Some of the worst compact cars Chevrolet have ever built started with the letter C. No, this isn’t an exercise in learning your alphabet courtesy of “Sesame Street.” This notion merely represents the long line of Chevettes, Cavaliers, Citations and Cobalts that seemed to prove the notion that American automakers couldn’t possibly build a good small car. Despite sharing the first same letter in its name, the 2011 Chevy Cruze came and changed all that overnight.
In past years, Chevy compact cars were usually only chosen by people after they approached the Alamo or Hertz rental car counter, but the 2011 Chevy Cruze is so impressively built, stylish, economical and decent fun to drive that you may want to buy one with your own money. Yes, that stuff you keep in the Jonas Brothers piggy bank you claim belongs to your kids.
Without question, the 2011 Cruze is easily Chevrolet’s best small car that they have ever built, but what truly surprises is that the car competes with the front runners in its class and not just the ones that hang in the mid-pack such as a 2011 Kia Forte or 2011 VW Jetta. Quite frankly, we think it belongs on your compact family sedan shortlist.
We like the 2011 Chevy Cruze so much that even though the 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Hyundai Elantra and 2012 Honda Civic have all recently stolen a bit of its media thunder lately we would still highly recommend you buy one. Even though a fully loaded Cruze LTZ with every luxury item can reach $26,000, we are going to help you see how easy it is to be perfectly happy with a 2LT model that sticks closer to $22,000.
Thankfully, however, public awareness of this affordable, efficient, safe, luxurious feeling and unfailingly agile economy car (more on that later) is at an all-time high. Monthly sales figures have the 2011 Chevy Cruze demonstrating tremendous sales growth over the last generation Cobalt and are finally competing on a scale with the imports. So, is the 2011 Chevy Cruze the answer to your prayers of fuel efficiency and affordable monthly payments? It very well could be.