The all-new 2011 Cruze is the latest compact sedan from Chevrolet. It replaces the Cobalt, but is a completely different animal.
The Cruze shares its attractive styling cues with other Chevy offerings, notably the Malibu. The distinctive split front grille is found on other new cars in the company portfolio.
Available only as a 4-door sedan, the Cruze comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. The LS is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, which produces 136 hp at 6,300 rpm. The unit is mated to standard 6-speed manual transmission, though a 6-speed automatic is available. Cars outfitted in LT or LTZ trim utilize a 138-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder, paired with the 6-speed automatic. The direct-injection engine delivers 148 ft-lb of torque at 1,850 rpm, and Chevrolet estimates it can deliver 40mpg on the highway.
The LS is very much an economy model, and standard features include steel wheels, manual mirrors, an AM/FM/CD 6-speaker stereo with MP3 playback and an auxiliary jack, XM satellite radio, cloth seating and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat. Air conditioning, power locks and windows and remote keyless entry are all standard on the LS as well.
The LT is split into two sub-trims: 1LT and 2LT. In addition to the turbo engine and auto gearbox, 16-inch steel wheels come standard, as do silver interior accents, remote start, a leather-clad steering wheel and power mirrors.
Stepping up to the LTZ adds niceties like a rear parking aid, power-adjustable driver's seat, leather seating, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, electrochromic rearview mirror, heated side mirrors, climate control, a sport suspension, alloy wheels and performance tires.
Available options for the Cruze include navigation with a 40-gigabyte hard drive, 9-speaker Pioneer stereo, heated leather seats and fog lamps.
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability, graphical display
Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack, located in center console
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints
1LT/1XF Interior Appearance includes LS Interior Appearance content plus Polar Silver accent rings on door speaker covers
Seat trim, Premium cloth
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding with adjustable head restraints on all 3 positions
Seat adjuster, driver 8-way manual
Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way manual
Console, center with sliding armrest, storage, front and rear 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and dual cup holders
Center stack, integrated with ambient LED back lighting
Cup holders 2 in front center console, 2 in rear seat armrest and 1 bottle holder in each front door panel
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, located in center console
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, 3-spoke, comfort grip
Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
Oil life monitoring system
Windows, power with Express-Down on all and driver Express Up
Door locks, power
Key, primary foldable, additional foldable
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent system with anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer
Air conditioning, single-zone electronic includes air filter
Rear air ducts, floor mounted
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Glovebox, auxiliary, center dash
Armrest, rear center, articulating, with dual cup holders
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
Lighting, interior dome with theater dimming, dual map lights, illuminated trunk area
Convenience hooks, rear
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, frontal driver and frontal front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, front height adjustable
Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger, dual
Door locks, rear child security, power
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats