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A Mom's Eye View of the Chevrolet Cruze

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Desiree Peeples is the creator of MommyReporter.com blog and she is currently on the mom bloggers panel for PBS KIDS Sprout and Today’s Mama, and she also volunteers as the “blog coach” for students and instructors at Kaplan University. Desiree recently test drove the Chevrolet Cruze and agreed to share her insights with AutoTrader.com.

Strollers, car seats, groceries… all typical “mom haul.” Throw in a purse, a diaper bag, hubby’s dry cleaning, and a flat cardboard box of fresh bake sale goodies and it’s easy to see that mom haul is not only varied and odd sized, but it makes for important factors to consider when deciding what type of car to buy.

Last night, I test drove the 2011 Chevy Cruze, and while I love the sporty look and feel of this latest Chevy compact vehicle, my thoughts are mixed when it concerns the company’s ability to make this car fit into my lifestyle.

I admit I’m not one of those moms who pays attention to the specs and mechanical details of a vehicle. The things that matters to me most about a car are does it look good, is it reliable, and does it allow me to handle my mommy responsibilities with ease? However, I do care about safety, and with all the features on the Cruze, including OnStar, I wholeheartedly trust that this car is built solid to protect me and my family to the highest degree possible.

First, the Chevy Cruze definitely delivers in the looks and reliability department. Not only is it very “non-soccer mom van” but it’s the perfect ride for an evening out with girlfriends or a weekend trip to the lake. The back seat is really roomy and can easily accommodate two car seats, or three kids, or a wonderful array of fully stuffed shopping bags.

The Cruze is a super comfy drive with a surprising amount of room in the front seats as well. The dashboard (or instrument panel) is a cinch to navigate with easy-to-reach and see controls. It’s also incredibly quiet inside, which is perfect for long drives with a sleeping child.

The only things I didn’t like about the Cruze are the trunk, the interior fabric, and the gas tank being on the passenger side instead of the driver’s side. Since I always keep a stroller in my trunk, I found the space rather small to accommodate much else. The interior fabric on the seats did not appear to be easy to clean either, and would probably not withstand an array of juice box spills, dog hair, and the occasional lost marker that is most likely missing its cap–but then again, I’m not sure any vehicle’s fabric can tolerate all of that.

Overall, I can say that I genuinely enjoyed nearly everything about the Chevy Cruze. It’s a superb car that would make any mom’s life easier. Even with the minor things I didn’t like, I can recommend this compact car for its ease of use and its ability to exceed all expectations as it applies to the everyday mom lifestyle.

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