2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ
(1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)
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Date Driven: 2/1/2011 (2011 LTZ manual)
Acceleration from the 148-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is on the higher side of average at 9.6 seconds, but it's the driveline lash and odd torque converter behavior at both wide-open throttle and normal acceleration which account for su
The 2011 Cruze performs like a well-sorted front-wheel-drive car should. While its on-track performance is only slightly above average, the car handles, steers and stops very well.
Despite handling well, the Cruze is a relaxed, quiet (see below) comfortable car that handles rough road surfaces as well as most full-size sedans.
The Cruze boasts '30 distinct acoustical treatments' to reduce in-cabin noise including triple-sealed acoustic-laminated glass. Whatever lengths GM took here paid off; the Cruze is exceptionally quiet.
The Chevy Cruze features knobs where there should be knobs (HVAC, stereo volume) and liberal useage of large, well labeled buttons for everything else. Navigation lacks a touchscreen, instead using a slightly clunky multi-button pad.
Thankfully parking sonar is standard on this model as rear visibility is troublesome. While this is almost expected from new cars, it still must be noted. Side and front visibility are good.
Seat Access & Space
Drivers and passengers with wide shoulders will find little place to put their arms as the door panels encroach into the seat space more than other cars in the class. The seat is, however, wide and supportive with easy ingress/egress.
Cargo & Storage
The Cruze has a decent-sized trunk with 60/40 folding rear seatbacks that fold nearly flat. Door pockets, center console and cupholders are all on the small size.
Materials, fit and finish are good in the Cruze. There are no obvious panel gaps, squeaks or misalignments. High-quality materials for this segment.