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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cruising in a diesel? ~ The Chevrolet Cruze

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Red Hot Cruze.

As blogger, not only do I get sent things to review, I also get opportunities to go places and do things. Test driving a car is pretty cool and, when offered, I jumped at the chance! Chevrolet Canada works with bloggers and I was given the choice of two of their 2015 vehicles. I chose the Chevrolet Cruze diesel because I wanted to see how it felt to drive and this compact sedan is similar to what we own.

Our cars

Let's talk quickly about the cars I normally drive so you can get an idea of where I'm coming from. Our main, family car is a 2011 Subara WRX. It's made to be driven and has a lot of power. It's a nice car. Our second car until recently is a 1990 Mazda Miata which has been stripped down so J can race it. It's a spunky little car but it isn't a comfortable, cushy drive.

More recently we've added a Toyota Yaris to our fleet (yes, I'm calling it a fleet). We've owned a Yaris before and like it. It's a small car, but still fun to drive. Of all the cars I've driven, it's the best shifter. This particular Yaris smells like wet dog so it gets a thumbs down from me, for now.

Our 4th car (see? Fleet.) is an old Mazda 323 that is no longer road-worthy. J bought it last winter and used it for ice racing. It's ugly, banged up, and half broken. We used it as a second car last winter before it broke, and it's good at getting from point A to point B, but it is in no way anything special.

So basically I'm used to driving cars not minivans or SUVs and I'm used to manual transmission. When I drive an automatic I feel like I'm dreaming.

The Chevrolet Cruze diesel

Now, the Cruze! Well, this beauty was a sparkly new 2015 and like I mentioned, had a diesel engine. From what I know, diesels can go a long way on one tank of gas, so after I picked up the rental, I drove it 2 hours to the cottage. And after that we went to Toronto, North of Toronto, and back home again. We put somewhere around 10000 km on it. That was enough driving to give us a pretty good feel for the car.

Overview: We liked the car, happy with the mileage we were able to get, and a lot of the features (Satellite radio and the reverse camera being the main ones we used). It was big enough for our needs (2 adults and 2 kids in carseats, travelling for a week). I would have LOVED to try a manual.

My review 

The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan. We had both kid's carseats in the back and everyone was comfortable. I'm not sure there would have been enough room for the driver (I'm 5'7" and J is 6') if the carseats were rear-facing (which is why we sold our original Yaris actually), but for our purposes it was fine. We filled up the trunk with cottage gear for a week and wedding stuff and still had enough room.

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Big enough back seat.

It's a comfortable car and comes with lots of cool features like 4G LTE with WiFi, Chevrolet MyLink, and the reverse camera. People go a little crazy over OnStar but we didn't use it.

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Good tunes!

I liked driving the Cruze and I see a lot of them on the road so it's obviously a popular choice. I would have really liked to drive the manual transmission so I could really drive, but for a family car this would be perfect for us.

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The Cruze.

It reminded me of my first car, a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina, that I called Lumi. I loved that car and I was able to see the difference in quality that Chevrolet is putting into its cars now. The Cruze was comfy and roomy and pretty flashy. I'm glad I got to drive it around for a week.

Disclaimer: I was able to test drive the Chevrolet Cruze for a week and only had to put gas in it. Diesel actually.

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