2011 Chevrolet Cruze Review

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze sedan is an model that replaces the unloved and poorly rated Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cruze itself as a competitor to the well-respected Honda Civic (Base $15,605 to $25,490) and 2011 Corolla (Base MSRP: to $17,470). In general, most say the Cruze is indeed a better car for now.

Many are also to point out that the compact-car changes quickly, and improved pop up every year. A new Honda is due in 2011 as a 2012 model, and the Toyota Corolla is also for a redesign, critics say. As a The Wall Street Journal’s Dan calls the Chevy Cruze a car of expiring market advantages.

but still reasonably fun to drive

styling gets more of a response from critics. like the substantial, solid saying the Chevrolet Cruze a clean, handsome silhouette being trendy. Other say simply too conservative and bland.

Car and feels that the styling I’m some sort of sedan, no need to ask.

the front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Cruze utilizes a relatively simple rear axle instead of a expensive independent rear handling doesn’t suffer at reviewers emphasize. James at USA Today says, Cruze spirited cornering. Not a sports but close enough to deliver fun and satisfaction on twisting roads.

He adds that the competent doesn’t come at the expense of a ride, although he says the thunk-clunked over patched and pavement.

Neil goes on to say while the Cruze offers than the current Honda and Toyota Corolla, there are cars that may be superior. For the recently redesigned midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan MSRP: $19,195 to $27,045) is a car with plenty of features, but a similar base price as a Chevrolet Cruze. Neil If you’ve got $20,000 to spend on a family car, would you have the audaciously ordinary-looking or the bigger, quicker, more and more generously equipped

Another potentially strong mentioned in various Chevrolet reviews is the redesigned and all-new Ford Focus (Base $16,270 to $22,765). But compared to the 2011 Ford Focus MSRP: $16,640 to $19,670) and Dodge Caliber (Base $16,880 to $20,085). as well as other current compact reviews say the Cruze is hard to

Quiet, classy interior a

Some of Cruze’s key advantages are and quietness, reviews say. writes, Cruze is among the in class for noise control. materials, triple-sealed doors and an laminated windshield help the in-cabin noise.

About.com’s Aaron Gold that refinement is the ace up the Cruze’s He adds that the Cruze levels of refinement, equipment and that easily meet or its Japanese and Korean rivals. fit and finish gets generally ratings from critics, scattered quibbles about the quality of some of the materials. About.com owns ConsumerSearch, but the two share an editorial affiliation.)

The Cruze’s interior earns from almost all reviewers as upscale in appearance and nicely Several interior color are available, with attractive designs and contemporary fabric depending on trim level. says, I really liked the fabric panels on the dash, look nicer than the of plastic found on most cars.

Autoblog.com’s Reilly provides a counterpoint, however, that the interior passes muster, but found some during his time in the car. A with the Cruze revealed the average user would some detail-level frustrations. a usability standpoint, we were by a lock/unlock switch (it simply work) and some of the placements of plugs and switches.

He points for example, that the location of the power outlet (in the center next to the driver) is poorly if you plan to use it for a dash/window-mounted accessory as a GPS or radar detector.

Big trunk, but mixed backseat

The Chevrolet Cruze competes compact cars, but the Environmental Agency (EPA) actually it as a midsize car, thanks to its passenger and trunk volume. The holds 15.4 cubic of cargo — more most of its competitors, such as the Civic’s 12 cubic feet and the larger Honda Accord’s cubic feet.

Front are comfortable and roomy — The has plenty of room for his knees, Brennan — while the is not, many reviews About.com’s Gold calls the seats supportive with of stretch-out room, but the back is adequate, though not particularly Motor Trend’s Frank views the backseat more saying, The rear seat ample head, leg, and room, provided the front-seat isn’t utilizing all 42.3 of front legroom.

MotherProof.com’s Gilbach comes up with the criticism for the Cruze’s rear however. She simply kills the of the seat belt connection saying they are distinctly not The recessed seat belt made buckling up a complete Every.

Single. Time! all the whining coming from my about them, I was seriously to just hop back in my own car whenever a with the kids was in order.

Regular or turbocharged power

primary trim levels are LS, LT and LTZ. The base engine in the Cruze LS only is a 136-horsepower four-cylinder engine, matched a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy with the engine is 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg with the six-speed manual and 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway/27 mpg combined the available six-speed automatic..

The Cruze LT and LTZ trims are powered by a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder offers a boost of 25 pound-feet of for a total of 148 pound-feet. The slightly powerful turbo engine offers better fuel 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway/28 mpg combined the six-speed automatic. Both run on regular fuel.

Both are competitive with other in the class for performance, say reviewers, but feels particularly strong and is leisurely. Some critics that the Cruze’s four-cylinder feel and sound a bit coarse, and the automatic transmission isn’t a smooth operator. USA Today’s explains that the six-speed usually shifted just but too often it was guilty of rough changes and slightly balky downshifts.

Greenest Cruze Eco might be the most enjoyable

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The Cruze Eco, also by the 1.4-liter turbo, matches engine with a standard manual transmission, efficiency-focused low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic such as lowered ride and active grille shutters. The Eco also undergoes a variety of measures, resulting in a curb that undercuts the standard LT by around 200 pounds.

As a result, the Cruze Eco carries an EPA of 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway/33 mpg combined. An transmission is available with the Eco, but ordering it cancels out of the fuel economy gains with the stick-shift-equipped car; rated 26 city/37 highway/30

Car and Driver’s Steve Siler that the Cruze Eco’s regimen has benefits beyond its improvements; it also feels and more responsive than Cruzes.

Amenities abound

many economy cars out very basic and ask the buyer to add on equipment, the Cruze offers a list of standard features. The LS model includes air conditioning, radio, the OnStar telematics an auxiliary input jack for MP3 power windows and locks remote keyless entry, an (manual) adjustable driver folding rear seat and computer (whose display OnStar’s turn-by-turn directions

Next up is the Cruze LT, subdivided 1LT and 2LT. The 1LT adds chrome covers, one-touch driver’s floormats and color-keyed power mirrors, while the 2LT includes such as alloy wheels, upholstery, heated front a power driver’s seat, control, remote vehicle and Bluetooth capability.

The range-topping Chevy Cruze LTZ 18-inch alloy wheels, disc brakes, sport-tuned automatic climate control and park assist. Additional such as a navigation system, and the RS appearance package (with body add-ons and fog lights) are

Excellent safety ratings for the Cruze

Safety features are the best in class. Standard on all Cruze models includes brakes, electronic stability pre-tensioning front seatbelts and 10 (front airbags,full side-curtain front and rear seat-mounted airbags and front knee The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance for Highway Safety and earns a overall rating from the Highway Traffic Safety

Finding the best 2011 Cruze reviews

There are a of excellent road-test reviews plenty of detail and opinion the Cruze, including articles The Wall Street Journal, USA Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and others. MotherProof.com gives a less comprehensive review extra emphasis on driving the with children. Good evaluations can be found at Edmunds.com and

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