Make the Rough Places Smooth - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Make the Rough Places Smooth

March 24, 2011

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When the freeways are clogged with traffic between Edmunds HQ and home, I sometimes take surface streets all the way. Swapping stories of the best routes is a kind of hobby here.

I've been trying out a west-east leg that is, let's say, picturesque. Recent route highlights were a gentleman engaged in some broad-daylight, open-air micturation, a tricked-out, curb-jumped Pontiac hemmed in by a police cruiser and a sheriff's copter making lazy circles over a housing project. I didn't hang around to see what that was all about.

And then there's the road itself: small potholes, gaping potholes, railroad tracks, washboard blacktop -- a veritable smorgasbord for your suspension.

The Cruze handled it all with aplomb, although I did steer around hazards of Mariana Trench proportions. Our review of the Cruze says that the LTZ's sport suspension is firmer than in base models, "but not anything approaching jolting." My impression was that it did an excellent job smoothing a rough ride without canceling out the driver's sense of the road.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 7,777 (lucky) miles


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