Chevrolet’s small car offerings have been the subject of many snide comments and jokes over the years. This was especially true when the Caviler was rated as one of the worst cars in its class to be in during a side impact crash earning it a nickname around my house as the Cadavalier. Chevrolet made some improvements with the introduction of the Cobalt, but the sales weren’t gain busters…certainly no 2010 Camaro. That may all change with the next predecessor waiting in the wings—the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze is set to make an appearance this week at the L.A. Auto Show and even thought it won’t roll out to the average consumer for some nine months, it is being received by the automotive press better than any of the entry-level car from Chevrolet in the past 20 years. Motor Trend said, “based on the models we've driven so far and the U.S. version's impressive set of features and options, the 2011 Cruze may indeed have what it takes to stay out of rental lots and roll into the garages of customers countrywide.” The compliments don’t stop there, our own GreenCarReports.com said this: “For the first time ever, U.S. automakers are getting ready to sell small cars that go beyond adequate to potentially great.”

 

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will be offered at the same price point as the current Cobalt, so you can expect to shell out around $15K for a base model. If you are in the area of the L.A. Auto Show go check out the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and let us know what you think by dropping us an email at jemblogger at Gmail dot com.