Did Anyone You Know Buy A Chevy Cruze Since It Came Out?28
Personally, I did (2LT in Silver Ice Metallic). And so did a fellow hockey player (1LT RS in Imperial Blue Metallic).
Other than that, zilch: no one else I know bought a Cruze. But I do get an occasional question or two in parking lots and car club meets. For example, just today a couple in a 2006 Ford F-250 diesel asked me whether it was the new Cruze I was driving. I proudly exclaimed “yes” and proceeded to give them a brief but thorough walk around.
Meanwhile, my dad bought a beautiful 2011 Traverse LTZ in White Diamond Tricoat which he plans to lug across country from Colorado to South Florida later this year. It’s a big car, he realized… and it’s one of a handful of Chevys that has cooled and heated seats for those hide-burning Florida summers.
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My next door neighbor got a blue 1LT and I see almost as many cruzes as 2011 elantras and fiestas(sedans instead of hatches for some reason) but a 2012 focus is pretty rare.
BTW I’m in LA, California
It was just about 2 months ago when I saw my first Cruze of the lot, passing by as I waited to turn, Crystal Red Metallic and looked like a LTZ, a few weeks after that the car’s number seems to have been multipling. Quite a beautiful car to look at. Oklahoma
My best buddy almost bought a Cruze, but he ended up getting an 07 G6 GTP. I actually recommended the G6 because it was fully loaded vs the Cruze which would have been a lower level one.
I have been seeing a lot more of them around where I live. And I know my parents are looking to buy a new fuel efficient car. I’m steering them towards the Cruze.
I also have a friend who is graduating from college this year, she is also looking for a new car. She told me she was looking at the Elantra, but I made her promise me she would look at the Focus and Cruze first. And I’m going to do everything I can to convince her to go with Cruze.lol
One of my friend bought a 2LT Cruze and he said he loves it and this is in the state of NM and I’ve seen a lot of people buying the Cruze than the other ones. I’ve only saw 2 new focuses so far and about the same with Elantra.
Nice! I have the 2LT as well. Great car, but I do wish it was more powerful and more tech-savvy – as referenced by my 2012 Cruze wish list.
I bought a 2LT Black Granite Cruze a few days ago (I sell Chevy’s actually) and couldn’t ask for more in a car. I see at least 3 or 4 on the road each day where I live (central PA). We are selling Cruze’s 5 to 1 against all of our other vehicles. The Cruze is a huge hit!
I did ……
Congrats! What color/trim?
I bought my Ice Blue Cruze ECO with the connectivity plus cruise package $525.00 extra for a leather wrapped steering wheel and leather trimmed shift lever, oh yea, with a USB receptacle. I took it back and had the dealer install the fog light kit and splash guards. eco’s don’t come with fog lights.
It’s a nice car but not likely to ever see 42 mpg. So in retrospect, A person needs (I didn’t) to ask ones self, what sort of driving do I do. How often do I get in a 300 miles to the next fill up situation? Would I be better off to purchase a extended fuel range type vehicle? If you live in a metropolitan area where the average commute speeds are under 50 mph, maybe one of those expensive electric cars would be a better idea. And keep the fancy gas guzzler in the garage. I sold mine 🙁 a 5.2 ci Dakota 4×4)
Yeah, you’re right one that one! You could’ve also looked at a Volt — especially with the $350/month lease!
Just to put some salt on your wound, my non-ECO gets a ~400 mile range with mostly city and some highway driving.
PS: did you get the stick or the auto?
My eco is a 6 spd. I’m 70 and really didn’t want to spend 40-k for a 40 mile per charge car. The Volt is nice but to rich for me. I believe in a couple of years there will be more ev options than the leaf. By the time you’re 70 cars will be running on solar or water 🙂
For $20,000 bucks you can buy a darn nice model A or any other vintage vehicle.
Just wondered, how do i get my photo in the top left box?
Yeah, I see your pont about the Volt. But having driven one, I have to say it’s such a cool car. It’s almost surreal in the way its propelled. And it would be perfect for my commute — since I drive 8 miles in the morning and 15 miles in the evening. Plug it in at home — and not use a single drop of gas unless I go out of town or on a long road trip. Plus, the Volt is like a more luxurious Cruze (being based on the Cruze chassis). It’s heavier and feels more planted and immovable — like a tank (in a good way). 🙂
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And that my friend has the black exterior with tinted windows already before he bought the car. But I think he traded his Lincoln MKZ to a Cruze.
Saw a Cruze RS today, it was nice.
I haven’t really seen any out in Missouri, but I’d like to get one for myself. I was reading at the Johnny Londoff Chevrolet blog about how it gets such great fuel efficiency, plus it looks sporty; ever since then I’ve wanted one.
Just bought a cruze 1lt with driver convenience, connectivity and rs package. Imperial blue/silver interior. Best car I have owned. Test drove the latest from all makes first and landed on cruze because it was far superior. Just drove to the beach last weekend and averaged 39.6 mpg and it was not the Eco model.
Congrats man! One of my buddies has the 1LT RS with the Imperial Blue. Great-looking and handling compact — and looks like you will have a very unique color, since it was discontinued for the 2012 model year.
How do you find the power? I think that’s the only weak point of the Cruze, if there ever was one.
On my trip to the beach I found the power more than adequet. Getting on and off the highway was met with a pleasant and linear pull from the engine. Refined and smooth as well. Passing power has been more than adequet over 2000 rpm. I can’t even tell you how smooth this car is. I hear from people not getting the fuel economies that they should be and all I can say to them is “take your foot out of it”. The Cruze is a middle of the pack performer that exceeds in fuel economy and is a cut above in quality. One problem? Fix my center arm rest so it don’t slip back.
You’re getting that armrest issue too, huh? So am I.
It’s not bad on the highway, when I just stay in one place and don’t really move around much… But it’s noticeably worse in the city. Now, if it were a stick, I wouldn’t mind at all… But since mine is an auto that doesn’t require constant movement, it’s more noticeable.
Ironically, they will fix the arm rear detent for 2012s and offer the stick in the 1LT and 2LT trim level, which has me considering trading mine in for a 2012 manual.
You will take such a huge hit on a trade thought is the only problem. In the city I find that if I move the gear lever over to manual mode (something I despise) and force the tranny into 6th gear when appropriate I notice better mileage. Also pay close attention to miles driven over gas used. I find the board computer is not as competent as my Saturn astra was. Either way the car is impressive. Glad I got the rs package. Short of being an ltz or even a 2lt it’s got a lot of the equipment of the higher levels at a price I could swallow.
Yeah, the depreciation is an issue. But mine is a lease… So I only need to worry about payoff as it relates to current depreciation. We’ll see when I do the numbers.
You’re an ex Astra owner, huh? I came so close to buying a red 3-door XR with the 5-speed right before the Cruze… But someone got to it minutes before I did. 🙁
Also hope that they allow for a fix on the arm rest issue for the 2011s. With all the quality measures taken with this car it is unfathomable to me that this problem was unnoticed throughout the design and engineering process.
I hope so too. But I don’t think it will happen unless there are massive complaints. At this point, you’re only the second person to have noticed it.
Do you notice the windshield reflection of the gauge cluster and center stack display at night? I didn’t notice either of those until a fellow Cruze owner pointed them out – and I pointed out the armrest issue.
The astra was one of the best driving (cornering) vehicles I had driven. Horrible power but steering feel and feedback was tops. Quick ratio steering provided for great fun on the swtchback roads of the country. I have noticed the reflection at night however, the astra was similar so it does not bother me much. I hope they do offer a fix for the arm rest. I have found that I have to sit a certain way just so I don’t slide back. It’s all good though because I have a USB port so as long as I have my tunes I’m good!
I know exactly what you mean about the Astra’s power. I actually drove it for a good month until they bought it out from under me. The 1.8, even with the 5-speed manual, was anemic. Ironically, it’s the same 1.8 as in the Cruze LS…
I’ve learned to keep both hands on the wheel on my Cruze — so the armrest isn’t that big a deal for me anymore. But I would like to see GM offer a fix… because not everyone keeps their hands on the wheel at all times 🙂
Bought 2011 Eco and love it so far. Had a 2006 Accord (still do) that is a great car but want to get a more fuel eff.car. Have not owned a GM for 20 years (all honda) but i am so impressed with this car.Hope it holds up like my honda.if it does i will be buying more Gm in the future.
Congrats Bill! What color is your Eco and is it a stick or an auto?
My non-ECO Cruze (when I had it) got 48 MPG on the highway, with cruise set to 65. It was awesome!
And I love the looks, handling, interior, and tech in the Cruze! The steering wheel is still my favorite wheel, even compared to those made by BMW and Audi.