I’ve been calling it the boutique-mobile, as Chevrolet’s Cruze renders upscale offerings in an affordable small car packaging. A roomy, spacious vehicle, I recently cruised in the Cruze to see what the hype was all about.
I found the Cruze to be comfortable for its size; with high-quality interior, great performance and a smooth ride. It was perfect for city sleeking; parallel parking on the metered streets of Washington, DC, getting into parking garages and maneuvering through the busy downtown traffic. It simply coasted on the highway and was a dream in less-hectic suburb setting.
The Cruze was excellent on gas! It gets 25 miles-per-gallon in the city and an impressive 36 mpg on the highway. The Cruze also has a fuel-efficient option, the Eco trim. The Eco model costs about $2,000 more than the base model. My model wasn’t the Eco trim, but consumer reports say test drivers say the $2,000 price jump is a good deal because they got higher averages than what the EPA recorded.
For safety purposes, the federal government gives the Cruze strong marks. The Cruze, which comes with 10 standard airbags, landed the highest overall rating of five out of five stars. In subcategories, the Cruze gets five stars in front and side crash tests and a four-star rollover rating. Electronic stability control, traction control, a tire pressure monitor and anti-lock brakes are also standard.
The Cruze has lots of cargo space. It’s spacious trunk was suitable for countless grocery bags, as well as three large pieces of luggage. For backseat passengers, there’s ample leg room and enough room for three average sized passengers.
Spin Control: Chevy’s Cruze is perfect for its price. You really get everything you pay for and more. Ideal for any consumer! List priced at an affordable $16,800, this car is worth every penny.
Industry Status: Grade A