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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Review - First Drive



Never mind the Cobalt. Forget you ever heard the name Cavalier. The newest compact C-car from Chevrolet is the Cruze – a globally engineered vehicle designed not just to compete in the growing small-car segment, but to win.

And for the first time, well, ever, this isn’t just marketing hype behind a lackluster model with a typically low-grade interior.

Already on sale in 60 countries worldwide, this global platform still has a few surprises for its North American debut. Most notably is the launch of a new turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, designed to deliver the power and driving experience of a larger powerplant with class leading fuel economy. In fact, Chevy claims an ECO model (with a 6-speed manual transmission) will get 40-mpg on the highway. An automatic ECO model will get slightly less, with standard models most likely in the mid 30s range – although no official numbers have yet to be released.

The engine looks tiny in the cavernous space under the hood, its puny turbocharger about the size of a fist. Yet despite its size, the 1.4 delivers both power and fuel economy. During our day with the Cruze, we registered an average of 27-mpg (under what can easily be considered harder than average driving conditions). As for power, the little engine makes a total of 138-hp and 148 ft-lbs of torque, with that torque number coming on strong at 1850 rpm.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-22-2010, 05:38 AM
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Not for me

I test drove the Cruze last weekend, an Automatic with the Turbo, and yawn...

I tried the manual shift mode out and that left a lot to be desired. And the pick up was way under what I was expecting. From a stop, foot to the floor, you got several sequences of odd noises, like an old person struggeling to get up some stairs. Then after a few seconds the care would start to move, and get up over 30 mph. The ride was choppy, and while there was ok power to move from 50 mph to 65 mph, it still wasnt a ton of power.

Overall the interior felt cheap, oddly not as cheap as the Camaros interior.

On an upside, it is better than the Cobalt, it has tons of room, tons of airbags, and does look good.


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I would likely save 1/2 the money and buy a used V6 G6 instead.
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I just don't understand why Chevy has to offer two engine options that offer similar power. I'd think Chevy would save more money by focusing on one engine.
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I just don't understand why Chevy has to offer two engine options that offer similar power. I'd think Chevy would save more money by focusing on one engine.
And focus on getting the turbo right in this car, major turbo fail in this thing. I had to check the sticker to make sure it really had one.
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And focus on getting the turbo right in this car, major turbo fail in this thing. I had to check the sticker to make sure it really had one.
It's a Cruze LT and LTZ... it's not meant to be "fast" If they can get it right with the cobalt SS then I'm sure if/when they decide to produce a Cruze SS it'll provide all the power you need. The Cruze base model is an economy car and has no need for a large turbo.

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It's a Cruze LT and LTZ... it's not meant to be "fast" If they can get it right with the cobalt SS then I'm sure if/when they decide to produce a Cruze SS it'll provide all the power you need. The Cruze base model is an economy car and has no need for a large turbo.
I can get around the idea that this car wasn't meant to go fast, I figured with a turbo in such a small car that it would be fast. Either way, the fact still remains that I drove a Cruze with 5 miles on it and a turbo, and when I put the pedal down it made lots of weird noises, none of which were good, and yes I know what a turbo sounds like, and I never heard that, just weird transmission and engine noises. The car looks cool, and has a decent interior but the engine sucks for everything, even if you get over the slowness, it makes sounds that would make you want to take it to your mechanic and ask him if it was ok or now.
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Yeah but it's a small turbo on a very small motor. It's also tuned for reliability and mpg not performance. I'm sure GM will have something special for the SS model =)

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2012 Chevy Cruze Hatchback was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show

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According to General Motors, 65% of all compact cars sold in Europe are hatchback versions. That is why the company decided to build a hatchback. The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze five-door hatchback (HB5) was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The new vehicle attracts the customers with useful rear cargo space, better fuel economy, sportier and sleeker body with front and rear overhangs comparing to the previous four-door version.

The new body style looks sharper and sportier, with short overhangs. In profile, the sloped roofline, spoiler, and steep rear glass create a look akin to that of the Subaru Impreza hatchback. There are even LED front accent lights, but whether they will make the leap from this show car to production is unknown.


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I'm considering trading my G6 for a Cruze, but after reading this I'm having second thoughts about it.

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I'm considering trading my G6 for a Cruze, but after reading this I'm having second thoughts about it.
I absolutely hate the cruze. My mom had to rent one after someone wrecked her grand prix gt. I figured is drive it to keep the miles of the g6 due to commuting 100 miles a day at the time. I drove it to work and then had my dad come swap me out and give me my g6 back. It has no get up and go even for having a turbo and then when you do step on it, it makes the wierdest noises. As mentioned before. Yes it was a rental, but the car had 15 miles on it so of course we were the first to use it.



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Thank you for replying. I'm supposed to go check one out, but I think I'll back out of it. For a 2011 1LT(I think it is) they want my 2010 g6 gt with 35,300 miles plus $10,000.

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