The Chevy Cruze Eco
As a single woman who is currently in the market to buy a car, this post is near-and-dear to my heart. I’ve been doing fairly extensive research of late, and to be honest, up until about a month ago, I wouldn’t have given a Chevy a second look. Unless I was thinking of buying a truck for my farm.
All that changed, however, when I went to South by Southwest and was able to snag a ride in a Chevy Cruze with the Catch a Chevy promotion. The driver began to give us a run down on the features that the Cruze offers, but it was the 42 MPG on the Eco that really piqued my interest.
Look, as a single gal, I like to make every dollar count. Especially with gas prices as high as they are now, and a 30-minute commute in front of me every morning. Excellent gas mileage is higher on my list than a lot of other features, and the Chevy Cruze Eco offers MPG nearly on par with hybrid cars, but at a lower price point. And that is music to my future shoe collection’s ears.
Best Car for a Single Woman’s Wallet
Speaking of price, the Cruze Eco’s MSRP starts out at $18,425, which is perfect if you’re looking to buy your first new car (I am) and come in under $20,000 (I definitely am). I did a little math on this myself, and if I can cough up a down payment of $2000, which isn’t that steep, then I can get myself on a 72-month payment plan that lands me at about $275 a month for a car payment. That’s feasible, since I expect my car payment to be more than my phone bill, but less than my rent, thankyouverymuch.
Best Car for a Single Woman’s Weekend Out
The third most important aspect of a potential car for me is versatility. I need to know that I can drive this car to a job interview and look professional, or take it for a weekend of hiking and have it be able to handle the terrain. I love the styling of the Cruze, which has an angular rear and a sculpted little nose. It gives it a sporty feel, but more of a modernist look that will help me stand out on the road. And lord knows I like to stand out.
The Cruze Eco has a snappy little 138 horsepower, 1.4L Turbocharged, small-but-powerful engine. That’s how it’s able to provide such brilliant gas mileage without compromising on performance. They tested it on Scandinavian ice roads, so I’m sure it should be able to handle my weekend trekking it up in the mountains.
Best Car for a Single Woman’s Safety
And since I’m addicted to road trips, I need it to have lots of safety features that prevent me from winding up stranded, alone, on some rando road. The Cruze Eco boasts 10 airbags (including ones for your knees!), OnStar Automatic Crash Response as a standard feature, and an electronic stability control system, which comes in handy particularly during those emergency maneuvers (think hydroplaning – yikes).
To satisfy the needs of a single woman who wants great gas mileage, a versatile yet stylish vehicle, and a price that won’t break the bank, the Chevy Cruze Eco is my pick. Anyone care to join me for a test drive?