2011 Chevrolet Cruze vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With the 2011 Cruze, Chevrolet is going after the heart of the marke - �namely the longtime best-selling Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, as well as the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

The Cruze has driving manners that are more on par with those of the Corolla and Elantra, which is to say comfortable but sedate.

Compared to the Civic, the Cruze is noticeably quieter, more refined, and more spacious.

However, the Civic has more responsive handling and a sportier feel overall.

The Jetta is perhaps the worthiest rival to the Cruze - if VW shoppers were to give it a chance - as it has a comparably hefty, secure feel, an isolated ride, and a top-notch interior.

The new Suzuki Kizashi or Kia Forte are two other interesting alternatives; both manage, to some degree, to offer a little more sportiness than the Cruze.

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Quick Specs
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The 2011 Chevy Cruze certainly isn't a car that will set your heart racing, but it manages to combine a refined ride quality and tactile interior with the no-nonsense, space-efficient packaging--all with good value for the money.
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38 mpg; a sleek, sophisticated look; and even more value for the money confirm that this little sedan has officially left the Corolla in the dust.
MSRP From  
$16,525$16,640$14,945
Gas Mileage  
24 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Compact SedanCompactMid-Size
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain  
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
4N/A4
Body Style  
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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