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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
navigation system with a hard drive that can store MP3 files and allows you to pause and resume a radio broadcast
The center stack's flush-capped audio cluster is effortless to understand and use.
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All this goodness doesn't come cheap
the Cruze wins as far as feel, features, and driver-friendliness
All 2011 Cruze models (at a starting price of just $16,995) include keyless entry, power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system with auxiliary input, and a six-month subscription to OnStar's Directions and Connections services. We got a chance to use the last feature for help in finding our way back into the city after making a wrong turn, and we found the service, in which an operator answers and beams navigation directions to the car, tremendously useful. Once the directions are in, the vehicle will correct if you miss another turn.
Mid-range LT models add items like a USB port, Bluetooth, and remote start, while the LTZ, which we spent the most time with (ours stickered at less than $23,000), gets automatic climate control, heated mirrors, park assist, and a snazzier gauge cluster, as well as optional heated seats. A real screen-based nav system is also on offer.
LT models are split into 1LT and 2LT, confusingly. The 1LT adds chrome wheels and power rearview mirrors, while the 2LT brings 16-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, cruise control, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, and steering-wheel audio controls. Heated front seats will be included as part of a Touring Package that's optional on the 1LT.
The Eco model slots above the 1LT but doesn't include all the features of the 2LT. Then the top LTZ includes 18-inch flangeless alloys, four-wheel discs, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, rear park assist, and an upgraded gauge cluster and interior trims.
Although the top-of-the-line 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT and LTZ models come with the most goodies, the entire lineup won't disappoint.