2011 Chevy Cruze: Downsizing Done Right

By Editors on February 6, 2009 8:14 AM
We've seen Chevy's all-new compact Cruze before, but not in North America in U.S. production trim. Now a 2011 model after cost cutting delayed its development, this is the critically important global small car GM says will be far better and more fuel efficient than the Chevy Cobalt it will replace here. (We believe it.) Powered by a new (optional) 140-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four through a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission, Chevy says it will deliver better fuel economy than current segment leader Cobalt XFE, which is EPA rated at 37 miles per gallon highway. Wider and longer than most compacts, the Cruze's arching roofline helps give it a sporty, coupe-like look. Inside, the Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit cabin has top-notch fits and materials for this class. Electronic stability control with rollover sensing will be standard, as will a lower-cost 1.8-liter four.
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