2011 Chevrolet Cruze Auto Review

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

the small-car revolution

Gary on 08.22.2010

Chevrolet Cruze buyers, long addicted to room, ride, comfort, and features at fairly affordable have been unwilling to pay for small cars, so most here have been tinny, slow, boring and equipped. They have mostly on price and fuel and have never sold when times were and gas was cheap.

But look out, here they come: a new of smoother, roomier, quieter, comfortable, better looking, equipped, more fun, fuel efficient (and, more expensive) small Led this time, for the first by U.S. makers. The 2011 Cruze is at the front of the pack.

Chevrolet Cruze Overview

As a this new 2011 Cruze is good, because it has to be to succeed. has worked very hard to that it overcomes every perception-and reality-about small and it is selling extremely well in the 60 where it has already been including Korea, China, and most of Europe.

Chevrolet Comfort and Quiet

The 2011 Cruze is dimensionally large for a and brings an impressive list of features and attributes to the class. Its interior volume is 110.0 cu. ft. the EPA classifies as midsize, vs. 104.3 and cu. ft. for the current Toyota Corolla and Civic.

Its front seats have a range of fore-aft travel, its seat is surprisingly roomy, and its is a huge 15.4 cu. ft. vs. the Civic’s and the Corolla’s 12.0 cu. ft.

Chevy boasts no fewer than 18 treatments, including an acoustic windshield, nylon baffles with sound-absorbing foam in the structure and door headers, a thermal fiber acoustic and triple-sealed doors with blankets as water, airflow and barriers. Chevrolet believes the quietest small car in America, and we disagree.

Chevrolet Cruze

The new Chevrolet Cruze exterior is but handsome and well proportioned, and its is beautifully designed and crafted. aerodynamic features include a front fascia extension and a pan to smooth undercar airflow, and rear tire blockers and well liner extensions.

The (EPA highway) Chevrolet ECO model carries that package even further a lowered suspension, a deeper air dam, a rear decklid mid-body panels that the under-car shielding, a blade to air around the fuel tank and and a motorized lower grille that closes at about 37 mph and at 34 mph.

All 2011 Chevrolet Cruzes, the base LS model, are powered by a new 138-hp 1.4-liter DOHC, dual variable-valve-timing (VVT), 4-cylinder. Jointly designed and in Europe and the U.S. it is a version of the high-efficiency four that drive the Chevy Volt’s generator. That base LS a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated good for the same 138 hp but just 123 of torque vs. the turbo’s 148 lb.-ft.

The Cruze turbo four low-nine-second zero-to-60 mph acceleration, is not that quick. Yet it feels strong. Driving through the 6-speed automatic, it is a bit slow off the but once underway quickly steam and outruns the larger fours in the Corolla and Civic due to its mid-range torque.

It is also pleasingly lively and in the 6-speed-manual ECO model.

The Cruze’s new structure is substantially stiffer the outgoing Cobalt’s, which is for ride, handling, safety and control. Its front suspension is struts with their paths decoupled to enable tuning of each, so crisp doesn’t work against or comfortable ride. Its rear is a patented compact, low-mass combining a torsion beam crank rear axle a Z-link (dual Watts for lateral control.

This flexible design independent tuning of ride and and easy adjustment for different engines, body styles and control systems.

And this new Cruze may be the best ride/handling-balanced car we have ever driven. Its dual-pinion, speed-sensitive, electric power steering’s rack-mounted gives precise response and feel, and the ABS brakes use front-to-rear force distribution to tailor stopping power to conditions. impressive was the rear suspension’s composure while cornering over rough washboard that set competitors’ rear skittering laterally at comparable

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