New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Offers Compact Car Value
New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Styling
The Cruze is exponentially more attractive then the vehicle it is replacing (the discontinued Chevrolet Cobalt). Without being overly aggressive, GM's engineers have managed to put a vehicle that is both familiar and distinctive all at once. Soft, rounded edges and a mild sporty undertone should appeal to a wide audience.
New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Interior
Inside, the Cruze offers an inviting interior that is far more luxurious than its bargain pricing would suggest. While a few cheap materials still remain, the overall quality is above average for the class. The base LS model comes standard with a bevy of features that include full power accessories, air conditioning, 8-way adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, OnStar, CD player, auxiliary input and 6-speaker stereo.
When it comes to roominess, the Cruze delivers in spades. In fact, it offers some of the best rear seat proportions in the compact class. As such, if you're looking for mid-size roominess at a compact price, then the Cruze just might be the car for you. At 15 cubic feet of storage space, the trunk continues the Cruze's mantra that more is better.
New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Performance
There is perhaps no other compact car that offers a better combination of zippy performance and impressive fuel efficiency. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine offers 136 horsepower, which is competitive for the class. The upper-tier models boast a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 138 horsepower. Both engines deliver sharp handling and decent acceleration.
Despite the competitive engine performance, the Cruze promises to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid small car for 2011. A special Chevrolet Cruze Eco model incorporates a number of fuel-efficiency technologies to offer a maximum of 40 mpg on the highway. In comparison, most competitors post highway numbers in the 30 to 35 mpg range.
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New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Safety
The Chevy Cruze will come standard with front-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rear drum brakes and stability control. It also boasts a class-leading ten airbags - including knee airbags for both front passengers. While crash tests have yet to be performed, Chevy's attentive focus on safety features should result in good ratings.
New 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Pricing
The new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will come with a base price of $16,995. While there are more affordable options in the small vehicle class, the Cruze comes stocked with a high number of standard features that make it well worth the price. Still, if you're looking to save some money, you might look into the new Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit. For improved engine performance, consider test-driving the Mazda MAZDA3 and Volkswagen Golf.
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