2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: A Closer Look At the Driver Seat
December 29, 2010
I sat down in the driver seat of our long-term 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ for the first time last night. The first thing I noticed is the narrowness of the seat-bottom cushion. It's adequately wide for an average-size driver, but there's noticeably less real-world hiproom than in the Mazda 3 or Civic. That may not be good for Americans, I thought.
But then I noticed something really special about this driver seat.
It offers gobs of seat-track travel. Here's the seat all the way back on its track.
Chevrolet allows you to use all the available space, too. When the driver seat is all the way back, it's barely 3 inches from the front edge of the rear bench (yes, yes, lens flare galore, my apologies to all you dedicated holiday-week readers).
That's a nice touch in a compact car, as chances are good that owners will often be driving the Cruze around with no one in the backseat -- and in those situations, might as well let them take advantage of all the space.
I should also note that, at 5-foot-10, I set the Cruze's driver seat little more than midway back on its track. Compare that to any Mazda 3 or Mazdaspeed 3, where I have the seat nearly all the way back. Yes, indeed, the Cruze is friendly to tall drivers, especially those with long legs.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 3,982 miles