Part of re-entry into a more conventional life was the need for a second vehicle. I love my #GMC but @big_big_trip_anna is less enamored with it. Plus, living on an island, something that gets better mileage for Anna’s looming long commutes was critical.
We researched electric cars and hybrids and narrowed our choices down to the #ChevyVolt and #ToyotaPrius However, at the last minute this little beauty popped up on our radar. We ended up going with the #ChevyCruzeDiesel and couldn’t be happier. Given that the island is mostly rural and Anna’s one-way commute will probably be in the 40+ mile range, the Cruze Diesel’s 29mpg city /48mpg highway mileage rating made a lot of sense. We also couldn’t ignore it’s lower price point and more desirable load-out of standard features when compared to the Prius and Volt.
Oh, and that mileage thing seems to be really working out. Our recent trip to Seattle yielded a so-far best 50-mile running average of 53.0mpg and our combined mileage for the first 3,000-miles has been 41.3mpg, which works out to about 8-½ cents per mile when you factor in diesel and DEF.
For our current situation, it’s better than an electric or hybrid. If Anna gets a job closer to home and her commute becomes much shorter, than we may begin to regret not choosing Volt. However, for longer, mostly rural and highway-like commutes, the Cruze Diesel appears to be the clear winner.
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