I've put 14000kms on this car in less than 6 months, and I really enjoy it.
My previous 04 Grand Prix started falling apart on me at 250k, and I needed a fuel efficient replacement. The Cruze fit the bill perfectly.
Things I like about the car:
- If I drive very conservatively, I can get 45+mpg.
- It handles really well (the Eco has tuned suspension) without giving up too much road noise or rough ride.
- It has a decent amount of interior and cargo space.
- The engine is quiet, sometimes so quiet I can't even tell if it's running.
- Again, the fuel efficiency is amazing. Especially if you run 89 octane gas.
Things I don't like about the car:
- My biggest complaint is that I just can't seem to find a comfortable position for my legs while driving. I'm 6' 2", and no matter where I put the seat, my right knee is always hitting the inside of the center console or the underside of the dash. If I push back too far, I can hardly reach the wheel, and that hurts my back.
- The low rolling resistance tires are terrible for traction. I haven't really experienced snow with them yet either, but they are awful in the rain. Even on dry pavement, I tend to get tossed around quite a bit by the wind. They also seem to be wearing very quickly, and I will be changing them out to something with much better durability and traction.
- The Cruze Eco that I test drove before ordering mine was equipped with a tire pressure monitor. This gave it the advanced driver information display that showed instant and average MPG, kms to empty, tire pressure etc. The dealer did not inform me that not adding this option to my order would remove these things and I would be stuck with a basic odometer, average speed and kms to empty. They also wouldn't upgrade it after the fact. I was a little put off by this, the Cruze Eco is all about fuel economy, how am I going to know what my fuel economy is without that advanced display. I don't even know why they would sell them without it. I bought a $20 scan tool that tells me my instant mpg and that seems to work "okay".
Things you should know about the Cruze:
- The dealer never mentioned to me that the 1.4T Cruze's all use only full synthetic oil, so my first oil change was a bit of a surprise on the wallet. They also never mentioned that I should use 89+ octane gas only. 87 will run fine, but you will notice some lost power and fuel economy. This isn't a big deal, but it would have been nice to know.
- One of the "fuel saving" measures of the Eco is that it has a smaller gas tank. It actually does not, the tank is 15 gallons just like all other Cruze's, but the filler neck is designed to stop you at 12. If you feel like standing there and pumping the gas lever for 5 or 10 minutes you can get your tank completely filled. This allowed me to get 700kms out of one tank of gas.
All in all, the car has been great. I've had no problems other than the confusion from the dealership. If anything, the dealers should be more informed about their cars, but that's not any fault of the Cruze.