A Closer Look At the Driver Seat - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: A Closer Look At the Driver Seat

December 29, 2010

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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.

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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).

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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


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