2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test


2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Seat-Height Adjustment Done Right

May 25, 2011

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It's easy to dwell on the fact that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze finished 3rd of three in our recent economy sedan comparison test. But both that Imperial Blue Cruze LTZ and our long-term Cruze do plenty of things right. For example, the two-way tilt for the driver seat-bottom cushion.

In most cars in this price range, all this power adjustment switch would do is raise you higher, progressively dumping you forward toward the pedals. But in the Cruze, you can fiddle with the front half of the switch to raise or lower the front part of the seat-bottom cushion, and then separately tweak the back part of the cushion with the rear half of the switch. Sounds like a small thing, but for me, it really improves comfort.

Even more suprising is that Chevy offers the same functionality for the front-passenger seat-bottom cushion -- all but unheard of in a U.S.-market small sedan.

Mind you, you have to use a couple of manual levers -- the front lever works the front half of the cushion, the rear one works the back half -- but the functionality is the same.

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Thoughtful touches such as this make me want to like the Cruze more than I do. If this car had a better drivetrain (different engine, different transmission calibration), I'd really be into it. It is so time to bring back an SS model.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,230 miles

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