2011 Chevrolet Cruze Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Based on GM’s global Delta platform, the large Cruze compact sedan replaces the unloved Cobalt. Suspension is MacPherson strut/coil spring front suspension and z-link torsion beam rear, and the optional turbocharged four is all-new. Cruze is designed to elevate Chevy’s small car reputation, with interior design and materials designed to be a step up from the midsize Malibu.
The Chevrolet Cruze for 2011 has front-drive and is a midrange alternative to the Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cruze is emblematic of GM’s transitioning and a symbol of the company’s rebirth following its financial difficulties from a few years back. Regardless of the fact that the carmaker has failed to profit on smaller vehicles, GM is still trying to profit from their four-door Cruze sedans.
The Cruze has a midsized car trunk space, and the base configuration, originally offered in 2009, comes with a 1.8 L four-cylinder motor that could be improved since it delivers substandard performance. The Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 181 inches long. It has a height of 51.8 inches and its wheelbase dimensions are 105 inches.
Entering the United States car market, the Cruze comes with a 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder motor as an option for car buyers; the latter competes against Hondas and Toyotas. An eco-friendly configuration hosting aerodynamic modifications including a six speed manual transmission, a .4 inch lowered body, and lower grille shutters. It passes EPA testing since it delivers 27/40 mpg.
The efficiently packaged sedan features an arched roofline and a relatively long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs. As if from Chevrolet’s heyday, tailored lines make the Cruze look more expensive than it is.
Like the Malibu, the high trim-level LTZ features two-tone interior and heated leather seats. Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, XM satellite radio, OnStar, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Pioneer audio system are among the options.
The Cruz ECO model has less sound-deadening than other versions, saving about 275 pounds. Its low-rolling resistance tires squeal easily in tight corners while its taller gearing lengthens its acceleration times. The Cruze LTZ with its standard 18-inch wheels is the sport sedan version, sacrificing some ride quality for sharp handling. The LT with the base suspension nicely compromises ride and handling.
Chevy claims a class-leading 10 airbags, including front, side curtain bags, front and rear outboard seat airbags, and knee bags, first in its class. StabiliTrak with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes is standard.
Engines: 1.8L I-4, 1.4L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ, ECO
EPA Fuel Economy
LS, LT, LTZ (1.8L): 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway (automatic)
LS, LT, LTZ (1.4L): 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway (automatic)