The 2011 Chevy Cruze LT – the latest “Richard’s Ride” – is a pivotal car for General Motors. For years, the American auto companies were drunk on SUV love, pulling money in left and right from SUV sales. So, when you consider a small car’s thin profit margin, it wasn’t too exciting for GM, Ford and Chrysler.
The fact that Toyotaand Honda – among others – were not selling the small car buyer short at all wasn’t enough to motivate the American makers to build a car that competed with the Corolla and the Civic.
But, these days, theDetroitthree have sobered up – with help from rising gas prices and the demise of big SUV interest among buyers.
Enter the Cruze – a REAL compact car that competes with the usual suspects. It’s a very solid car with a lot of features and pep. A turbocharged engine gave me a boost of power when I needed it (ample power in fact; and that’s saying a lot from a guy who usually drives a V-6).
The features were great too – including the Bluetooth syncing capability that basically connects your cell phone with the car – giving you hands free flexibility when you talk and drive.
Bottom line: If you’re shopping for a compact car, drive the Chevy Cruze before you make a decision!