Camping in the Trunk - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Camping in the Trunk

November 29, 2010


On the day after Thanksgiving, our 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and I braved the mall to pick up a very special gift for a very special girl.

The box needed to come from the stock room, and the saleswoman said it was big and weighed 50 pounds. (I could say it contained a doll camper, but you wouldn't believe me, and it sounds ridiculous even as I type the words myself.)

Anyway, she said the stockboy would be out in a minute to discuss the pickup.

"I hear you bought Lanie's camper," he said on the approach. "What kinda car do you have? Hope it's a truck or SUV."

"No," I said. "I have a Chevy Cruze. And the rear seats fold down."

"Hope it's bigger than a Mercedes C-Class," he said. "Won't fit in one of those. Haven't tried the Chevy yet," he said shrugging.

"I'm feeling lucky," I said.

"Drive it 'round back," he responded, shrugging again. "We'll give it a go."

The heavy brown box tucked neatly into the Cruze's 15.4-cubic-foot trunk.

Only then did I fully realize that I had just bought a camper for a doll.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 2,763 miles

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