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    How Heavy Is Your Foot?

    So I realized today that I live at the bottom of the pedal and I need to change...lol...old racing habits die hard..

    I want to hear from you guys.

    How do you drive?

    How hard do you accelerate 90% of the time?

    How high do you rev the rpm's 90% of the time?

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    I'm exactly the same to be honest.

    Unfortunately for my car and it's fuel economy, I tend to accelerate quite harshly.
    Mine has the auto sports transmission, and I would say that it regularly pushes above 3,000 rpm for most gears (unless it skips one), obviously due to how heavy my foot is.
    Sometimes if I'm feeling kind I will have a lighter foot and only push 2,000 per gear.

    I need to stop, but given that I've got 163bhp to play with, I often can't help it!!
    I just wish I had that manual transmission to be honest.
    Interested to hear from other folk.

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    Same here honestly, but I'm driving a diesel too. What I end up doing is either floor it, but quickly let off so the engine doesn't rev up and it changes gears to keep the diesel at it's peak torque range, then accelerate harder again. Either that or I started playing with the manual shift and just keep it floored while I force the upshifts at around 3k or less. Ok, maybe this is 70% and more so in traffic because I swear everyone is racing these days and I'm just trying to keep up!
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    Depends how much the other drivers around me are pissing me off.

    In normal driving, I'm pretty light-footed - the car snaps off 2500-3000 RPM shifts most of the time. I typically shoot for 5-7 over the limit, and aim for 75-77 in a 70 depending on what other traffic's doing.

    If I'm annoyed at others, the upper reaches of the tach come into play and the little turbo hamsters get a good workout.

    I'll drive spiritedly on a fun road, but the Cruze isn't much fun to toss around like a sports car and it feels way out of its element. The Jetta's more fun to do that in.
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    I have a helium foot. I take my time accelerating (although keep in mind that I have the 1.8L, non-turbo engine on my 2014 Cruze). My general rule-of-thumb is no faster than 10% over the posted speed limit (i.e., 61 mph in a 55 zone).


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    Quote Originally Posted by jblackburn View Post
    Depends how much the other drivers around me are pissing me off.

    In normal driving, I'm pretty light-footed - the car snaps off 2500-3000 RPM shifts most of the time. I typically shoot for 5-7 over the limit, and aim for 75-77 in a 70 depending on what other traffic's doing.

    If I'm annoyed at others, the upper reaches of the tach come into play and the little turbo hamsters get a good workout.

    I'll drive spiritedly on a fun road, but the Cruze isn't much fun to toss around like a sports car and it feels way out of its element. The Jetta's more fun to do that in.
    That describes me pretty well, no matter which car I'm in, even my Cobalt or Camaro. On the Cruze or Cobalt, I'm usually eyeing the tach so I can let off just a bit around 2500 so it upshifts. But should other drivers become problematic? Foot down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2019CruzeRSAEM View Post
    So I realized today that I live at the bottom of the pedal and I need to change...lol...old racing habits die hard..

    I want to hear from you guys.

    How do you drive?

    How hard do you accelerate 90% of the time?

    How high do you rev the rpm's 90% of the time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jblackburn View Post
    Depends how much the other drivers around me are pissing me off.

    In normal driving, I'm pretty light-footed - the car snaps off 2500-3000 RPM shifts most of the time. I typically shoot for 5-7 over the limit, and aim for 75-77 in a 70 depending on what other traffic's doing.

    If I'm annoyed at others, the upper reaches of the tach come into play and the little turbo hamsters get a good workout.

    I'll drive spiritedly on a fun road, but the Cruze isn't much fun to toss around like a sports car and it feels way out of its element. The Jetta's more fun to do that in.
    You need to add the Whiteline rear swaybar! (maybe a few strut bars as well)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP81 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jblackburn View Post
    Depends how much the other drivers around me are pissing me off.

    In normal driving, I'm pretty light-footed - the car snaps off 2500-3000 RPM shifts most of the time. I typically shoot for 5-7 over the limit, and aim for 75-77 in a 70 depending on what other traffic's doing.

    If I'm annoyed at others, the upper reaches of the tach come into play and the little turbo hamsters get a good workout.

    I'll drive spiritedly on a fun road, but the Cruze isn't much fun to toss around like a sports car and it feels way out of its element. The Jetta's more fun to do that in.
    That describes me pretty well, no matter which car I'm in, even my Cobalt or Camaro. On the Cruze or Cobalt, I'm usually eyeing the tach so I can let off just a bit around 2500 so it upshifts. But should other drivers become problematic? Foot down.
    Me as well. I enjoy pushing the handling when I can but my dreams of autocrosses are pretty slim. The Cruze is pretty lifeless in the turns. But I got this car for it's looks and mpg's so it's all good 😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeInMilwaukee View Post
    I have a helium foot. I take my time accelerating (although keep in mind that I have the 1.8L, non-turbo engine on my 2014 Cruze). My general rule-of-thumb is no faster than 10% over the posted speed limit (i.e., 61 mph in a 55 zone).
    Even that's too fast on the interstate system. Last summer I set my cruise control at Speed Limit +2. Every single car I saw pulled over had passed me, some by just half a MPH.
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