• (4.0) 151 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,189$11,985
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 29-34
  • Engine: 138-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Our Take on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze is an all-new compact sedan for the U.S., replacing the Chevrolet Cobalt. It boasts a larger interior than both its predecessor and most competitors in its price class. The Cruze marks the first compact car to reflect the higher-quality approach GM has taken with many other models'... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No coupe or hatchback
  • Drum rear brakes
  • Lower mileage with automatic
  • Eco model not cheap
  • Styling reactions mixed

Notable Features

  • New model replaces Cobalt
  • Sedan body style
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter engine
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • 10 airbags
  • High-mileage Eco model

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

I'm used to label-reading as a part of motherhood and that now extends to cars. The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is an excellent example of this. What makes it an "Eco"? I thought it would be some sort of hybrid, but it's not. It's a trim level with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can get more than 40 mpg highway depending on the transmission. The 2011 Chevy Cruze ... Read full review for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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Consumer Reviews

4.0

Average based on 151 reviews

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by mike from springboro ohio on May 26, 2011

steering is tight and sure. seats are supportive and comfortable. entering highways no problem getting up to speed. passing gear lags a little until turbo kicks in.early start revs about 2K until warm... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

Front
M
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Overall evaluation
M
Retraints and dummy kinematics
M
Structure and safety cage
P

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 9 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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