Thanks to the man of the house, I am finally in a new car! Well, new to me. Like new. It was a one owner lease with low mileage. A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. I've been in it a little over three weeks now, and I'm loving it!
The first thing that struck me about it when I got in it to test drive it, was the ample leg, head and shoulder room in the vehicle. I've never seen so much in a car this size before. The leather interior was an upgrade I've never had before. The instrumentation, radio and environment controls are smartly laid out for user friendliness and appearance. That with the leather seats, gives you the impression you are in an automobile twice it's value.
I was also immediately impressed with the smoothness of the ride and the low level of road noise in the car, again mimicking a much pricier ride.
So how has it been driving it on my 67 mile round trip each day? Amazing! I was the owner of a 1979 Mustang with the 302 and a 4-speed that was only offered in a relative few of them. (Jay Leno has one in his collection, but my was way sharper looking.) That Mustang won rave reviews for how responsive it was and in fact it's responsiveness probably saved my life on a couple of occasions. This Cruze compares well with it in that area. Another feature of the '79 Mustang that won raves and that I had loved so well, was that you could run it in 3rd gear at highway speeds and the torque would have you feeling glued to the road in conditions like rain where you were likely to loose the "feel" of the road. This Cruze has a feature that compares well to that, the driver can turn off or on at the push of the button.
The the heated front seats and the fact that the passenger seat can fully recline will mean a lot if and when I have to take hubby on long trips to see a doctor or have a test. And may make it easier for him to be able to join us all in family outings. The overall comfort of the car is more than I've had since the Olds Ninety-eight I drove 15 years ago.
The Premium Pioneer sound system in the car sounds as good to my ears as anything aftermarket that my son has put in any of his numerous vehicles or ours. And it comes ready to take a USB device, so I have all my favs at my fingertips.
The little 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine delivers more than enough umph for passing and merging into traffic. And I'm impressed and happy with it's gas mileage. I'm getting 32.5 to 33mpg on average. Which I feel is exceptional since I have to go through three to six school zones, two small towns and then often encounter heavy traffic moving at a snails pace when I get in close to work. In the truck I drove for a long time it took almost 4 gallons to get me there and back. In my DIL's little car it took almost 3 gallons. In this car it take me just a tad over 2. You don't know how good it feels to be able to fill up and not worry about gas for over a week! Yippee!!
You have the option to shift the automatic transmission like a 4-speed if you so desire, for hilly terrain or just for fun. It has other little touches for comfort, like remote start, light sensitive rear view mirror, the sun visor slides along the rod for optimum sun blockage, and it is blue tooth ready for hands free phone usage.
To surmise, I am loving my "new" car.