2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Fun-Factor Feature
September 19, 2011
By now we all know the Chevy Cruze isn't exactly the greatest little car ever produced. It's held back by its noisy, turbo-laggy engine and crude automatic transmission, the last which sometimes shifts rather abruptly and other times gets utterly confused if it even wants to downshift at all, in the meantime hanging in limbo while it contemplates its next move. I've taken to calling it the Chevy Crude.
Then there's the interior, which both looks and feels cheap.
On the bright side, the Crude handles pretty well while delivering a decently comfortable ride. You can attack a corner with it and not be utterly disappointed.
And last night as I was about to make a U-turn into a gas station to fill up with fuel, I remembered this:
The Cruze has an actual handbrake, something that seems to be less and less common these days, what with the proliferation of electronic emergency brakes and foot brakes.
Plus, the Cruze's ESC system can be fully defeated, so if you want to, say, have a little fun with the e-brake in that U-turn, the car won't fight you. All in the name of testing, of course.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 26,682 miles.