Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

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    Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    For five days in the sun, the night and the rain at speeds up to 68 mph, I've done highway, I've done residential and I've done stop-and-go traffic for 500 miles in my Cruze Diesel. Ive also driven it back-to-back with my DTS.

    Here are my impressions:

    The Cruze Diesel is comfortable and capable. It is fun to drive. It has an abundance of power. The torque is readily apparent.

    The engine's torque seems to come on about half-way through second gear, then drop down at the beginning of third then continue strong for the rest of third all the way through sixth. I presume this is the engine being torque managed.

    It is VERY quiet at highway speeds. But at speeds of up to 35 mph with the radio turned off or set to 10 the engine sound is noticeable. It is a diesel sound reminiscent of the medium-sized John Deere that does my snow; although many magnitudes quieter, but nonetheless still there. Gasoline engines also have a sound - but it is a sound that I've heard all of my driving life. So the diesel sounds are more noticeable to me at this time.

    It is very fuel efficient as we already know from the 15 listed on Fuelly.

    I've had complaints from rear passengers that the Pioneer speakers on the parcel shelf are unpleasant to listen to at any volume above 12. Overall from the front seats the Pioneer system is decent but not as pleasing as the DTS's Bose.

    The tires are not as grippy in the corners as either the Eagle RS-A on my departed Tahoe or the Michelin MXV4 Plus on the DTS. This may also be a factor of the electric power steering which so far I do not find objectionable.

    The Z-link rear suspension is noticeable and a positive contribution to the driving experience when cornering over bumpy road. The shorter wheelbase of the Cruze makes it feel more direct and reactive to drive than my DTS but also has given me a slight feeling of twitchiness once or twice.

    One odd thing about my Cruze Diesel is that it does not have a shaded windshield. When I say shaded, I mean the top four inches of the windshield in a deep blue tint. It feels like the only car I've ever driven without this shaded portion above the AS|1 mark.

    By comparison my DTS feels more refined - but it did cost about twice as much: The seats are softer. The switch gear operates smoother. It has Rainsense wipers and Lane Departure Warning, better audio, HIDs and Intelibeam. It is understandably more luxurious and should be for the price premium. But these differences are incremental improvements from the driver's seat. They are not night and day differences. And they may not be noticed or appreciated by all drivers.

    On a 1 - 10 scale I have to say that the Cruze Diesel is so far an 8. It could go higher but I need to get it through a winter to be able to more fully assess its capabilities.

    So after five days and 500 miles I am pleased with my purchase decision.
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomko View Post
    One odd thing about my Cruze Diesel is that it does not have a shaded windshield. When I say shaded, I mean the top four inches of the windshield in a deep blue tint. It feels like the only car I've ever driven without this shaded portion above the AS|1 mark.
    I'm 6'5" and that sun shade band was something I used to pay close attention to when evaluating vehicles, because it can be quite obtrusive to a tall driver. My Mazda Protege did not have it. It's not too dark on my Intrigue but still took some time to get used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swagled View Post
    I'm 6'5" and that sun shade band was something I used to pay close attention to when evaluating vehicles, because it can be quite obtrusive to a tall driver. My Mazda Protege did not have it. It's not too dark on my Intrigue but still took some time to get used to.
    My Terrain doesn't have this band either its probably the first car I've been in that didn't have it, is there a reason that some cars do and some don't, is it a cost thing?

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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    I had a tint strip installed when my windows were tinted and I'm happy with that. Do you plan on getting the windows tinted at all? If so, I'd go that route...just be sure to tell them exactly what you want so they don't do it really low.

    BTW, good to hear such positive review of the diesel Cruze! Glad you're enjoying it.

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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by majicbz07 View Post
    My Terrain doesn't have this band either its probably the first car I've been in that didn't have it, is there a reason that some cars do and some don't, is it a cost thing?
    Its a windshield supplier thing. I've noticed quite a lot of new cars are leaving it off.

    Good impressions though!

    What are your plans for staying diesel smell free when you fill up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    What are your plans for staying diesel smell free when you fill up?
    I bought an extra large apple green vinyl glove for the diesel pump.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Nice! I used expired medical gloves that way they can get chunked after each use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Nice! I used expired medical gloves that way they can get chunked after each use.
    Good idea.
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    You mentioned tires - what kind of tires are on your Cruze?
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Nice review, Tomko. Hope your purchase pans out well in the long run.

    Many gas stations used to have a rubber glove dispenser near the diesel pumps. Perhaps they did away with those. But as bballr says, a box of rectal exam gloves will do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdp326 View Post
    You mentioned tires - what kind of tires are on your Cruze?
    They're Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max.
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    How is the build quality? Panel gaps? Squeaks, creaks, rattles?
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Just filled it up. It traveled 600 miles on the 'free' tank of diesel from the dealership and returned 41 mpg. I notice on Fuelly the average of 15 diesels over 105 fills is 41.3 mpg so I'm right in the middle. My departed Tahoe would have done about 18 mpg for similar service.

    I filled it with Shell V-Power Diesel and it now seems quieter at idle.
    Last edited by Tomko; 08-29-2013 at 03:33 PM.
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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Thanks for the update...Please keep posting your impressions of the car (at least for a little while, lol).

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    Re: Cruze Diesel Driving Impressions - First 500 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Nice review, Tomko. Hope your purchase pans out well in the long run.

    Many gas stations used to have a rubber glove dispenser near the diesel pumps. Perhaps they did away with those. But as bballr says, a box of rectal exam gloves will do the trick.
    Those gloves are pretty ubiquitous, in Europe. But the gas costs twice as much as America Never seen anything like that here.



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