2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test


2011 Chevy Cruze: L.A. to Vegas and Back

November 23, 2010

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Okay, enough about the leaky trunk. Lets talk road trip.

I've driven our new long-term 2011 Chevy Cruze to Las Vegas and back and the news is good. This is an excellent road trip machine. Comfortable. Quiet. Roomy. And the word solid comes to mind. The Cruze feels solid.

After nearly 600 miles of highway travel, I would honestly never hesitate to hit the interstate (hey that rhymes) in this sedan. I enjoyed it that much.

But a little more power would be nice. Especially on those steep grades between Tinsel Town and Sin City. I had her floored more than I would have liked.

And that, of course, hurt my fuel economy. Well, that and a hardly broken in engine (I left L.A. with only 471 miles showing on the Cruze's odometer.) Anyway, I averaged 27.4 on the first tank. This included about 30 miles of city driving in Vegas. But on the way home I averaged 30.1 on the next tank, which also included about 30 miles of L.A. city driving and traffic.

Remember, the EPA rates the Cruze at 24 city and 36 hwy.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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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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