The 2011 Cruze affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles, with new, small-displacement four-cylinder engines. The Cruze is expected to deliver segment-leading fuel economy — up to 40 mpg on the highway.
The 2011 Chevy Cruze’s design is distinguished with a bold face — including a two-tier grille. An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars to give the car a sporty, coupe-like proportion.
The sporty aesthetic is seen in prominent headlamp housings that wrap around the corners and sweep upward in the fenders and sculpted hood, as well as a short rear deck typically found on sports coupes.
Cruze’s bold design cues and attention to detail carry over to the interior, where a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit motif is matched with high-quality materials and exceptional assembly tolerances. Grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels exude a quality that is uncommon in the segment.
Cruze’s Ecotec 1.4L turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions. It is standard on Cruze LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard on LS models is an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder engine.
Backing the 2011 Cruze’s new four-cylinder engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. With the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, Cruze’s fuel efficiency enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles so it can go longer between fill-ups.
Base model estimated mpg: 26/36
Estimated starting price: $16,995
Compiled by Motor Matters

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