Big Small Car - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Big Small Car

May 09, 2011


Spent the weekend in our longterm 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, my first good long seat time in the car. And you know what? I'm liking it.

It's small, but does not feel flimsy. From a chassis dynamics perspective it's spot-on, with firm but compliant damping, sharp steering and a general sense of substance. That goes for its well-tamed road and wind noise, too. I'm not crazy about the autobox that often feels one step behind where it needs to be, or the sometimes-hesitant throttle response. Still, this is an entry-level-ish car that doesn't feel cost-cut to death in the way it goes down the road.

And talk about a utility sedan -- in addition to the four mounted tires you see here (yes, there are towels to protect the seats, and no, nothing got marred in any way), there were also four take-off tires in the trunk. Who the heck needs a truck?

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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