2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Road Test Specs

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

(1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
StyleLTZ 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Base MSRP$22,695
Options on test vehicleAudio System With Navigation ($1,995 -- includes 7-inch color display, hard drive memory); Power Sunroof ($850); Pioneer Premium Audio System ($445); Compact Spare Tire ($100).
As-tested MSRP$26,085


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged port-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,364/83
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 4,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)148 @ 1,850
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 4.58; II: 2.96; III: 1.91; IV: 1.44; V: 1.00; VI: 0.74; R: 2.94; Final: 3.87


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HX MXM 4
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP225/45R18 91W M+S
Tire size, rearP225/45R18 91W M+S
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.8-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.5-inch one-piece solid with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)9.3
0-75 mph (sec.)14.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)81.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.1
@ Full throttle (dB)74.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Cruze doesn't respond well to heavy power braking. Even with TC/ESC off, it would bog down as soon as any amount of wheelspin was detected. Quickest run was achieved with just a hint of power braking, then quickly releasing the brake. Engine feels a bit coarse, and there is some turbo lag. Can be manually shifted via console lever (pull back for downshifts); will hold gears at redline (harsh rev-limiter); does not blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsModerately firm pedal, but stopping distances were on the long side, mostly due to slippery tires. The rear end gets very light, causing some rear lockup.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Light steering effort. Decent, but not excellent grip from tires. ESC-on was so intrusive in terms of cutting throttle that I could have my right foot planted all the way around the circle. Slalom: The Cruze has lighter, less precise steering than the Focus, but performs almost as well in the slalom because its ESC system can be fully defeated. When driven aggressively, the tail starts to swing around, and because of that, drop-throttle before the last cone helps to rotate/steer the car.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57.9
Relative humidity (%)55.2
Wind (mph, direction)1.94 - head/cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 city/36 highway/28 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)25
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,169
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.5/39.5
Length (in.)181.0
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)61.3
Turning circle (ft.)36.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front and dual rear
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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