Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze & Now With Comments! | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet #8211; Now With Comments!

I was in 1971 and started actively about cars in 1976, to Car and Driver and absorbing the work of men as LJK Setright, Gordon Jennings, and Baxter. Those men were for America to create a truly small car, one that meet the Germans (and, the Japanese) on equal ground and them in a fair fight. particularly, since General was the acknowledged leader of the American industry, they were for GM to create the Great American Car.

Those men are gone as … as Julius Caesar and not as well-remembered. I am standing here, in their stead, waiting for the Great American Small waiting for General Motors to the promise they#8217;ve made to us for fifty years now.

The Chevrolet Cruze is a good although at least part of its comes from the fact it isn#8217;t really that It#8217;s well-positioned against the and Corolla. I believe that it both of those cars in measurable ways.

This is it is . a good car, a bold a car for which no purchaser need an excuse or feel any concern. is what it might be . great. for the buyer to decide.

This is what it is not . American.

You are at the Cruze#8217;s not-so-secret weapon: an that represents a Cloverfield-sized past the competition. It#8217;s Cadillac CTS, part LaCrosse, part Chevrolet and unmistakably GM in the way the exterior does not manage to be. Forget the Civic or From the touchable dash to the big, comfy seats, the is fitted-out to compare directly Accords and Maximas.

The interior is Visibility is outstanding. On the road, the is genuinely quiet #8212; not an overabundance of insulation, but from design. The harsh, annoying disappear, allowing the stereo to even at low volume.

Never has a car of this size been so to run down the freeway for four passengers.

In this class, integration matters more raw power, and the Cruze shines offering fast, no-excuses to my 138GB of music. The rest of the doesn#8217;t match up to Ford in terms of usability and feature it#8217;s closer to what you expect to find in the Korean Still, it#8217;s at least in the with the class leaders.

Awww, look at the baby This is the 1.4 Ecotec Turbo. GM is this as the #8220;upscale#8221; engine in the

It produces about the same as, but far more #8220;area under the than, the standard-equipment 1.8 normally-aspirated The ostensible reason for delaying the introduction in the United States was to sure this engine was for prime time, although the massive expense of changing from Cobalt to Cruze also factored into decision.

No matter. If you#8217;d a Cruze last year a 1.8, you would probably you had the 1.4 turbo instead. This is a cheerful, strong-enough motor, a nice long plateau of from 1700rpm on and making it to drive on light throttle.

In of the fact that TTAC don#8217;t necessarily care how the big little Chevy can run down a during my drive time I to focus on a different aspect of Faced with a twisty, twenty miles of bad (meaning road, I gripped the wheel#8230;

the speed limit, maximized and smoothness, and was rewarded with an of 36.8mpg. This wasn#8217;t a snooze drive; it was chock-full of 25mph switchbacks, big climbs, and of descending, decreasing-radius stuff. did the Cruze feel out of breath the light throttle openings, and did the engine feel inadequate.

The same cannot be said for the DSG and Powershift have made torque-converter box obsolete in the class. it offers a full six ratios to Toyota#8217;s four . this is a that is always in motion, shifting, and always intruding on the It should be junked, and soon.

If considering a Cruze, get the manual It wasn#8217;t made available for us to but it can#8217;t be worse.

This new GM car#8221; platform offers a rear torsion-beam suspension seems to improve the so-called ride a bit. This is a car absorbs road imperfections well, beating both the and Corolla provided for comparison. right: Chevrolet was confident to include two of the four heavy-hitters to the

The Civic was a more enthusiastic and far more fun to hustle along the roads, but it cannot match the for features, space, fuel or interior ambiance. The Corolla has outlived its competitiveness, period. The had it been present, would easily shown-up the Cruze on pace and interface design but have struggled with and interior quality perception.

The Elantra would have a tougher nut to crack, given it is a massive improvement over its Still, none of these can #8220;waft#8221; like the Cruze#8230; and who have thought that would ever apply to a car traces its spiritual lineage to the

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For drivers who are not particularly worried over-the-road sportiness, the Cruze very well be the current leader, and it#8217;s likely to that position at least the next #8220;Euro#8221; Ford arrives next year. For the time in modern history, a compact car is legitimately the class of the

Unfortunately, it#8217;s priced the class of the field, too. The car starts at $16,995 and features the 1.8 coupled with a more-than-healthy of airbags and other safety The top-of-the-line LTZ-RS rings the register for $23,300 or thereabouts and have a navigation system at price.

Will cash to be laid on the hood to move cars?

The most interesting of the variants is the mid-range #8220;Eco#8221;, pairs the turbo 1.4 with a of weight-saving and aero mods, aerodynamic shutters behind the that close to optimize fuel economy. Priced at it is projected to clock 40mpg the six-speed manual. I see no reason to this claim.

It may not be a Prius …, but it takes the directly to the Civic Hybrid and the now-mandatory set of green-ish badges.

the PR event in dreary Washington, DC, of General Motors#8217; corrupt owners and the mendacious lobbyists who their strings, we were reminded that the Cruze has successfully sold in #8220;sixty so far. This is correct, and troubling. To some degree, the is already old news upon its here, the same way the Ford has had a nice long run in Europe to visiting Ellis Island.

The answer is simple: this is a My direct, repeated questions to GM regarding the Cruze#8217;s Korean were answered honestly but perhaps too-scrupulous attention to I was repeatedly told that architecture was engineered in Germany#8221;, and I was told about the #8220;global of the engineering, but the plain fact of the is that the Daewoo Lacetti was engineered, styled, and developed by in Korea.

It was then modified in some to become the Chevrolet Cruze. a Korean car, and if it isn#8217;t a Korean-market transplant like the it#8217;s very far from a European design like the Focus or VW Jetta.

The issue of engineering for the Cruze hardly up. In the modern era, GM seems to its electronics in China, its major in Europe, and its brainpower in Korea. smart business #8212; readers know about market and the limitless potential #8212; but for those of us who wanted an small car to draw a line in the there#8217;s only disappointment.

The of you can buy a Cruze with a clear It#8217;s built here, feature-packed, it doesn#8217;t lag behind the and it#8217;s likely to be a reliable, vehicle. That#8217;s all this asks for.

Anything can be dismissed as the worthless dream of a dreamer like myself, a of ragged claws scuttling the floor of silent seas, for the day that General Motors us a great American small

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