Styling - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ: Styling

January 07, 2011

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Though I like the look and feel of the Cruze's handsome cabin, I've mixed feelings on the exterior styling.

LIkes: The distinct Chevy-signature split grille, the tapering roofline, overall proportions and the split-spoke wheels.

Dislikes: The droopy taillights (a design element for many manufacturers that's been in vogue for a few years now). The plastic triangle at the trailing edge of the rear window that's supposed to give the illusion of glass being there. That part reminds me of a Chrysler Sebring But if the Cruze didn't have it, well then the C pillar might too closely resemble a Mazda 3's.

With so many models out and so many styles already done through the years, I feel for car designers as it must be tough coming up with a pleasing yet distinctive look. That said, what do y'all think? Is the Cruze one of the better looking cars in a segment not exactly known for breathtaking styling?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 4,547miles

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