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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. Read more »
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Up front, the car wears the same handsome split grille found elsewhere in the Chevy line.

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This car is the missionary position of compact-sedan styling.

Wall Street Journal

looks good from any angle

Road & Track »

intentionally conservative but handsome and well proportioned

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The Cruze has been criticized as too conservatively styled, an understandable complaint, especially because the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus compact has been lauded for its design.

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$16,525 $22,225
4-Door Sedan LS
Gas Mileage 26 mpg City/36 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 1.8L
EPA Class Compact Sedan
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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8.2 out of 10
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The Basics:

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze starts a new small-car chapter for General Motors, replacing the Cobalt, which never quite earned the respect or ratings of segment leaders like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. However, the new Cruze is right up there with them—and arguably better in many respects.

The Ohio-built Cruze follows a global design that's been fine-tuned for the United States. While it's conservative on the outside, the interior makes a strong presentation, with rich materials and an upscale feel that's on par with recent Volkswagen products. GM has borrowed some of the design cues from its larger Malibu sedan, and the Cruze's cabin has an almost mid-size feel, with enough space for four adults (five in a pinch), plus excellent adjustability for drivers and a huge trunk.

 Powertrains are completely new; a base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine should perform reasonably well and return good fuel economy, but the star of the lineup is a new turbocharged 1.4-liter four that not only performs slightly better but gets higher EPA fuel economy numbers—up to 40 mpg highway in a new Cruze Eco model. A manual transmission is standard, though the modern six-speed automatic that's available doesn't sap performance like small-car automatics of the past. The Cruze rides and handles like a larger car, which is to say you probably won't call it nimble or tossable, but its isolated cabin and absorbent ride will please most day-to-day users.

Small-car shoppers are becoming a demanding lot. In addition to more space efficiency and improved comfort and refinement, they all want the latest tech-savvy features and aren't willing to skimp on the safety features. GM has recognized this with the Cruze, and Bluetooth and a USB port are offered on most models; there are a couple of navigation possibilities. GM expects top safety results as well from both U.S. testing authorities.


  • Excellent ride quality
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Tactile controls, pleasing materials
  • Awesome adjustability for short or tall drivers
  • Huge trunk


  • Conservative exterior
  • Awkwardly low climate controls
  • Doesn't at all feel sporty
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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
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