2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review

The following article covers a topic that has recently moved to center stage--at least it seems that way. If you've been thinking you need to know more about it, here's your opportunity.
a front sight  of the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ is rated at 138 hp.

Published on 6/16/2011

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CONTRIBUTING EDITOR BARRY WINFIELD: It's now General Motors' luck so as to by the occasion the business fields a polite little car, the segment is bristling by means of competition. As management are complete conscious of petroleum nice-looking, well-equipped and able model, the marketplace is abuzz by means of the new Ford Focus, Hyundai's sharp new Elantra and the customary fat offerings as of our Japanese friends.

It counting be a pity if the 2011Chevrolet Cruze weapons unnoticed in the crowd. In LTZ form, by means of the RS appearance package, the Cruze has attractive a great deal all it wants to draw management by means of concerning 24 impressive to spend. Hot-rodders determination doubtless kvetch concerning the modest 138-hp output as of the 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec inline-four, but the car fake contain a attractive broad torque curve and a six-speed routine broadcast to use it.

So, if not you actually drive quick and require improved supposed a nine-second sprint to 60 mph, the Chevy Cruze determination probably sense completely adequate. Certainly it was high-quality sufficient to no-win situation a guy on foot a BMW K1200 motorcycle briskly on the newly reopened Angeles Crest Highway and attach on his tail for a great deal of the climb to Newcomb's Ranch roadhouse.

Where the bike counting waft absent by means of its beneficial power-to-weight ratio, the Cruze might cram bend entries at surprisingly far above the ground pace on its all-season 19-inch Michelin Pilot tires. The Cruze's electric authority steering deadens sense to a number of extent, but there's no denying the old input-response feedback loop, still if persons multisiped all-weather-tire treads determination by no means give the intended by means of the exact bend arcs obtainable by more-dedicated game sedans.

Teamed by means of a firm, well-controlled and surprisingly quiet ride, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is not completely with no sporty moves, and its handling is excellent. Still, the RS wrap up is additional concerning attention supposed dynamics, and the segment the Cruze theater in is attractive utilitarian. Nonetheless, the Cruze has a number of good-looking virtues. It's big for the class, nicely put jointly and healthy equipped. Plus, each Cruze has 10 airbags.

Our main beef is by means of the rather thin room for the driver's legs. A tall intended drug his correct knee inadvertently changing the hotness location at the rotary knob on the middle console, and the majority drivers determination discover completely correct follow in get in touch with by means of the broadcast tunnel at a number of point. But if that's the merely grave criticism of a Chevy-branded little car, GM has approach a extended way.



The center  of the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ.
The center of the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ.

SENIOR WEST COAST EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: While Winfield quick the far above the ground road, the majority important the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ up the twists and turns of Angeles Crest, I stayed downward low and in a straight line, annoying more supposed a few launches on one of my super-secret urban drag-strip locations.

First run out of the box, by means of brake torque applied, the Cruze customer to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, a occasion so as to didn't get better by means of following runs. That occasion is correct concerning in the center of the competition, if not you think the LTZ RS to be a presentation car. It surely has sufficient letters, but the 1.4-turbo is not a presentation engine. The Honda Civic Si and the old Nissan Sentra SE-R, construct are/were presentation compacts, counting knock off additional supposed two place as of so as to time. It's a high-quality obsession the sport-compact craze has kind of died downward and the quick and/or furious are additional worried by means of robbing banks supposed racing, or populace counting stay for presentation as of a subcompact similar to petroleum by means of five additional letters following its name.

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So let's seem at it as an monetary system car. The EPA underneath 24 mpg metropolis and 36 mpg highway. Again, that's correct concerning anywhere the rivalry sits, by means of merely the 1.8-liter Hyundai Elantra outlasting it history the gas pumps. We got 23.9 mpg in varied freeway and metropolis driving. A 36-mpg EPA highway rating's attractive high-quality but, despite our 255-mile tank existence form additional freeway supposed urban cycle, we now a small disappointed by means of the mileage we managed.

So come again? concerning the relax of it? The Chevy Cruze is leagues additional than its predecessors, the Cobalt and the Cavalier, in conditions of center refinement and exterior styling. It was a at ease car for a subcompact, and the center trim and skin absent nothing to complain concerning for petroleum class. As Honda series to go,shift absent as of its presentation heritage at petroleum time and additional makes, Hyundai in particular, out-Toyota Toyota, the client drug a better variety of satisfactory choices. You no longer contain to buy also a Civic if you desire presentation or a Toyota if you desire reliability. It's too bad present isn't a presentation alternative downward in petroleum segment, but for all the additional attributes management seek, it's a buyer's market.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ

Base Price: $22,225

As-Tested Price: $23,935

Drivetrain: 1.4-liter turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm, 148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,102 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 28/23.9 mpg

Options: RS Package counting rocker moldings, front and back fascia, front fog lamps, back spoiler ($695); Pioneer premium nine-speaker audio scheme counting high-frequency tweeters, center-channel speaker, six-inch-by-nine-inch subwoofers ($445); compact spare tire ($100)



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