Family Reunion - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Family Reunion

April 11, 2011

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Early Friday, I drove our Cruze to Hollywood Park's huge lot to check out GM's Main Street in Motion. The free three-day test-drive event is making 18 stops around the country between now and the fall, and it's worth checking out. This weekend, it's setting up in Phoenix, at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Cruze is among 70 cars that you'll find spruced up, gassed up and ready to drive, without any pressure to buy. It's not all GM vehicles, by the way. In addition to GM, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles (including the Camaro, Corvette and Volt), there are representative competitor cars to check out from such manufacturers as Acura, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota.

Even though the crowd was light on Friday, there was almost always a short line to drive the Cruze. That could be because of high consumer interest in car or because the event's rules require that you drive a Cruze before you drive a Volt.

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Either way, if you go to a Main Street event, you'll find a clutch of Cruzes in various trims and colors. I have to say that although our car's Summit White paint job is nice, the Cruze looks even better in Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat. Of course, that shade will cost you an extra $325.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @8,560 miles

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