2012 Chevrolet Cruze: Exterior
One of the first things you notice about the Chevrolet Cruze is that you notice it. That's not a redundant sentence - the Cruze is a compact sedan that rises above the anonymity that previously plagued the affordable car segment thanks to its bold design and pleasing proportions. A lowered stance gives the Chevrolet a performance flair, thanks to the sport suspension that comes standard with the 2LT trim level, and the RS package enhances the Cruze's chiseled sheet metal by adding side skirts, a rear spoiler and aggressive bumpers front and rear.
The aerodynamic improvements made by the RS package are joined by sculpted fog lamps sunk into the lower front molding, a discrete red "RS" badge on the lower front fenders and, on the model we drove, five-spoke 18-inch wheels that help round out the small car's visual impact. It's interesting to note that a mere five years ago, 18-inch wheels and tires were reserved for GM's sport sedans. Modern style now demands big rubber and rims on even the most practical of commuters.