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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Consumer Reviews

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Great Car

by from Wisconsin on March 29, 2011

I get a kick out of people that take a look at my new Cruze and say, " Yeah, it looks nice but it's a Chevy." I spent nearly 3 months researching, test driving, and reading reviews like this one on pr...
I get a kick out of people that take a look at my new Cruze and say, " Yeah, it looks nice but it's a Chevy." I spent nearly 3 months researching, test driving, and reading reviews like this one on pretty much every car in this price range. BY FAR, the best car out there. I've had my Chevy Cruze LT for about 4 months now, and I love it!! USB for my Ipod, Hands free calling, OnStar, Cruise Control and Radio controls on the steering wheel, I average 30.2 mpg with mixed driving, 6 speed auto, 10 AIR BAGS(no one else has that). The interior is amazingly stunning. The only things I would possibly say bad about it is they could do something more edgy or aggressive with the back end. It seems a little blah. And the transmission could use some refinement. Not by any means deal breakers. Open your mind and don't be a fool who thinks you can only get good cars from foreign automakers, CHEVY has the best one right here.
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Couldn't be more impressed or happier

by from Motor City, MI on February 7, 2011

I compared this car with the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. I've always owned Pontiacs but with them closing, I was pretty open in my search. After looking over and driving the other cars, I kept goi...
I compared this car with the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. I've always owned Pontiacs but with them closing, I was pretty open in my search. After looking over and driving the other cars, I kept going back to the Cruze. The ride and handling are GREAT and I really like the style. I purchased the base LS for under the $18K sticker. My MPG's are very close to EPA est. and get lots of compliments on the style. Also, a lot of accessories included in base model. My only concern is that it's a 1st year model so I'm not sure about reliability. Time will tell. Overall, VERY PLEASED!
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2011 Cruze Eco Manual 6-Spd

by from Chicago, IL on August 7, 2011

I've had the car now for 3 months. This is my first new car purchase in 20 years since I usually by used vehicles. I'll try and break down my review by the catagories listed above. Let's start with c...
I've had the car now for 3 months. This is my first new car purchase in 20 years since I usually by used vehicles. I'll try and break down my review by the catagories listed above. Let's start with comfort: Being on the taller side (6'2") I find the Cruze to be pretty comfortable. It has a multitude of positions that should suit your needs. The seat is a bit on the narrow side though. The arm rest on the console slides forward to help make it useful but it does not lock in place and can find its way back to the home position if you put unknowing pressure on it to push it back. I heard they fixed this on the 2012 model but am only going off of hearsay. Performance: I bought this car for it's mileage claims and not performance. The car can get out of its own way when needed though. The little 1.4L turbo-charged engine produces some constant torque from 1800 RPM's and on. By no means a racer but I feel performance is adequate with the manual transmission. The mileage is phenomenol. I can get every bit of the 42 MPG's the manufacturer claims and more. At 63 mph and the flat lands of the midwest, I am very impressed and pleased with mpg's of this car and my combined mileage (city/hwy) is around 36+. Exterior Styling: This is subjective but I like it. To me it looks like a smaller economy version of a Cadillac. Interior Design: I'm again pleased with where the controls are for all the features. I only have one option and that is the Connectivity Package. That includes the cruise control and bluetooth hands free calling along with mp3 player connection and a leather wrap steering wheel with controls. I recommend this package if you have the i-phone or Droid and need to talk on the phone while driving. Once you sync your phone to the car, it is virtually flawless in answering or calling with it. The cruise control is a must for those top mpg's too. Not overly sure about fitting 4 adults in there comfortably for too long but you can do it. It is a smaller car but has surprisingly alot of room. The road noise is minimal too. You don't feel like you are in a Cruze when on the highway because it is relatively quiet. Value for the Money: I thought it was fair in price. Different models and different options can bring your car cost to $25K but I only paid $19K for my ECO model. You have to work your own deal at a dealership but you can barter a little. At 36-42 mpg's and only $19K with a pretty well equipped new car, I think that is quite a good value. Reliability: I've had the car for 3 months /3000 miles and haven't had any issues. Does that mean it's reliable? No, but everytime I've gone to turn the key and asked it to get me from point A to point B, it has done so. Right now my reliability is sitting at 100%. Overall: So far I'm extremely satisfied with the car. My purchase was for a work vehicle and a trip vehicle with the rising gas prices. Going to and from work has been a pleasure and the mileage on my short highway trips is outstanding. Comfort is pretty good and the driveability/handling has been nothing but impeccable. Hope this helpful.........
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GREAT CAR

by from SEBRING FL on April 18, 2011

THIS VEHICLE DRIVES VERY SMOOTH.THE WAY THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS YOU STEP ON THE GAS PEDAL HALF WAY AND LET THE VEHICLE SHIFT INTO GEAR. IT IS VERY ROOMY, I COMPARED IT WITH THE FORTE,THE OPTIMA, VOLKS...
THIS VEHICLE DRIVES VERY SMOOTH.THE WAY THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS YOU STEP ON THE GAS PEDAL HALF WAY AND LET THE VEHICLE SHIFT INTO GEAR. IT IS VERY ROOMY, I COMPARED IT WITH THE FORTE,THE OPTIMA, VOLKSWAGON JETTA,THE ELANTRA AND ALWAYS RETURN TO THE CRUZE DON'T REGRET BUYING IT RIDES LIKE A DREAM.
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Best Car EVER

by from Tucson, AZ on June 6, 2011

I was looking at a 2010 VW Jetta TDI because of the fuel economy and performance. A friend of mine recommended the Cruze. I told him there was no way I was going to buy a Chevy over a German car. Well...
I was looking at a 2010 VW Jetta TDI because of the fuel economy and performance. A friend of mine recommended the Cruze. I told him there was no way I was going to buy a Chevy over a German car. Well I started researching and found the reviews to help me change my mind. After test driving one I simply had to convince my wife. This car really won me over; although I wouldn't consider or recommend any other General Motors auto I love this car. From the soft leather seat to the generous feature set for this class of car and price points I am completely satisfied with the luxury, economy, and bells and whistles.
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Cruze LTZ got it right!!

by from Cary, NC on January 12, 2012

I bought my Chevy Cruze LTZ Thanksgiving weekend in 2010 in Cary, NC. So I have had it for almost 14 months and almost 27,000 miles. Every week, I drive about 183 miles to Richmond, VA to work a 4-day...
I bought my Chevy Cruze LTZ Thanksgiving weekend in 2010 in Cary, NC. So I have had it for almost 14 months and almost 27,000 miles. Every week, I drive about 183 miles to Richmond, VA to work a 4-day week. My wife and I initially looked at Toyotas and Fords before going to the Chevrolet dealership. I have previously owned a Pontiac Firebird and a GTO, so I was initially not interested in a 4 cylinder, especially one as small as 1.4 liters. But I heard so many good things about the Cruze, I had to try it out. I loved it from the moment I drove it off the lot. And I am still very happy with it. 33 mpg combined at 79 mph (3000 rpm) on interstates and hard city driving. Great acceleration and not one problem with it. I highly recommend it!! Acceleration is great. It is hard to drive it conservatively--it is too much fun to drive. The body and interior styling is great, the trunk is enormous, the front bucket seats are comfortable, and the sun roof is fun to have. Love the turbocharger, although sometimes there is slight turbocharger lag. But when it kicks in, it feels like you are driving a V6. Of course, the 6 speed transmission helps keep up the rpms for acceleration. For new car tires, they seem to be great--almost 27,000 miles. and probably at least another 20,000 to go. Very quite car--makes our Highlander sound like a bus on the highway. Great sound system. Love the OnStar and XM radio. Exellent highspeed cornering--no lean or sway at all! Although it is a problem with all cars that have turbochargers, GM should try to find a way to prevent the initial slight turbocharger lag when flooring it from a standstill or sometimes when hitting passing gear. Front doors could be a little wider for easier access to the front seats. I am 6'2" tall and my head just clears the roof if I sit tall in the seat. GM should find a way to prevent rain water from driping into the trunk when raising the trunk lid after it has rained. The high performance tires are a bit stiff. Would recommend a slightly taller tire to give a slightly smoother ride without taking away from the sporty feel.
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Best in its class!

by from Boston on February 25, 2011

We have been doing some comparison shopping recently and just checked out this new Cruze after seeing all the ads on tv. I have to say that we were very impressed with this car compared to any of the ...
We have been doing some comparison shopping recently and just checked out this new Cruze after seeing all the ads on tv. I have to say that we were very impressed with this car compared to any of the competition. The fit and finish, material quality and overall build is far superior than anything else like Corolla, Civic, Mazda3, etc. The attention to detail like the rubberized knobs, insulated glass to avoid road noise, etc. make you feel like you're in a much more expensive car. We also own a brand new Corolla but the Cruze is just a more substantial car. Highly recommend it.
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Fantastic Interior and a Great Value

by from Saint Paul, MN on February 21, 2011

I got the base LS version with the six speed manual. The only options I purchased were the connectivity package and the carpeted floor mats. The interior is crazy good with a quality of materials and ...
I got the base LS version with the six speed manual. The only options I purchased were the connectivity package and the carpeted floor mats. The interior is crazy good with a quality of materials and fit and finish better than cars twice the price. The base engine and six speed manual work well together and it zips along well enough for me. Not a speedy car but quick enough and it's an easy engine to wind out, which I do. The ride is firm and the handling very good. I paid around 16,000 and am very, very happy. I can't comment on reliability as I've only had the car a short time.
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Chevy Cruze Eco

by from Orlando, fl on June 28, 2011

I test drove this car a few months back and loved it. I didn't buy then because I wanted the ECO and they were not in stock. I am glad I waited. I have had the car for 1 month and I love everything ab...
I test drove this car a few months back and loved it. I didn't buy then because I wanted the ECO and they were not in stock. I am glad I waited. I have had the car for 1 month and I love everything about it. I average 40-45 mpg with auto trans. Thanks Chevy!!!
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Best in Class!

by from Boston on May 10, 2011

This car is the absolute best car in its class. I would even place it in a class above. The fit and finish are excellent and the quality of materials are the best you will find in this class. I'm not ...
This car is the absolute best car in its class. I would even place it in a class above. The fit and finish are excellent and the quality of materials are the best you will find in this class. I'm not sure what the previous reviwer meant by drive a Camry and you will see the difference but I had to laugh cause we own a brand new one that is already rattling. The interior trim pieces look like they were put together by kids. Take the Cruze out for a drive and you will feel and see the difference in quality. She was right in comparing it to CAMRY cause thats where it belongs. In a class above.
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