The Cruze is ready for action, but with an eye on efficiency

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2014 Chevrolet 
Cruze 1LT
• Mid-size Sedan, 4WD
• 1.4L ECOTEC Turbo Engine
• 6-speed automatic transmission
• Stabilitrak Stability Control w/Traction Control
• 6-Month OnStar Directions & Connections, 5-Years Remotelink
• 16” Alloy Wheels
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k New Vehicle Limited Warranty, 2 Year/24k Scheduled Maintenance
• 30 mpg (26/38 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $21.5k, pictured with dealer options
As always, check with dealer for details



Sometimes, when I drive, I like to know my ride.  I like to know what’s supposed to be interesting or exceptional on the vehicle.  Other times, though, I like to just hop in and go, so that I can experience it fresh and make up my mind along the way.

It’s a nice system, and it works out, because I’m happy either way.  The 2014 Chevy Cruze from Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick was a ‘hop in and go,’ and a pleasant surprise.

Granted, I like a red car, but from the outside, the Cruze has a blend of curves that touch on sharper-edged creases that give it some stand-out, almost jewel-like features when it meets with the metallic red crystal paint on this particular model.

Resting on top of 16” Alloy wheels with just a hint of chrome accents, the Cruze brings some much-needed style into the mid-size sedan frenzy.

Inside, some dramatic styling including what I’m taking to be the Chevy car’s swooping dash design cues and a cloth accent on the dash give it a simple but stylish feel.

What made the drive stand out though, is the fact that, even though its numbers give it the appearance of a family-friendly, wallet-friendly and fuel-friendly mid-size sedan, this particular Cruze has a word on its sticker that can turn the heads of even the most jaded of drivers:

Turbo.

As I said earlier, I didn’t ask or hear much about the car before I drove it.  So it was exciting and engaging to be driving a mid-size sedan and discover it.

Most of us have driven an underpowered car, and we’ve put our foot on the gas and felt like it should be doing more.  This Cruze did it differently.  I felt like I was holding it back, and the little kick-back into the seat it gave me was a friendly reminder that I should let loose a little more.

I indulged (very few people wouldn’t), and it was worth it.  Quick and nimble, the steering was very responsive, and I had a lot of fun when the pedal went down.

The turbo isn’t just there for the joy of pushing you back into your seat, though.  Placed into the 1.4L ECOTEC engine, the end result is a smart, fuel-efficient machine.  Topping off with a 38 mpg highway EPA rating, in town it still achieves a 26 mpg rating, making for a smart commuter car or a good all-around family car.

There’s even a large trunk, engineered neatly in so that you wouldn’t quite think it was there.

“The Cruze name has been out long enough that drivers that bought one before are starting to come back for their second one,” Dave Davis, sales and leasing associate at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick said.

It’s popular enough, in fact, that according to Forbes magazine, GM needed to add a third shift of workers in 2013 to keep up with the demand.

You can see why for yourself when you try the 2014 Chevy Cruze at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick, 2595 Highway 6&50.  When you can pack power and efficiency into one car, it’s worth a look.

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