2012 Chevy Cruze at Rapid Chevrolet

Every time a vehicle manufacture releases a new model of car their always thinking of how to make the next year’s model bigger & better in order to wow customers & give them features that continue to update just as humans continue to evolve.  The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is the perfect example of this.  Since the 2011 was released Chevy has made updates to improve the 2012 model & continue to think of how they can improve the 2013 model as well.  So what are the updates that have been made to the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?  Well read on & you will see that the changes might interest you.

One of the updates for the 2012 Chevy Cruze is better fuel economy.  Chevrolet says gas mileage with the Cruze’s 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder & six speed automatic the Cruze’s most popular engine & transmission combination improves slightly, going from 37 mpg on to the highway to 39mpg.  The reason behind this improvement is made possible by a lower axle ratio.

The 2012 Cruze also receives more standard equipment then the 2011, so for those of us who like our cars to be as technology savvy as we are the 2012 doesn’t disappoint.  The Cruze now offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, a leather wrapped steering wheel & a shift knob are all standard.  These upgrades were only available with the $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise package on the 2011 models.  90% of American consumers ordered the option package which made the decision to make this standard fare.

The 2012 Cruze also received several new features.  Keyless start is now optional for the Cruze 2LT & standard on the upscale LTZ model.  The Cruze Eco gains an available navigation system that was previously limited to the 2LT & LTZ trims.  Another new feature is 17-inch alloy wheels which replaced the 16-inch version that came on the 2011 2LT.  Lastly, the 2012 Cruze LTZ now boasts standard fog lamps which were optional on the 2011 Cruze model.

With the new bells & whistles the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers as well as the improved gas millage how could you not be curious?  There is even talk of a diesel Cruze being released in 2013 but no for sure word as of now.  So hurry on down to your nearest Chevrolet dealer to take the 2012 Chevy Cruze for a test drive.



Cruze update, Rapid Chevrolet, “it’s all in the value”: July 29, 2011

The Cruze is about more than just affordable price, that has been well advertised by Chevy. It’s about value and performance as well. You get way more vehicle than what you are paying for with the Cruze. With its 4 cylinder engine – it’s a real gas saver, getting 35+ on the interstate. The Cruze is also the only car in its segment that has a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission available. Please forgive the oxymoron but the Cruze is the largest, compact car, with more interior room and trunk space than its major competitors.  The turbo version of the Eco is a torque-e little thing and has all the get up and go you need to pass safely,  accelerate up the on-ramp or just beat someone off the line at the red light. My favorite is safety. Rolling in this car must be like rolling around inside a giant marshmallow. It has 10 airbags! Where are they all? There is the standard front airbags, side curtain airbags, knee airbags and mid section side curtain airbags. If technology is your thing, than so is the Cruze. You can access nearly everything from the Chevrolet Cruze App. (pictures below), certain models have Bluetooth/USB, remote start, OnStar, and all the applications you could want including Facebook status. Before you leave the dealership with your new car, don’t forget to give your service writer your email. That way servicing your vehicle will be worry free. Anytime something is array, even low tire pressure, you will get an email from OnStar and the service department will get ahold of you. Oil changes, tire rotation and all the basic maintenance will also be sent to you in a convenient email. Last but certainly not least, the 2011 Chevy Cruze has a longer power train warranty than its competitors, including roadside assistance and transportation.

Chevrolet Cruze Application for Ipod

Chevrolet Cruze Application for Ipod

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Cruze key facts, making it a winner

•  Two fuel-efficient* engines: 1.8L Ecotec or a 1.4L Ecotec Turbo
•  One of the only compacts to offer either a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic Transmission
•  Eco model (estimated 40 MPG highway*; about a 570-mile highway* range)
* Based on GM testing. Official EPA estimates not yet available.
•  10 standard airbags
•  OnStar Directions & Connections (6 months standard)
StabiliTrak Stability Control System
•  Antilock Brakes with Traction Control
•  Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare tire)
•  Power Child Security Locks
•  1.4L Ecotec Turbo enhances fun-to-drive performance
•  Responsive, rack-mounted electric power steering
•  Independent front and semi-independent Z-link rear suspension (Eco excludes Z-link)

• One of the largest compact cars in segment
•  More passenger and trunk room than Civic, Corolla and Focus

•  Long fore/aft seat travel and comfortable seats
•  Uncommon standard features not usually found on compacts:
3 Driver Information Center
3 Oil Life Monitor
3 Remote Keyless Entry
3 Split-folding Rear Seat
3 Stereo with CD player, Auxiliary Input Jack and Six Speakers
3 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
3 XM Satellite Radio (3-month trial of XM service)


•  Over 30 acoustic treatments help make Cruze amazingly quiet

•  Refined, stylish interior (generous use of chrome and premium materials)
•  Tight French seat stitching adds high-end appearance and durability
•  Upscale features not usually found in segment (as equipped): Heated Seats; Map Navigation; Bluetooth®/USB; Remote Start; Pioneer® 9-speaker Audio System
•  4 million+ miles of durability testing and 5yr/100k powertrain warranty (whichever comes first)

Cruze updates

2011 Chevy Cruze

2011 Chevy Cruze Exterior

Production has begun on the new 42 MPG Eco Cruze model. Production has also begun on the RS package. This package includes: unique front and rear fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps and is available on LT and LTZ models. Production has begun on the 2LS models that will have a manual transmission.

What the industry has had to say lately:

“…it’s clear that GM has delivered a vehicle that finishes ahead of the competition in terms of powertrain refinement, ride quality and interior style. When the cruze heads into production, Chevy will have the best compact for mainstream buyers.” – Automobile Magazine

“it performs like a car that other automakers in this class should be benchmarking.”  – Cars.com

Chevy Cruze makes the list of top 5 safest cars

Top Five Safest Cars for 2011
Forbes: Hannah Elliot – January 21, 2010

BMW 5-Series

Segment: Large Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $45,050



Chevrolet Cruze

Segment: Small Sedan

MSRP: $16,275



Lincoln MKS

Segment: Large Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $41,500



Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Segment: Mid-size Luxury Sedan

MSRP: $33,990



Subaru Legacy

Segment: Mid-size Sedan

MSRP: $19,995

Behind the Numbers
To compile our list of the safest cars this year, we started with all vehicles chosen by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety as “Top Safety Picks” for 2011. We then excluded all crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks in order to limit our list to cars. Then we extracted any model that did not receive perfect scores of “good” in all front-, side-, rear-crash and rollover tests, or any that lacked electronic stability control, which IIHS says significantly reduces crash risk. The cars still standing after all of that are our winners.
Front evaluations involve a 40-mph frontal offset crash and subsequent slow-motion film analysis to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the crash. Side evaluations are based on crashes where the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. In the roof strength test a metal plate is pushed against the roof at a rate of 0.2 inches per second. To earn a top rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush.

Rear tests use a dummy that measures neck pressure; the test simulates a collision where a stationary vehicle is struck from behind at 20 mph.

The severity of the tests (IIHS tests are more severe than those administered by the government’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has pressured automakers to improve crash scores as well. When IIHS released its first roof crush results in March 2009, only one-third of the SUVs tested had roofs that earned a “good” rating; these days, the majority of SUVs earn top roof strength ratings. Likewise, many cars failed IIHS side tests in 2003; now more than 90 percent of 2011 model cars, 94 percent of SUVs and 56 percent of pickups now have standard head and torso side airbags, all of which enable them to pass the test more easily.

In a study released this month, Consumer Reports found that 65 percent of consumers rate safety among their top three priorities when considering a car, the highest of any purchase consideration factor. (Quality came in as the second-highest factor, with 57 percent of respondents saying they cared about it most.) Those safety-conscious drivers would do well to consider the BMW 5-Series, Cadillac CTS or Subaru Legacy — we rate them as three of the safest cars on the road today.


Chevy Cruze is the Newest Arrival at Rapid Chevrolet

As one of the newest arrivals to Rapid Chevrolet, our 2011 Cruze LT has been highly anticipated for quite some time.

Let’s start with the basics….

Starting at $16,995 and equipped with many upgrade options, it is a step ahead of the competitors and a fantastic addition to the Chevy collection. The Cruze is available in four different trim levels.

Chevy Cruze

Better than the Civic...drivers are happy!

The basic model LS has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six speed manual transmission. Although it is a standard model, it comes equipped with keyless entry, OnStar, XM satellite radio and ten airbags.

The LT starts at around $18,895 and comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The major difference between the LS and LT is the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Cruze Eco also starts around $18,895 with a turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission and 17-inch alloy wheels. It is estimated to get up to 40 MPG highway thanks to the low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamics and decreased weight.

The LTZ starts at $22,695 and like the LT, comes with the turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with power driver’s seat and leather everything – well almost everything, the LTZ also offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, USB audio input, remote-start system, rear parking sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Why all the chatter about this new Chevy?

Unlike its competitors, the Cruze offers a pleasant drive with a spacious interior, comfortable seats, standard safety features that can easily beat out the Honda Civic and a surprisingly quiet ride. A step up from the Cobolt, many journalists and auto critics alike are quite happy with this release from GM.

What Auto Press has to say about the Cruze

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze promises mid-size space in a compact package, as well as near-hybrid fuel economy. Only time will tell if it can deliver.
The Chevrolet Cruze marks a shift in the thinking of General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company. Rather than making some small cars for the U.S. and others for European and Asian markets, GM is now selling the same small cars across all markets.   That’s good news for American consumers, and news that could have the current Affordable Small Car class leaders shaking in their tires.
Buyers in Europe and Asia typically expect more from their small cars, so to compete in those markets, the Chevrolet Cruze has to be good. Americans, who tend to see small cars as cheap appliances, will benefit from all the extra engineering and polishing the Chevy Cruze has undergone for the world market. Edmunds says, “After all the calculations are done, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze should provide comfort and space and build quality never before seen in this segment at this price.”
While the Chevrolet Cruze isn’t expected to go on sale until the end of 2010, it has made the auto show circuit, been on sale in Europe for two years and test-driven by a few car reviewers. Those that have driven it say it’s a decent performer, especially if you’re looking to maximize gas mileage. The interior gets high marks, both for its space, available features and upscale ambience. The Chevy Cruze also stands out for its safety features — 10 airbags are standard.  That’s more airbags than some in the class offer as options. It’s still too early to tell much, but so far reviewers like the Cruze and think it will make a solid choice for small car buyers.