2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Compact Love
August 31, 2011
For me, compacts like the Cruze strike exactly the right balance when it comes to size. Compacts are small enough to offer certain benefits regarding fuel efficiency and maneuverability; unlike many subcompacts, they're also big enough to offer a reasonable amount of utility.
The Cruze is diminutive enough to slide into most parking spaces, but it's also roomy enough to easily accommodate a couple of friends.
Not surprisingly, more and more drivers are feeling the love for small cars like the Cruze in these tough economic times. So far (through July), sales of compacts are up 12.8 percent for 2011, over the same period last year. And the Cruze has been a top seller in this growing segment.
GM's racing to keep up with demand. Associated Press reports that at current sales rates, Cruze dealers have only enough models on the lot to last 27 days, far lower than the 60 days that's considered ideal. To boost supply, the manufacturer plans to add Saturday shifts at an Ohio Cruze factory, starting in September.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor