2011 Chevrolet Cruze: Sensible Styling
April 14, 2011
Sensible has pretty much defined the styling of every compact sedan over the last couple decades or so. It's what buyers in this category expect, so that's what the manufacturers give them. The Cruze fits that mold, but I think it's one of the better interpretations of the breed.
Unlike most of the cars in this class, there's some substance to the Cruze's shape. It has well defined belt line, noticeably flared wheel arches and a strong stance. It's not overdone like the Hyundai Elantra, it's just conservative styling done well. Saw one in Ice Blue the other day and it caught my eye. Not many cars can pull off a color like that, but this particular Cruze looked great.
From what I've seen of the new Malibu, Chevrolet is taking a slightly more aggressive approach with its midsize sedan. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but the Cruze has certainly grown on me.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line