Ergonomic Hits and Misses - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Ergonomic Hits and Misses

March 22, 2011

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Our Cruze has a lot of luxury features -- automatic headlights, automatic climate control, heated seats, navigation system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls. And using them is a mixed bag of no-brainer and head-scratcher.

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Hits:
Heated seats: No hunting around for them -- they're right there within the HVAC's large temp and fan knobs. As opposed to, say, somewhat hidden next to the seat cushion as on our Outlander Sport.

Steering wheel audio controls: I like that the mostly used preset/track and volume adjustments are two distinct controls -- the former a thumb wheel-like toggle switch and the latter a typical rocker switch.

Misses:
Navigation system: Looks like a touch screen but poke what look like virtual buttons and you'll find it isn't. It's similar to the one in our Buick Regal that James griped about in that you have to hunt and peck with various buttons to set a destination.

Headlights: Though this is a non-issue if you actually just leave the lights on the "auto" setting, the headlight control knob's marking is unreadable as it's a white hash mark that gets lost in the knob's shiny chrome trim ring.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 7,643 miles


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