Spare Tire vs Tire Repair Kit - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Spare Tire vs Tire Repair Kit

May 17, 2011

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I wrote an article on spare tires recently, and the research I did for it made me more aware of the spare tires -- or the lack thereof-- in cars today. Our long term Chevrolet Cruze came with this temporary spare. But it's not a standard feature. All Cruzes come with a tire repair kit, unless you opt for the $100 temporary spare (as we did).

We are going to start seeing more of this in the coming years, as automakers seek ways to reduce weight in vehicles. Over the past two years, there has been an increase of 30 vehicles that come standard with tire repair kits. Both the spare and the tire repair kits have their pros and cons, but if it was my car, I'd want the temporary spare.

Would you pay the extra $100 to get a spare? Would you mind using an inflator kit? Or would you just call roadside assistance?

-Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 10,014 miles

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