2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test


2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Seat Squab

June 22, 2011

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Whenever I take a seat in the Chevy Cruze, the phrase “seat squab” comes to mind.

I don’t really know why this is so except maybe this slimmed down seat, so carefully minimized in shape and size to enhance a sense of spaciousness in a very small car, reminds me of a perch in a bird cage.

Actually seat design is a pretty complex business, as well it might be since the seat really is your primary interface with a vehicle. You can read all about it .

Mostly the engineering reminds me that I like seats that are minimalist, the kind that hold you only where you need to be held. And this, it turns out, is the primary difference between the Cruze seat and the seat in a comparably priced utility vehicle, like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

When you're deciding between two vehicles like this, you might consider the fact that you have to sit in the thing. Lots of people just buy a car from the outside, but it's better to buy it from the inside.

Small car, small seat. (By the way, “squab” defines an overstuffed cushion, and it is technically the part of the seat that supports your lower back.)

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,805 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze in VA is:

$137 per month*
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