2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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Cruze MSRP: $ 16995.00
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  • Fun and fuel efficient turbocharged engine
  • Eco model has fuel economy comparable to a hybrid
  • Near perfect ride quality
  • Pleasantly designed interior
  • High ranking safety scores
  • Generous-size trunk
  • Sluggish 6-speed automatic
  • Uncomfortable seats
Ruling: The Chevrolet Cruze shows that GM can build a good quality, economy sedan and not be boring. With a refined ride quality, fuel efficient engines, and an interior you would enjoy spending hours inside, the Chevrolet Cruze does not disappoint. The 2011 Cruze has one of the highest quality cabins in its class, good performance and a roomy interior that reminds reviewers of larger, more expensive vehicles.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is a new 4-door sedan model from GM and is available in LS, 1LT, 2LT LTZ and Eco trims. The Cruze starts at about $16,600, and reaches about $22,300 for the LTZ trim. The ECO trim, which has higher fuel economy ratings of 28/42 with a manual transmission, starts at about $18,500.

CarReview's Opinion of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

  • Little turbo engine is surprisingly gutsy
  • Smooth, balanced, and quiet ride
  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Stylish, eye-catching exterior
  • Potentially excellent fuel efficiency
  • Acceleration isn’t terribly quick
  • Real world mileage might not be so great
  • A bit pricey for a compact car
  • Houndstooth cloth pattern in base model LT is hard on the eyes

Verdict: The Chevy Cruze is an attractive, upscale, and unique new entry that should turn quite a few heads. Kudos to GM for no longer being content to simply fill rental car fleets with mediocre product and instead giving American drivers a small car they can be proud to own and drive. Now it just remains to be seen if customers can be convinced that the Cruze really is a break from the past, and is every bit as good and in some respects better than the competition.

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