The Battle of the Chevys: Cobalt vs. Cruze

It’s crazy to think it’s been almost a week since I said goodbye to the Chevy Cruze:


(picture from Cruze specs site on

Dropping off the car at the dealer wasn’t my LAST duty as a Chevy girl. It wouldn’t have been fair to drive around in the Cruze for a month without giving a full rundown of my thoughts on the car. To help me do so, the lovely folks at Gotta Love Chevy NEO asked me the following questions on my experience:

Did driving the Chevy Cruze change your mind about owning a Chevy?  Would you put Chevy on your shopping list now?

My first car ever was one of these:

(picture source)

That would be a Chevrolet Corsica. Oh, the memories I have from driving around Parma in that car. There aren’t enough blog posts in the world, my friends.

As previously mentioned, I’m a proud Chevy owner as bought my “I’m a big girl now and have a full time job” car in 2006:


(picture from Cobalt specs site on

Interesting to think if I was making that same purchase now, I would have ended up with a Chevy Cruze! Seeing as Hans previously owned a TrailBlazer and is currently driving a HHR, it’s pretty safe to say that we’re a Chevy family!  As our family grows (don’t get excited people, there aren’t any little PIPs on the way), I foresee us trading in the Cobalt for a more “family friendly” car – perhaps a Chevy Traverse? Only time will tell!

Would you recommend the Chevy Cruze to your friends?  Did you get any feedback from your friends?

I would definitely recommend the Chevy Cruze to my friends, especially those looking to purchase their first car. As for feedback from loved ones:

  • Every single person commented on how much room they had in the Cruze. My friends and family were surprised by the amount of space in the interior – both front and back seat areas – compared to my Cobalt.
  • My passengers appreciated the heated seats, although the powerful Cruze got really hot very quickly! Make sure to adjust your thermostats accordingly people!
  • The placement of the lock & unlock buttons on the main console (under the radio & heating displays, instead of on each door) was not my favorite feature placement. I’m a bit OCD when leaving my car, wanting to hit the lock button on my way out as well as hitting the key ring lock button. I missed having the locking function on the actual car door.
  • My brother loved the XM, especially all the news channel live feeds.
  • Surprisingly, I get better gas mileage in my Cobalt compared to the Cruze. In the Cruze, I averaged just under 24 miles per gallon. In the Cobalt, I average 27 MPG. I have no explanation for it – just noting it for you, interested reader.

What were the three best things about your Chevy vehicle in order of importance?

  1. The hands-free Bluetooth: as I described in my Keep Your Hands On The Wheel & Off Your Phone post, I fell in love with this feature. I don’t think I can go back to talking on the phone while driving without it.
  2. The amount of cargo space and trunk opening gap: The best improvement on this end of things is the gap opening of the trunk. The Cruze’s gap is SO MUCH BIGGER than the Cobalt’s. I could actually fit much larger objects in the Cruze because I had the opening to get them in the trunk. Check out my Girls Gotta Shop post for the video on just how much room I had back there!
  3. The heated seats: December in Cleveland equals the start of a cold, long winter. While I loved how speedy the seats headed up, I actually found Another Use For My Cruze’s Heated Seats when I fell on an icy patch of sidewalk – it was like having a built-in heating pad in the car!

Want to know what other features I really enjoyed? Check out my posts over at the Gotta Love Chevy NEO blog on all the features the Cruze has to offer:

Make sure to “like” Gotta Love Chevy NEO on Facebook to keep tabs on all the future Chevy girls & their adventures around the CLE!

Again, a HUGE thank you to the Northeastern Ohio Area Chevy Dealers for an amazing experience. The entire PIP family thanks you for a rockin’ month in the Chevy Cruze!

Disclosure: The Gotta Love Chevy NEO program is being sponsored by Northeastern Ohio Area Chevy Dealers . They gave me a 2011 Chevy Cruze to test drive for one month and blog about my experience. Through this program, I was asked to complete missions, and was provided with gift cards to do so. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

ten things this thursday: my musical goodbye to the Chevy Cruze

As my final official task as a Chevy girl for the month of December, I had to return the Chevy Cruze. Cue the waterworks.

I’ve been VERY lucky in love and managed to snag this hot guy before any other girls could get to him.

Alicia & Hans Fun Fact: we’re high school sweethearts and "celebrated” the ELEVEN YEAR anniversary of our first date on Tuesday! (And when I say “celebrate”, I mean Hans said “happy anniversary” as I hacked up a lung on the couch. Very romantic. Moving on…)

I was pretty rocked by my pending separation from my new found car love. I needed some emotional support for my last journey driving it back to the dealership. So in the usual Tuesday fashion, yet again on a Thursday, I present:


First, check out my last official video as a Chevy Girl for Gotta Love Chevy NEO!

Now for the songs…

How Many Times by Zack Hexum
how many times will I fall in love today…
RANDOM THOUGHT: Best free iTunes Song of the Day download EVER.

Memories by David Guetta
…those would be the best memories
RANDOM THOUGHT: also a new addition to my half-marathon playlist.

Hanging On Too Long by Duffy
I was a fool for you right from the start
I was a fool for you hoping for a spark
For some kind of sign that you would be mine
RANDOM THOUGHT: I love this entire album to set a relaxing vibe at work during the afternoons.

Flashing Lights by Kayne West (feat. Dwele)
As I recall, I know you love to show off but I never thought that you would take it this far
RANDOM THOUGHT: …because no playlist is complete without Kayne busting in half way through…

King of Anything by Sara Bareilles
So let me thank you for your time…and get out of here fast
RANDOM THOUGHT: LOVE LOVE LOVE her. I feel like if I ever really learned how to play the piano, I’d be writing music like hers.

Misery by Maroon 5
So let me be and I’ll set you free
RANDOM THOUGHT: Adam Levine = HOTT. Sorry Hans.

Please Don’t Go by Mike Posner
…baby please don’t go…
RANDOM THOUGHT: Another carry over from my running playlist. It’s just too darn catchy to get it out of my head.

Hummingbird by John Mayer
Just because I said I didn’t want her doesn’t mean I want her to go
In fact I quite depended on her but that I didn’t want her to know
RANDOM THOUGHT: This should be no surprise to anyone who really knows me. I’ll always love me some JM. This is a personal all time favorite and hardly known gem of his. Definitely worth checking out.

Love Is My Disease by Alicia Keys
When your gone it feels like my whole worlds gone with you
I thought love would be my cure but now its my disease
RANDOM THOUGHT: Another at-work album to slow jam the day away.

Cool by Gwen Stefani
After all that we’ve been through I know we’re cool
RANDOM THOUGHT: …at least I still have my Cobalt!

When you are feeling down, how to do cope? An emotional music playlist? A good workout? A long bubble bath? Me: kickboxing always gets the aggression out!!

A Runner’s Christmas

It was well documented I had trouble getting into the holiday spirit, or at least getting going on my holiday shopping:


(More on the topic this week SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!)

Luckily, it finally hit me on Christmas Eve morning:

  • We started with a wonderful breakfast with my Columbus foodies Erin & Brian at Grumpy’s Cafe. While I had been unimpressed by a previous dinner visit, breakfast was SPOT ON. I’m pretty sure Brian died and went to heaven with his order of sausage and biscuits.
  • With the sighting of a beer delivery man, we picked up a case of Great Lakes Brewing Company Christmas Ale at Tremont Food Mart (they only let the guys buy two six packs each!)
  • After Katrina’s post last week, I had to take the group to Lilly’s Chocolates for some holiday treats. (I can’t believe I haven’t eaten all of my dark chocolate bark!!)
  • After saying goodbye to our friends, we headed out to finish some last minute shopping, but not before making a quick call to OnStar to FIND SANTA CLAUS!

OnStar Holiday Fun with Poise in Parma on Vimeo.

We called again later in the day and Santa was in South Africa with an ETA to arrive in Ohio at 11:22PM. I felt like a little kid again! Thank you OnStar and my Chevy Cruze for brightening my Christmas Eve!

As I plan to detox my house before the end of the year, I minimized my Christmas list to requests of donations to my half-marathon fundraising goal. While many of my loved ones donated (thank you all again!!!), I was also treated to some amazing gifts:

This year, I received:

I think it’s safe to say based on my gifts, I can officially call myself a runner! How did your loved ones treat you this holiday?

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