Is This the Best Looking Vehicle GM Makes? - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ: Is This the Best Looking Vehicle GM Makes?

April 08, 2011

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The other day I was "driving" on the 405 North next to a white 2011 Buick Regal. I said, "Oh, look, someone in LA bought a Regal. Neat. Hm, the rear end looks funny. Hmmm. Really funny." And upon further inspection as I sat in horrible traffic, I really started honing in on the trunk area. It's got a sort of double-bustle thing going on like the old 6 series. (Which is one of the ugliest cars according to, well, us.) The back doesn't flow with the side design which still isn't enough to break up the giant slabs of door and it doesn't fit with the front. It wasn't working for me.

Then (a while later) black 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ rolled up on me. It looked....good. Damn good. The whole package is safe, yes, but well executed, cohesive and stylish. And then I thought, "Except for the Z06 Carbon, is there a better looking vehicle in the GM fleet than the Cruze?"

The Camaro is a gag-gift, like one of those T-Shirts that says "World's Best Lover" or "Federal Bikini Inspector," fun for about 45 seconds and then you realize you can never be seen in public with it and shove it in the back of the garage.

The Regal has bland doors and there's no sense that the front (which is pretty cool) has anything to do with the rear.

Aveo? No and like the current Malibu, has already been shown the door. Impala? You didn't even know that still existed. Volt? Neat, but no.

Terrain? Acadia? Savannah? Nope.

Escalade? God no.

CTS-V sedan / wagon? Oh. Right. Yes. So very close. A little over done, though. The CTS coupe is way over styled and thus falls into the silly category.

The CADILLAC (!) CTS wagon and seadan are the only things that can touch the compact, budget-minded Chevy Cruze for overall style right now. Not sure what that says for GM (currently mid-model range and revising EVERYTHING), but it says a lot for the Cruze.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line


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