Get ready to Shift into Cruze Control: 2011 Chevy Cruze
The all New Chevy Cruze seeks to out do competitors in power, space and affordability. Take a peak inside.
Get out of the way Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla there is a New, larger, more powerful and refined compact Chevrolet that has arrived at our dealership: the 2011 Chevy Cruze.
At the introduction last week in Toronto, Kevin Williams, president of General Motors Canada, told us that the Cruze is “the most important product in the history of GM.”
He went on to say that GM “needed a change” and that the Chevy Cruze is the “best designed and built compact in the Automotive World.” The new GM is more humble and has placed their customers’ needs first and this new direction seems to be paying off.
2011 Chevy Cruze : Stat Lines
Cruze challenges conventional compact wisdom with one simple word: more. Its cavernous, quiet interior and beautifully sculpted exterior feel like luxury. Cruze is filled with performance, safety and technology features you won’t believe come in a compact. Want more? How about 10 standard air bags(4) and OnStar®(5) Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for the first six months. And there is still more to the “more”.
- Quality and durability
- Fuel economy
- Performance, ride and handling
- Interior refinement and room
- RS Appearance Package
- Cruze vs. the Competition
- Awards and accolades
4 million miles of testing
The Cruze blueprint chose solutions over sacrifices, and then fine-tuned each one over 4 million miles of durability testing. When we wanted to test handling and braking, where better than on the ice and snow of Scandinavia? Cruze proved itself in some hostile environments: continuous driving in the heat of the Arabian Desert, high-altitude in the Alps, intense moisture in Thailand and more. Then it was put through the paces on some of the best test tracks in the world, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany. Cruze is one of the most tested vehicles in Chevrolet history, and that’s why we guarantee the quality with a 100,000 mile/5-year Powertrain Warranty(3).
Cruze is not just trying to compete with other compacts, it’s looking for the decisive victory. And it is not just in standard fuel economy that Cruze has the competition beat. Check out the chart on the right and see why Cruze is the more complete option.
Fuel-saving technology most compacts don’t offer
Cruze has solutions that most compacts don’t offer. One is standard six-speed transmissions, like the manual in Cruze LS that helps offer 26 MPG city and 36 highway(6). Cruze LT and LTZ have a six-speed automatic transmission and the 1.4L turbocharged engine. It’s a performance increase that still helps Cruze offer 36 MPG highway(6). Coming late 2010, Cruze ECO is expected to offer up to 40 MPG highway(7). That’s better standard highway fuel economy than 2011 Ford Focus or 2010 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla offer(8).
Sophisticated performance, ride and handling
How do you create an efficient car that’s fun to drive? It has to start with the engine. The available 1.4L turbocharged engine is the ideal size — small yet powerful — designed for efficiency without compromising performance. It delivers 138 horsepower and accelerates with authority. Cruze takes on tight corners with rack-mounted electric power steering and a race-proven Z-link rear suspension(9). It’s a driving experience you might not expect in a compact. And that’s the point.
Generous room and comfort
Cruze only seems like a compact from the outside. Inside, it’s a different story. The cavernous interior of Cruze not only has more room than Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, but it also has more cargo space too. That’s something to brag about, but Cruze chooses to go about things quietly in the interior. It’s designed with 30 distinct acoustical treatments — including a triple-sealed, acoustic-laminated glass windshield — to create a serene interior.
The “more” approach to safety
Cruze engineers applied the same philosophy to safety that they did to everything else. That’s why Cruze comes with 10 standard air bags(11) — to help protect heads, chests and knees. It comes with a high-strength steel safety cage and roof crush resistance that outperforms the requirements. Best of all, every Cruze comes protected and connected by OnStar®(5) with the Directions & Connections Plan® — including Automatic Crash Response — standard for the first six months.
It’s great to have the latest gadgets and modern technology, but they can get lost if they’re not put in the right places. And since Cruze has so much standard and available technology, designers had to take a fresh approach to console design. The result is ergonomic and sharp-looking — everything is right where you can see it, touch it and use it.
Bluetooth® wireless technology(12) for select phones is standard in 2LT and LTZ and available in every other Cruze. Take calls with the touch of a button on the steering wheel-mounted controls.
The USB port(13), standard in 2LT and LTZ and available in every other Cruze, connects your MP3 player to the audio system. You can even plug in a music-loaded flash drive into the USB port.
Put wrong turns behind you with OnStar(5) Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for the first six months. Get upcoming turns and street names displayed on the Driver Information Center or hear directions from the automated voice.
Get real-time diagnostic info — fuel remaining, fluid levels and more — right to your smart phone. It even has a long-range remote start(14), remote unlock and destination download that works with OnStar(5) Turn-by-Turn Navigation (standard for the first six months).
Have your adventures in Cruze going forward, not in reverse. The available Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist can detect certain stationary objects behind you when moving at low speeds. It will warn you about things that might go bump in the driveway.
Get a headstart in the morning or at quitting time. Just hit the button on your key fob and start your Cruze remotely. On a cold day, nothing beats getting into an already-warm car. Standard on 2LT and LTZ, available on 1LT and Eco(15).
XM Radio(16) with three trial months is standard. Enjoy commercial-free music, sports, news and talk, comedy, family programming and more from coast-to-coast.
Combines 250 watts of power with crystal-clear high-frequency tweeters, a live staging center-channel speaker and 6″ x 9″ subwoofers for a 9-speaker sonic experience. Available on 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.
RS Appearance Package
Cruze has a distinct look — one you won’t see in other cars in its class. The beveled hood, the sharp angles and sculpted fenders are details generally reserved for luxury vehicles. Not anymore. And you can make great look even better with the RS Package, available for LT and LTZ.
- Unique fascias
- Rocker moldings
- Rear spoiler
- Uplevel instrument cluster