This car runs just like “yesterday’s” good 6-cylinders ran. The turbo has almost no lag, and the car’s 6-speed transmission seems to always have you in the proper gear….either for immediate acceleration…or maximum economy when just loafing down the interstate.
I got an indicated 31.5 mpg, but could have done a lot better if it just didn’t feel so good winding out this little engine. And actually, for a little engine, the Cruze’s 1.4 sounds good, too! It’s actually rated at 36 highway mpg…and should easily get that if you can keep it under 75 or so.
Inside the top-of-the-line Cruze LTZ had leather, heated seats, Sirrus with on-star, and an attractive fabric and vinyl dash. Plenty of room for 4 or 5…depending upon how far you’re going. Big trunk, too. While considered a compact, the Cruze and it’s competitors all wear big-boy pants now…and can easily accommodate the needs of the average family.
Outside the LTZ has alloys and big, meaty tires.
Even with the rather large tires, the Cruze is noticeably quieter than many of it’s competitors. This is an ideal vehicle for a long interstate road-trip.
Coming in almost right at $25,000, the 2012 Chevy Cruze LTZ delivers a lot of what today’s buyer is looking for…at a reasonable price.
What do you think? Is Chevy on-target with it’s new Cruze?