GM Prices 2011 Chevy Cruze from $16,995, Compares it with the Honda Civic

General Motors has confirmed U.S. pricing for the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that will begin arriving in dealerships this September, starting at $16,995, including destination.

The compact sedan, which has already stacked more than 200,000 sales in overseas markets since it went on sale in 2009, will be offered in the States in four different versions.

The basic LS starts at $16,995 and comes with a 1.8-liter rated at an estimated 138HP and 125 lb.-ft. of torque (168 Nm) at 3,800 rpm. The four-pot is matched to a standard 6-speed manual transmission.

The LT is priced from $18,895 and features the 1.4-liter Turbo that produces an estimated 138HP and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. It is offered with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Next up is the Eco model that starts from $18,895 and gets the same 1.4-liter Turbo engine as the LT but with a six-speed manual transmission. It comes with several features that help improve fuel economy such as ultra low-rolling resistance tires and enhanced aerodynamic performance package. GM says it achieves 40mpg on the highway.

Finally, the LTZ is priced from $22,695 and it is powered by the same 1.4L Ecotec turbo coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

GM says that the new Cruze is priced to compete in the compact-car-segment offering "more interior room, more miles per gallon in the Eco model, and more standard safety features than any of its competitors."

"We believe the Cruze can redefine the expectations for compact-car owners and shoppers who are new to the segment," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing.

"For the price of a compact car, Cruze offers the styling, safety features, roominess, amenities, and refinement of a much more expensive car. While some of our competitors may have a lower starting price, Cruze wins on value once these competitors are optioned up." said Campbell.

And to prove this, GM has compared the basic Cruze LS to the equivalent Honda Civic DX model - see below.

Base models

2011 Chevrolet Cruze LS

2010 Honda Civic DX

MSRP, plus destination




1.8 Ecotec

1.8 SOHC I-4

Horsepower (hp)



Torque (lb-ft)



Standard transmission

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Passenger volume (cu ft)



Trunk volume (cu ft)



Standard air bags



Traction Control


Not included

Stability Control


Not included

Power rear safety locks


Not included

Air Conditioning


Not included

Trip Computer


Not included

Power door locks


Not included

Power side mirrors


Not included

Remote keyless entry


Not included

XM Satellite Radio


Not included

The 2011 Cruze will be offered for retail sale in four models:

Cruze LS starting at $16,995, including:

  • Standard 1.8L Ecotec engine and six-speed manual transmission
  • The most standard safety features in the segment, with 10 air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, collapsible pedal system, power rear-door child safety locks
  • Standard OnStar, with a six-month subscription including Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • Standard convenience features including air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, driver information center, and XM Radio with three month trial subscription

Cruze LT starting at $18,895, including:

  • Standard 1.4L Ecotec turbo and six-speed automatic transmission
  • 16-inch wheels

Cruze Eco starting at $18,895, including:

  • Standard 1.4L Ecotec turbo and six-speed manual transmission
  • Segment-leading expected 40 miles per gallon highway
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with ultra low-rolling resistance tires, and enhanced aerodynamic performance package

Cruze LTZ starting at $22,695, including:

  • Standard 1.4L Ecotec turbo and six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard six-way power driver seat, leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Standard cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port with audio interface, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, and remote vehicle start
  • Standard automatic climate control, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, and ultrasonic rear-parking assist
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Major available options features on Cruze include:

  • In-dash navigation system with 40-gigabyte hard drive, enabling pause-and-play radio, downloading of audio CDs, or transferring MP3 files from a USB memory device
  • Pioneer Audio system, with nine speakers and 250-watt amplifier
  • Heated leather seats
  • Ultrasonic rear park assist
  • RS Appearance package, including rocker moldings, unique front and rear fascias, front fog lamps, and rear spoiler

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS


2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO