As our loyal followers here at know, we are just bananas for small cars of all sorts of shapes, performance, price range and country of origin. Over the years we have reported on cars from China, India, Japan, Korea, Europe and, of course, the U.S. So when there is a chance for consumer to experience a new 2011 vehicle in a “no pressure” environment and some of those cars are new and innovative small cars we get excited…to say the least. This year at the 2011 Denver Auto Show, the largest and some might say fastest up and coming show west of the Mississippi, they will feature manufacturer Ride and Drive programs again for 2011. The most exciting part of this from a small car perspective is the ability to get behind the wheel of the 2011 Fiat 500, 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus.

The cars listed above are the cars making the news everyday. We can’t wait to see consumers taking a spin in a 2011 Fiat 500—a car some say will give MINI a run for its money not only in the small car segment, but in the lifestyle segment too. Then of course there is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, a car that is changing the way people think about electric powered vehicles (see our coverage of the gentleman in his 80s who bought one). Then of course there is GM’s Civic hunter, the all-new Cruze, which will be right along side its competitor the 2012 Ford Focus (see our first drive report here).

Maybe those cars aren’t getting your blood pumping; in that case perhaps you are a fan of the “Made in Detroit” commercials from Chrysler. You are in luck, the all-new Chrysler 200 is on the ride and drive list along with its big brother the Chrysler 300. Want even more muscle, then you will want to check out the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and 2011 Ford Mustang. You can even get behind the wheel of both and do your own comparison. No matter what your taste in cars, big or small (though we are biased to the small ones), the 2011 Denver Auto Show will give you access to 11 different Ride and Drive programs and over 30 different models.

Another interesting attraction at the show is Camp Jeep, so if you missed our preview coverage of that earlier to day, be sure to check it out here.


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