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A few weeks back Eddy, I and family had the wonderful opportunity to get hands on experience on the Chevy Cruze LTZ for a weekend road trip.
Cruze LTZ is the uplevel compact sedan that could easily be mistaken for a car in a much higher price bracket. In addition to the ECOTEC® 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission, LTZ has 18”, five-spoke alloy wheels, chrome door handles, automatic climate control and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist. Additional LTZ conveniences include foglamps, Keyless Access with Push Button Start and Remote vehicle starter system that starts at $23,190.
For full details go to http://www.chevrolet.com/cruze-compact-car.html but our thoughts below.
I was a
little very skeptical before we even got the car. I have never owned an American made car but was not the biggest fans of American made cars because of fuel efficiency concerns but I can honestly say I was shocked by the Chevy Cruze LTZ.
Interior: The interior was REALLY nice! All leather and very spacious up comfortably fitting two adults and two kids in large car seats (but definitely no one else) in this stylish sedan.
Performance: I drive a mid-size SUV so I thought the trip to Pennsylvania would be bumpy but was pleasantly surprised with the smooth ride!
Technology: Keyless remote technology, GPS system and Sirius XM!!!! Yes, please!!!!
Fuel Efficiency: We had the car for four days. Did errands around town and drove all the way to Hershey, PA from Stratford, CT and back and only filled up twice! This blew me away! No, this car is not a hybrid and it took regular gas. Was so blown away with the fuel efficiency that this American-car cynic is considering a Chevy for Eddy’s next car especially with the Total Confidence Pricing which simply put is the price you pay on a Chevy without the haggle or negotiation. AND Love It or Return It Guarantee that give you up to 60 days to return your 2012 or 2012 Chevy if you are not happy with it campaigns. See Chevrolet.com for full details.
Interior: As the driver for our trip, I found that the interior was pretty comfortable. The leather seats were comfortable, and most of the buttons and controls appeared to be finely constructed and functional. My only issue was that the controls for the touch screen for the radio and GPS required me to reach out a bit more than I wanted. In addition, while I was comfortable in the seat were I a bit taller I feel like my head would be scraping the roof.
Performance: We can all agree that this isn’t a race car, with that said, I had no issue driving and accelerating in the manor that I was accustomed to even in more powerful cars (not to say that I am a speed demon or anything). In my opinion, it had the right amount of power.
Technology: The GPS, Temperature and Audi o were all controlled by the central touch screen panel. While we were a bit unfamiliar with how it worked, the controls were intuitive enough fo us to catch on very quickly. In addition, the driver panel (where the speedometer is) contained a small screen that relayed driving directions and radio station making it easier to keep your eye on the road. The car did not have a rear camera but did have a reversing sensor which let us know when we came too close to an object.
In addition, my favorite tech feature had to be the OnStar App. While we did not get to try it out on the trip, the app allows you to have some control of the car from any distance (even across the world). The app allows, as long as you have an active subscription, to unlock/lock doors, remote start up and check on the various car metrics right from your phone or tablet. This one feature had me at hello as I am constantly worried that I left the car unlocked, especially on long trips.
Fuel Efficiency: This is where we have a real winner. With almost 500 miles on a full tank you can do a whole lot of driving without putting a hole in your wallet…amen to that!
Overall, I was really pleased with the experience, going from my regular car to this one I could really sense how technology has really come in the past 8 years. Now even at lower prices you don’t have sacrifice the comfort and technology that was exclusive to luxury brands.
Disclosure: We received a Chevy Cruze LTZ loaner for four days thanks to MomTrends and GM to facilitate our review. As always our post is our unbiased opinions.