I dunno, my '12 Cruze has been more reliable than my '08 Civic Hybrid was a year in.
2013 Crystal Black Pearl Civic EX-L Sedan: K&N Drop In
4,000 Miles, Avg. MPG: 34 City; 45 Hiway; 87 E10; ECON On
2,000 Miles, Avg. MPG: 34 City; 45 Hiway; 93 E10; ECON On
1,500 Miles, Avg. MPG: 32 City; 44 Hiway; 87 E10; ECON On winter gas
I am out now. If I return before I get back, have me wait for me.
I cross shopped the Civic (and many others) before deciding on the Cruze. The '12 Civic was nice, but I preferred the '09-'11 body style. I was not able to locate an EX with a manual transmission without a ton of miles. I drive 20-25k per year, wanted a low mile used (or a great deal on new) at the time. I chose the Cruze for many reasons, although the primary was the turbo for "assistance" at our relatively high elevation along with killer MPG.
I still miss a moonroof though...
2012 Cruze ECO 6MT
Summit White/ Jet Black
Plugs @ .33
Fun family ride...
When I shopping for a new car last summer I looked at the base Civic and the base Cruze all with automatic transmission and air conditioning. The two tier red indicators was a instant turn off, but I was trying to be fair and drove the Civic. My comparisons were the Civic, Focus, Alantra, Mazda 3, Corolla and the Cruze. First off all I wanted was a quiet car inside, with as little road noise as I could get.
The Civic lost a lot because the base was a total plastic car inside and the road noise was rather annoying at 60 MPH and was as noisy as my old 1994 Plymouth Acclaim at 70 MPH, I also found it rather crude in driving as it wanted to instantly jump around on rutted roads. I never had it during any windy days but some of my co-workers have Civics and complained that they are a handful in wind. The other thing was the Honda dealer was really stuck to his price and added dealer markup stickers. The Chevy dealer did not have anything added on to the Cruze other then destination charge. I found out later that my Chevy Cruze LS had a ECO model rear spoiler put on in error and I was not charged for it and it has no code in the glove box about the added on spoiler.
The Cruze won out as the quietest of the group and almost as good as my Buick Park Avenue. Of course the Cruze does not ride as well as the Buick but it is also a thousand pounds lighter then the Buick and gets 6-10 MPG more on gas.
I hope the Cruze will be around for many more years to come and not just a few years and then poof gone.
You just gotta find what works best for you. When I picked my car I wanted fun, reliable, and good MPGs. My civic is still in excellent condition and 200whp/36.5mpg @2780 lbs has fulfilled that requirement nicely. But...
Now that I'm older I still have no mind for anything larger than compact(minus a few other mid-sized/sport coupes) but today I would probably look at a Buick. The civics do have road noise (especially 9th gens!) and the interior on the new models was a slap dash attempt at creating an exciting interior by a guy with a plastic fetish.
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