Upcoming Uptown Cousin - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Upcoming Uptown Cousin

October 04, 2011

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In case you haven't heard, at the end of this year Buick's coming out with a fancy version of the Cruze called the Verano. Although it will obviously share many components, it does have rather distinct sheet metal.

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A few of Buick's modern styling cues are incorporated -- such as the waterfall grille and upswept lower character line -- along with (to my eye) better proportioned and more attractive headlights and taillights. The Verano will also have a unique engine -- a 2.4-liter inline four with 177 hp as opposed to the Cruze's 1.8- and turbocharged 1.4-liter units -- a quieter ride, more features and a higher pricetag.

But strictly from a styling perspective, I think it's a handsome small car and much prefer it over the Cruze. What do y'all think?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 27,325 miles

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