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3 Reasons a Used Cruze is the Perfect City Car

Looking for the perfect city car? Look no further than a used Chevy Cruze. While there are many reasons this vehicle makes a great urban drifter, there are three reasons that jump out when looking at a used Cruze. The first is the cheap price. It’s not expensive new, which means it’s going to be dirt-cheap used. Secondly, its smaller size is tailored to a city environment. Finally, fuel-efficiency is worth noting, especially if you grab a lightly used one from 2016.

Regardless, if you live in the city, work in the city, or just frequently drive to the city to visit a friend, you’ll notice a huge benefit if you switch over to a Cruze. Starting with the money you’ll save up front and in the long-run…

Super Affordable

A brand new 2017 Chevy Cruze has a starting MSRP of $16,975. That’s already super affordable by new car standards, given that the average price of a new car hovers just above $30,000 in 2017.

Naturally, if you buy a lightly used one, you’ll be getting it for even cheaper. Not to mention all the great options for CPO (certified pre-owned) benefits. If you are just looking at the Cruze for its smaller size and fuel-efficiency, then getting one that’s even older will land you an even cheaper model.

Take, for example, a lightly used 2016 Chevy Cruze LS on CarFax, priced at $15,950. Mind you, that’s with a rear-view camera, keyless entry, and some other goodies. It’s a one-owner vehicle, with no accidents or damage reported. Right off the bat, you’re already saving a grand.

If you buy one from 2012 or 2013? Don’t be surprised to see a price tag of around $10,000 (or even under) depending on condition.

Smaller Size

Bob and weave.

That’s not just for boxers when fighting in the ring. No, it can also be applied to traffic when driving in a city or on the highway. If you are in a rush and need to get through, sometimes you just need to bob and weave. Now, what do boxers and compact cars have in common? They’re both fast and light on their feet or…tires.

Hop in a Cruze and try fitting through cramped city streets, then hop in a full-size SUV and try it. Tell me which one gets you farther.

The smaller size of the Cruze allows you to more easily get through cramped city streets, or on the highway. Furthermore, you will also be able to park in spaces that you wouldn’t normally fit in with even a midsize sedan.

Gotta love curbside parking in the city…


Finally, fuel-efficiency is another big win. There’s a reason returns are broken down into city/highway, and typically you want a vehicle that does right by you in both categories.

That vehicle is the Cruze. If you’re looking for the best possible fuel-efficiency, then a 2016 Cruze is your best bet. Here’s proof: 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway on a manual transmission, and 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. Regardless which transmission you choose, you’ll experience great returns on fuel whether driving around the city or on the highway.

Clearly, the Cruze is the perfect city car for these three reasons alone. But, these reasons – along with its abundance of safety features and infotainment technology – make it a great car in general.