Rent Charvak’s 2015 Chevrolet Cruze in Cambridge, MA | Turo
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The car

Chevrolet Cruze2015

Eco
100 trips
35 MPG
Gas (Regular)
4 doors
5 seats

Hosted by

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Charvak All-Star Host
791 tripsJoined Jun 2011
Typically responds in 5 minutes
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Description

Unlimited miles and great mpg for your highway trips. It looks like an ordinary car, but you won't find this Eco edition with a manual transmission at any rental company. The Cruze Eco showcases some of America's best engineering and is built in Lordstown Ohio. In a nutshell, it's good on gas and is fun to drive. I bought it to compete with my Insight as a great highway car. Engineering overview: The Cruze Eco is going to go down in history as a cutting-edge highway fuel sipper. The engineers didn't hold back. It has an active grille shutter to improve the aerodynamics. The low displacement (1.4 L) engine reduces pumping losses, while power and torque are supplemented with a turbocharger instead of going with a heavy and complicated hybrid system. Heat loss to coolant is mitigated by running the engine above the boiling point of water, which allows for an extra tall 6-spd manual gearbox. Normally, running at too low an rpm gives the combustion gases too much time to cool off against cylinder walls before the energy is extracted. And finally, GM must have done something to reduce engine friction, since you get hardly any engine braking even considering the small engine size. It's a good thing the parking brake is at your right hand, not hidden away in the footwell. The sound system has all the fancy features, but doesn't sound as nice as my other cars and the controls are unintuitive. Maybe the illogical controls are an homage to the Insight. ;)

Features

Manual transmission
Audio input
Bluetooth
USB input
Toll pass

Extras

Add optional Extras to your trip at checkout.
Prepaid refuel
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$45/trip

Guidelines

In your booking request, let me know your intended destination, number of passengers (any children with car seats?), and type of cargo. That way, I can make sure it's the best car for you and show you how to set up the seats. Also, it's best if you tell me where you're coming from and how, so I can offer you a free pickup if I happen to be in that area. PICKUP PROMPTNESS POLICY $20 cash fine for being more than 10 minutes late to pick up the car. If you're going to be late, just let me know your plans in advance and it's fine. If I don't hear from you, I expect to see you at your scheduled pickup time. You wouldn't show up late to a professional appointment or lunch with a friend without texting in advance. If I know you're going to be late, I can do other uninterruptable productive tasks in the meantime. HOW TURO WORKS These are some differences between Turo and rental car companies that are worth pointing out, especially for first-time users. - Pickup and Dropoff Please be on time for pickup. I can't let you take the car early, it wouldn't be insured. And if you're going to be more than 10 minutes late for pickup, you need to let me know because I have other things to do in the meantime. I will photograph your drivers license and point out any pre-existing damage that hasn't been touched up with paint already. When returning the car, please message me with your location as you're headed back so that I know when to be around for the return. I fully understand you might want to return the car hours early, which is fine, but don't assume that I sit around at home all day waiting for you. Just shoot me a text, "We're headed back, just got on I-90 off 84." and I'll plan to be home in an hour or so. - Mileage I like to know where the cars are going in case I have any special recommendations for you. If you're going to be over on miles, let me know. My mileage rates are set reasonably low, so it's not a big deal. - Tolls I process tolls around 5 - 15 days after your trip,after giving them time to post. Spend a few hours going through the EZ-Pass transactions in Excel, assigning them to cars and trips. If you know how much your tolls might be, you can add extra fuel and remind me to account for that when doing tolls. If you drive to Albany and back with like $8 of tolls, but give me a few extra gallons of fuel, it's easier for both of us because I save time refueling the car and you don't have to pay an annoying extra charge. - Cleaning Don't worry about washing off bugs or road grime from ordinary use, we don't waste water in Cambridge. Keep the interior clean, though. If you eat in the car I don't want to know about it. I generally try to wash the windshield before your trip, touch up any scratches now and then, and vacuum the interior occasionally. I rarely wash the exterior, only after beach or snow trips to prevent salt damage.

Faqs

  • Why are you so strict about arrival time?
    One of the biggest operating costs of Turo is meeting renters. Some renters make it very easy, others are difficult. I rent to everyone, don't discriminate based on any perception of how difficult a renter will be to serve. That's only possible if I can charge for inconvenience, damage, smoking, etc. By insisting on promptness, I get high quality renters who are successful in life because they make things easy for everyone they interact with. And you get clean, well-maintained cars, promptly at your scheduled pickup time. It beats waiting at the rental counter at Hertz.
  • What skills do you check in the manual transmission checkride?
    1. You're able to launch the car without excessive clutch slippage. Keep it below 1500 rpm, engage the clutch fully by 8 mph. 2. You remove your foot from the clutch pedal, move it to the dead pedal when you're not actively shifting or starting the car. 3. You never rest your hand on the shift lever. Finish your shift and move your hand back to the steering wheel. Leaving your hand on the shifter wears out the shift forks, eventually making the transmission sloppy. 4. You shift gently, allowing time for the gears to synchronize. No "power shifting". The shift lever isn't a switch, it physically actuates a complicated mechanism. 5. No downshifts to first gear. Go into first from neutral when the car is stopped or under 5 mph.

Reviews

79 ratings

Had a great time driving the car to Portland. Charvak was incredibly responsive and punctual!

Jennifer L.-Mar 29, 2019

Good experience all around

Jess H.-Mar 18, 2019

This was my 3rd rental with Charvak. He is great to deal with and the cars are fun to drive. Highly recommended.

Jess H.-Feb 5, 2019

Charvak is the only one I rent from in the city of Boston now. The most convenient and he’s just always there! If you rent from him often, he gives you best deals!

Marwan Q.-Jan 14, 2019

Easy to communicate with and car was in great shape. Offered pick up and drop off as well which was greatly appreciated.

Jess H.-Dec 25, 2018

Car Location
Cambridge, MA 02139
Free

Airports
Boston Logan International Airport
$120

Delivery
Up to 5 miles
$120