Okay, this past week, I’ve gotten to test drive a base model Chevy Cruze. I have a picture of it next to my daughter’s Pontiac G6 for comparison.
The rides are comparable — zippy, tight handling, good pick up, smooth on the road, but has a lot of the symptoms of small economical cars — wind and road noise, stiff and bumpy ride. I’ve driven it in the wind (I do live in West Texas) and the profile helps in the wind. I’ve driven it in the rain and the car didn’t slip or slide. It is easy to park and easy on gas, both of which are nice. It is great for zipping around town and running errands. Blindspot is not too bad, but make sure those mirrors are where you want them.
While I am a Chevy Volt fan and can’t wait to drive one, this was a fun experiment and made handling errands and parking lots much easier than my Tahoe or Donna’s Acadia. I can see why they are selling a ton of these. Hate to give it up, but somebody else’s turn for a little zip on even less gas. Thanks to the Hanners and the COBA bunch doing the marketing research — it’s been a fun week!