2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Driver Three Quarters
For a long, long time, it seemed that domestic automakers gave scant concern to compact cars, instead focusing their resources and energy on higher-margin vehicles like pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and big cars. Recently, however, spurred by escalating CAFE standards and shifting buyer preferences, American automakers (well, Ford and General Motors, at least) once again professed their dedication to building small that cars buyers will actually want.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Front End
One of the first is the Chevrolet Cruze. Granted, that may sound outrageous given the car's ignominious bloodline (Cobalt, Cavalier, Chevette, Vega, Corvair). One thing that helps is that the Cruze in not just an American offering: it launched more than a year ago in Europe, followed by rollouts in Korea and China, and this fall comes to North America as well as Eastern Europe and South America. It will be sold in 270 countries in all, and in most of those places, a car of this size is a much more esteemed machine than has been the case here.
Although a global vehicle, the Cruze is customized for each region. For instance, one North American exclusive is the volume engine, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. (A 136-hp, 1.8-liter normally aspirated four-cylinder powers the base LS sedan.) Developed in Europe and first seen in the Opel Astra, the 1.4-liter's output, 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, is actually a bit less than the outgoing Cobalt's 2.2-liter unit. But this turbo has the drivability of a much larger engine. Peak torque is available from only 1850 rpm, so you rarely have to wring it out (Chevrolet estimates a 0-to-60-mph time of 9.1 seconds). Throttle response isn't exactly eager, but the turbo comes on stream quickly and the boost is seamlessly integrated. In all but the Eco model, the 1.4-liter is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox is extremely well mannered; you see shifts in the movement of the tach needle more than you hear or feel them. Move the lever into the manual gate for manual shifts; there are no paddles.
The Eco model additionally offers the 1.4-liter with a six-speed manual (that combo likely will be more widely available next year). The Eco version sheds a few pounds with lighter-weight components (rear suspension pieces, wheels) and options restrictions. It also benefits from low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic aids. EPA figures aren't yet in for the Cruze, and Chevrolet is unwilling to provide its own estimates. It makes one exception, though, predicting that the Eco with the manual will get 40 mpg on the highway-which is a real accomplishment for a car of this size.
The Cruze is somewhat larger than the Cobalt, chiefly in width (almost three inches) and wheelbase (2.4 inches), less so in height (one inch) and length (0.5 inch). The cabin feels wide, and outward visibility, event to the rear, is good. The dash looks quite nice and has fewer buttons than the recent GM norm. Leather upholstery is available, which is good because you'll want to upgrade over the standard cloth. The front seats are firm, with prominent lateral bolsters that might be uncomfortable for larger drivers; six-way power adjustment (with manual recline) can be had on all models but the LS and the Eco. Rear-seat legroom is improved by nearly two inches over the Cobalt; a six-foot passenger can sit behind a six-foot driver, but space is only adequate. The rear seat cushion, though, is high enough off the floor to offer good under-thigh support, which is not the case in some much more expensive General Motors cars (Cadillac CTS, we're looking at you).
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Front Three Quarters
As for the Cruze's ride quality, Caddy comparisons are actually more apt than comparisons with the Cobalt. First of all, the car is quiet, with road and wind noise well suppressed. The turbo four's engine note isn't melodious, but you hardly hear it below 5000 rpm. We drove a 2LT with the optional sport suspension and seventeen-inch wheels, as well as an LTZ, in which the firmer chassis is standard, as are eighteen-inch aluminum wheels. The Cruze was responsive through the two-lane curves of Virginia horse country, and bump isolation was very good. The electric power steering, however, is overboosted, particularly at low speeds. Torque steer, happily, is a non-issue.
All this goodness doesn't come cheap -- or at least not free. The base LS may be only $605 more than the Cobalt LS, but the Cobalt's even-cheaper model is missing. And as you climb the price ladder, the premium escalates -- a 2LT, for instance, is $21,395, versus $18,560 for a Cobalt. However, the Cruze has more equipment and leaves the Cobalt in the dust, particularly its chassis and powertrain. It is a welcome, and long overdue, change in small-car execution from General Motors.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
On sale: September 2010
Base price range: $16,995-$22,695
Powertrain
Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged 16-valve DOHC I-4
Power: 138 hp @ 4900 rpm
Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 181.0 x 70.7 x 58.1 in
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Legroom F/R: 42.3/35.4 in
Headroom F/R: 39.3/37.9 in
Cargo capacity: 15.4 cu ft
Curb weight: 3300 lb (est.)
EPA fuel economy: N/A
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze is an all new compact four door that is offering a whole lot of features in a very small package. GM has never had a very successful small car and has many problems with their choices for the compact models they have offered. The Cruze hopefully proves to change Chevrolets track record and offer an award winning package to the public. This small sedan is going to be in direct competition with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus so the designers and engineers at Chevrolet knew they had their work cut out for themselves.

The Cruze comes with a 6 speed automatic transmission that is not even an option for most of the others in its class. OnStar, 4 airbags, built in navigation; XM Radio and a traction control system (StabiliTrack) all come standard on the most basic Cruze. Many of these options are not even offered little love bundled as standard feature on any of the other compacts in the Cruzes class. Not only that, but the Chevrolet Cruze is also the most fuel efficient in its class, claiming over 36 MPG on the highway this may be the car to beat in the compact class this year.
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The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler are being investigated for fires after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received two complaints about the compact sedan and eight reports regarding the SUV.
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Diesel vehicles are no longer taboo in the U.S., and The Detroit News reports that consumer interest in the oil-burning alternatives could continue to grow in the coming years.
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General Motors reported yet another month of success in September 2011, with monthly sales up 20 percent year-over-year to 207,145 vehicles. Once again, rapid sales of the Chevrolet Cruze compact helped pad GM’s sales release, in addition to increasing demand for its perennial bread-and-butter: pickup trucks. GM’s truck sales climbed 34.3 percent over September 2010.
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Though some have pegged the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu as a potential game-changer for the U.S. market, the car’s impact could be even more far-reaching as the mid-size sedan will also be offered in Europe for the first time. European models typically have diesel engines available alongside gasoline offerings, and the Malibu will be no exception, as a four-cylinder diesel option has been announced for the European market.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Side In Motion
The Chevy Cruze ECO achieves a commendable 42 mpg, but does so with such drastic measures such as ultra-low rolling resistance tires and the lack of a spare tire. But General Motors hopes to make the Cruze a fun-to-drive gas sipper by offering a powertrain not often found in domestic compact cars.

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Certified Pre Owned Price
$12,000

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Specifications

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Engine
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
Horsepower:
136 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
123 ft lb of torque @ 3800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STEERING
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES. DURING MANUFACTURING THE STEERING WHEEL COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY FASTENED AND MAY DETACH FROM THE STEERING COLUMN.
Consequences
SHOULD THE STEERING WHEEL DETACH FROM THE STEERING COLUMN WHILE DRIVING, THE DRIVER COULD LOSE THE ABILITY TO STEER THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO ENSURE THAT THE STEERING WHEEL IS ASSEMBLED PROPERLY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FOR YOU FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
2,100
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STEERING:COLUMN
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES. DURING MANUFACTURING THE STEERING WHEEL COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY FASTENED AND MAY DETACH FROM THE STEERING COLUMN.
Consequences
SHOULD THE STEERING WHEEL DETACH FROM THE STEERING COLUMN WHILE DRIVING, THE DRIVER COULD LOSE THE ABILITY TO STEER THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO ENSURE THAT THE STEERING WHEEL IS ASSEMBLED PROPERLY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FOR YOU FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
2,100
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 2, 2009, THROUGH APRIL 21, 2011. THE BOLT ATTACHING THE INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT TO THE STEERING GEAR INPUT SHAFT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY INSTALLED.
Consequences
THIS COULD ALLOW THE SHAFTS TO SEPARATE, RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF STEERING. LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF REQUIRED, REPAIR THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT/STEERING GEAR ASSEMBLY TO ASSURE THE BOLT IS FULLY SEATED AND THE SHAFT PROPERLY ASSEMBLED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 23, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
128,911
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 6, 2009, THROUGH APRIL 27, 2011 AND EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 102, 'TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER SEQUENCE, STARTER INTERLOCK, AND TRANSMISSION BRAKING EFFECT,' AND FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 114, 'THEFT PROTECTION.' THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH A TRANSMISSION SHIFT LINKAGE THAT IS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED. IF THE LINKAGE IS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED, THE PRNDL SHIFT LEVER MAY NOT ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION OF THE TRANSMISSION GEAR. WITH THIS CONDITION, THE DRIVER COULD MOVE THE SHIFTER TO PARK AND REMOVE THE IGNITION KEY, BUT THE TRANSMISSION GEAR MAY NOT BE IN PARK.
Consequences
THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL AWAY AFTER THE DRIVER HAS EXITED THE VEHICLE, RESULTING IN A POSSIBLE CRASH WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LINKAGE FOR CORRECT INSTALLATION AND ADJUST THE SHIFT LINKAGE SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 23, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
100,308
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 AND 2012 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 2, 2009, THROUGH MAY 31, 2012. SPILLED OR DRIPPING OIL (SUCH AS AFTER AN OIL CHANGE) MAY COLLECT IN THE ENGINE SHIELD (BELLYPAN) NEAR HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST SYSTEM SURFACES. AS A RESULT, THE OIL AND THE ENGINE SHIELD MAY IGNITE AND BURN.
Consequences
EITHER CONDITION COULD RESULT IN AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE, POSSIBLY CAUSING INJURY OR DEATH.
Remedy
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE ENGINE SHIELD TO PREVENT FLUID FROM CONTACTING THE SHIELD. ALSO, ON VEHICLES WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION, DEALERS WILL APPLY A PROTECTIVE TAPE TO THE ELECTRONIC POWER STEERING WIRE HARNESS. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE TO THE OWNER. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 10, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE CHEVROLET OWNER CENTER AT 1-866-694-6546.
Potential Units Affected
413,148
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:MOUNTING
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 AND 2012 CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 2, 2009, THROUGH MAY 14, 2012. ATTACHMENT WELDS FOR THE FUEL TANK STRAP SECONDARY BRACKETS MAY HAVE BEEN OMITTED.
Consequences
THE FUEL TANK COULD COME LOOSE IN A CRASH, POSSIBLY ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK FROM THE TANK. A FUEL LEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE VEHICLE FOR MISSING WELDS. IF THE VEHICLE IS MISSING WELDS, DEALERS WILL SECURE THE BRACKET ATTACHMENTS WITH FASTENERS. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 9, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE CHEVROLET OWNER CENTER AT 1-866-694-6546.
Potential Units Affected
53,239
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST
Summary
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with 1.4L DOHC gasoline turbo engines and 6T40 front wheel drive automatic transmissions and equipped with an electric vacuum pump to provide supplemental vacuum for brake assist, when needed. In the affected vehicles, the pump may not activate, resulting in an intermittent reduction or loss of brake assist.
Consequences
A loss of braking assistance will require extra pedal force and/or distance to bring the vehicle to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly, free of charge. The recall began on October 7, 2013. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's recall number is 12213.
Potential Units Affected
292,879
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Depreciation
20.3%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$5,684
20.3%
Insurance
$6,405
22.9%
Fuel Cost
$9,216
32.9%
Financing
$1,269
4.5%
Maintenance
$3,447
12.3%
Repair Costs
$1,669
6%
State Fees
$321
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $28,011 What's This?
Value Rating: Average