Chevy Cruze impresses some early drivers


The Volt may get the attention, but Cruze matters. In the last couple decades, GM had placemarkers in some segments; not bad cars, but not premium and some even behind the pack at release. Cruze goes head-to-head with anything in the compact segment, like every GM release in the last five years. I'm in a mostly-GM dealer group, and it's easier to sell great product than good value.

GM Models (siblings omitted) released 2001-06: '02 Avalanche, Aveo, Aztek, Cobalt, Colorado, '03 CTS, DTS, '05 Equinox, '02 Escalade, G6, '04 Grand Prix, GTO, HHR, Impala, Lucerne, '04 Malibu, Monte Carlo, Solstice, SSR, STS, TrailBlazer and Uplander.

Models '07-'11: '07 Avalanche, Camaro, Cruze, '08 CTS, '10 Equinox, G8, '10 LaCrosse, '08 Malibu, Regal, Silverado, Tahoe, Traverse and Volt.