2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Like The Trunk
December 15, 2010
"I hope you've got a big trunk ... because I'm puttin' my bike in it."Andy Stitzer, Steve Carell's character, in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
I haven't put a bike in the Cruze's trunk, but I've loaded up a bunch of reusable grocery bags and some luggage recently and come away impressed. If you go by official capacity, the Cruze fares quite well against the competition with 15.4 cubic feet of space. Most of the usual suspects in the small car segment, such as the Civic, Corolla and Mazda 3, are right around 12 cubic feet.
Beyond just capacity, though, I happen to like the flat-sided style of the Cruze's trunk that enhances utility. It's annoying to come across a vehicle that has a high luggage capacity on paper only to find that the number's inflated by various nooks or crannies that aren't really usable for loading luggage.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor