WD), 22 (4WD).

  • EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Sonic with 1.8L engine and 5-speed manual transmission 26/35; with 1.8L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission 25/34; with 1.4L engine and 6-speed manual transmission 28/37; with 1.4L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission 27/35.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain and driving technique.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle’s performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to my.chevrolet.com/learn/tires or see your dealer.

  • Dependability based on longevity: 1987 – July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

  • Dependability based on longevity: 1987–July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution

  • EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission

  • EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/38 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.

  • EPA estimated with 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA estimated with 3.6L V6 engine

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay, Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks for Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • EPA estimate for Sonic with available 6-speed automatic transmission.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • Connected Services include navigation services and Remote Access Plan, and 1 month/3 GB of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first) from vehicle delivery date. Services are subject to User Terms and limitations. Certain services require working electrical system, cell service and GPS signals. OnStar links to emergency services. Visit onstar.com for more details.

  • Model year 2018 and newer vehicles include: 1 month of OnStar Safety & Security Plan and 1 month of Chevrolet Connected Services which include navigation services, Remote Access Plan and 1 month or 3 gigabytes of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first) from vehicle delivery date. Services are subject to user terms and limitations. Visit onstar.com for more details. Data plans offered by AT&T. Availability subject to change.

  • Connected Services include navigation services and Remote Access Plan, and 1 month/3 GB of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first) from vehicle delivery date. Data plan offered by AT&T. Services subject to user terms and limitations. Certain services require working electrical system, cell service, and GPS signal. OnStar links to emergency services.  Visit onstar.com for more details.

  • If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Sirius, XM, SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

  • With second row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.

  • Read your vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Read your vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Sedan with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and transmission.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • If you decide to continue service after your trial, your selected subscription plan will automatically renew thereafter. You will be charged at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change. ©2018 Sirius XM Radio Inc. All rights reserved.

  • EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Sedan with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine.

  • EPA-estimated 37 MPG highway for Cruze Premier Hatchback.

  • Cargo space for Cruze Hatch with rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain and driving technique.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range will vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain and driving conditions.

  • Read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • EPA-estimated 1.5L engine 29 MPG city/36 highway.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for vehicle and smartphone compatibility.

  • Available late 2018.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Requires available Performance Exhaust or Z51 Performance Package.

  • Requires available Performance Exhaust or Z51 Performance Package.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • EPA-estimated 28 City/39 Hwy MPG

  • With second row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • Read the vehicles Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Does not detect people or items. Always check rear seat before exiting.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android, Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Receive 1 month or 3 GB of 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot data (whichever comes first). Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active connected service. See onstar.com for details and limitations.

  • Premier shown seats seven. Standard on L, LS. Available on LT.

  • EPA-estimated 18 MPG city/ 27 MPG highway 3.6FWD.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 18 MPG city/ 27 MPG highway 3.6FWD.

  • Read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for details.

  • EPA-estimated 25 MPG city/31 highway (FWD models).

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • With 5.3L EcoTec 3 engine. EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Suburban 2WD 15/22, 4WD14/21.

  • Based on GM Large SUV segment. With 5.3L EcoTec 3 engine. EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Tahoe 2WD 15/22, 4WD 15/21.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Read the vehicles Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Colorado 2WD with available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner's Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 308 horsepower with available 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner's Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 308 horsepower with standard 3.6L V6 engine.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

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