2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Introduction
For most of the last two decades, Honda and Toyota have teamed up to dominate the compact car segment, but there is a resurgence in this market driven by more than just affordability. Take the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, for example. Chevy’s previous offering in this class, the Cobalt, was hardly a contender in its class, while the new-for-2011 Cruze helped lead the assault on the perennial class-leading Corolla and Civic. Instead of focusing solely on price, the 2011 Chevy Cruze is a complete package standing toward the top of its class in terms of safety, fuel economy, styling and comfort. Chevrolet dropped off its new Cruze for this weeklong road test and review in the top-of-the-line Cruze LTZ trim level.
Assembled in Lordstown, Ohio, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is on sale now at your local Chevrolet dealership with a starting MSRP of $16,525. With four available trim levels (LS, LT, Eco and LTZ), the Cruze LTZ has the highest price that tops out at $22,225. Factoring in the options and destination charge, the 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ used for this review had an as-tested price of $23,240. Considering that pricing out some other compact vehicles on the market can run well about this amount, the Cruze LTZ test vehicle represents a remarkable value while still delivering impressive quality.