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What cars did you cross shop before choosing the Cruze?

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Hi everyone,

After driving my wife's Hyundai Elantra over the weekend I was reminded why I chose the Cruze for myself. Before buying our pre-owned Cruze eco, I was the one driving the Elantra. When it was time to finally upgrade her ride, I (selfishly) wanted something nicer than the Hyundai so she can inherit it and I could enjoy the new(er) ride. Now, the Elantra is a nice econobox and is reliable, but it has zero performance appeal. For example, the engine sounds like it came out of a lawn mower and has no torque, despite the bigger displacement compared to the Cruze (1.8 vs 1.4). The handling is also forgettable, offering no confidence in corners or off/on ramps. There are some nice features, like the strong brakes (better than the Cruze), good amount of standard features and TONS of interior space. I don't know how that's the case, when the two cars are parked side-by-side they have similar exterior dimensions. But the Cruze is basically a 2 door coupe inside - which I happen to like since nobody goes in my car - but I feel that it's a huge strike against it for people with families.

When I drive the Cruze and Elantra back-to-back, I feel a huge difference in driving dynamics. It also gets even better mileage to boot. The first time I drove a Cruze was a rental earlier this year, and it blew away my expectations. I was expecting something more along the lines of the cobalt and cavalier, but not even close. I also looked at the jetta, which admittedly has a nicer interior, but sketchy reliability. I'm glad I chose the Cruze. I don't feel like I settled or had to compromise on what I wanted.

What rides were you looking at before deciding on your Cruze?
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We looked at a variety of cars:

1. Civic - This along with the Cruze was one of our top picks. It was noiser than the cruze and Im not a fan of the dashboard but it was priced lower than the cruze. Also not a fan of the "side mirror camera" - was more blinding at night than helpful.

2. Corrolla - not much positive to say on this one (the latest edition) - all around dud

3. Ford Focus - IF you are a Johnny Cash fan you'd love the interior - black, black, black. I didnt like the mini screen DIC. Was nice to have a hatch version but price was a bit higher with comperable options

4. Price shopped a Mazda 3 - We prob shoudlve test drove this but nothing about it interested me - just my preference. I hear these are nice cars.

5. Cruze - I really liked the Cruze from the first time I drove it. Quiet, lots of head room. It was one of the most expensive sticker price wise. We got it under the 20% off discount last March which still palced it $500 more than the Civic, however with my $3500 GM Card discount it was a no brainer.


I have test driven the new Civic and have to say Im not sure what I would buy today if looking. The new Cruze is nice but GM has totally butchered the options offerings and from what I can tell the price has gone up atleast $1,000 if not $1,500 on the LT model vs the Gen 1.
 
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