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#3 of 136 internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS
Oct 28, 2010 (8:02 am)
hi folks,been in the market for a compact car and just recieved a internet quote from a local chevy dealer down here in pembroke pines fla.msrp for 2011 chevy cruze LS is $18,295.00 which includes the conectivity package as the only option.conectivity package includes the bluetooth for phone,USB port,and steering wheel mounted controls for audio and bluetooth...i found this price pretty high and it's only a 400.00 discount from the msrp and way above the edmunds invoice amount as well..also,this cruze LS doesn't come with standard cruise control,or rear disk brakes either and has manual operated side mirrors...just for comparison reasons,i walked across the street to a mazda dealership to compare a 2011 mazda 3 i touring model which had a msrp of $19,500.00 and was told from dealer i could purchase this car for $18,000.00...only $200.00 more than the 2011 chevy cruze LS quote that i received...mazda 3 i touring model had a ton more features than the cruze inclueding 148 HP,4-wheel disk brakes,cruise control,power side mirrors,and standard bluetooth and the best resale value in it's class..this was a no brainer for me and i purchased the mazda 3 and then went back across the street and laughed at the chevy dealer for trying to sell me the cruze for basically the same price...the cruze is way over-priced,under-powered,don't know how chevy thinks that this car will compete with others in this class unless they lower the price substancially.....the quote i recieved from the chevy dealer for the 2011 chevy cruze LS was for $17,800.00...a total rip-off......
#4 of 136 Buy the Mazda!
Oct 28, 2010 (8:50 am)
If you can get almost $2,000 off a 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5A) that lists for $19,745 - Buy it!
By all means! Unless somebody sees the front end of the hideous thing, $2K off a new 2011 is a good deal. Bring some earplugs with you too. The road noise in the Mazda can lead to hearing loss after 2-3 hours on the highway.
#5 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [steven39]
Oct 31, 2010 (2:33 pm)
The Cruze will be a hot item until the dealers begin to be flooded with them. I looked at it today. I didn't drive it but I was amazed at how close this small car is priced to a new much larger base Malibu with tons of standard equipment, 33 on the road, and the comfortable ride associated with a mid sized car. I've rented Malibus for long distance trips and will buy one this winter. All the automobile writers love the Cruze now but soon it will be a has been like the Cobalt that they loved originally and compared to the Cavalier. It is all marketing BS. You are right. You bought a Mazda which is a great car but I would have bought a 2010 Malibu at $5,000 off MSRP.. I have a 2009 Cobalt Coupe (Victory Red) and it looks a lot neater than the Cruze. I've also driven it on long distance drives. On my last trip back from Albuquerque (215 miles) I averaged 42.3. I also don't need a Turbo in order to pass people on the road (and I have a 1LT model - not the SS).You made a good decision. I wasn't impressed with the Cruze. Back seat space is nil and the exterior design should appeal to Camry buyers.
#6 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [dispencer2]
Oct 31, 2010 (3:52 pm)
by the way,i bet your 2009 cobalt with it's stock 155 HP will smoke the cruze's 138 HP turbo or not...
#7 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [steven39]
Nov 03, 2010 (11:05 am)
I haven't had any problem passing at 50 or 60. I have an automatic too. You have to make sure that you have adequate room to pass. You won't hit 90 like I do with my Cadillac by the time you get around a semi but it is OK with the Cobalt. My main objection to the Cruze is the price. The base price is just too close to a Malibu and the base Malibu comes with all the standard equipment that most people require. Most of this is optional on the Cruze.. You might sacrifice a few miles to the gallon but it should be a far more comfortable ride, especially if you have anybody in the back seat other than small children. It won't take long until something new comes along and then Consumer Reports and the car magazines will start panning it just like they did with the "unloved"Cobalt.
#8 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [dispencer2]
Nov 03, 2010 (3:17 pm)
just got emailed from my local chevy dealer again about the 2011 chevy cruze LS with auto,and connectivity package...msrp is $18,400.00 and his quote is for $17,800.00 and he says he can't budge from that number..emailed him back saying that i already purchased a mazda 3 i touring for $18,000.00 and includes standard cruise control,power side mirrors,rear disk brakes,ect..chevy cruze LS did not have these features....infact,i haven't driven a car that has manual side mirrors since my first car which was a 1975 ford pinto station wagon..almost $18,000.00 for a car without power side mirrors???even the basic kia and hyundai cars have this as standard feature....i cruised away from the cruze........
#9 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [steven39]
Nov 04, 2010 (12:19 pm)
Wait till next year. GM is famous for deleting what standard equipment there is and including it in expensive packages so that you can't get something without getting other stuff that you might not want. The nice thing about the Malibu is that the base model comes with most of the features people want - power windows, power mirrors, cruise, automatic, etc. With the current rebate on a base Malibu it would be easy to get it down to the price of a Cruze or very close. Frankly I'm amazed that the dealer came down at all considering that millions of people are probably standing in line to have the first Cruze in town!
#10 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [steven39]
Nov 06, 2010 (9:38 am)
Here's a review from a buyer who drove the Mazda3 and Cruze back to back:
"I've also recently driven a slew of Cruze competitors. I recently rented a Mazda 3, with it's mouse fur headliner, uncomfortable driving position, lack of amenities, noisiness, etc. It's like night and day. Why anyone would pick the 3 over the Cruze is beyond me. The Cruze is just lightyears ahead of the Mazda."
#11 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [dodgeman07]
Nov 06, 2010 (5:21 pm)
i hate to burst your bubble here or den't your enthusiasm for the cruze but here are the facts...the cruze is a over-priced underpowered ripoff..as per my recent post.i went to check out a 2011 chevy cruze LS recently at my local chevy dealer.msrp for the cruze LS that i looked at was $18,400.00 and included the connectivity package as the only option.no cruise control,manually operated side mirrors,no rear disk brakes and only 138 HP...i found 18,400.00 alot of money for a car that doesn't have these features when other cars at the same price level do..plain and simple...the mazda 3 i touring that i purchased after looking at the cruze does have these features for the same price...my internet quote for the 2011 chevy cruze that i described was for $17,800.00...way to much to be without the features that i wanted..on the other hand,the mazda 3 i touring i purchased was for $18,000.00 and has a ton more standard features and way better resale value....sorry,but in this economic climate people need to make smart decisions about car purchases and the cruze's price to standard features ratio just doesn't cut it for me......
#12 of 136 Re: internet quote for 2011 chevy cruze LS [steven39]
Nov 06, 2010 (10:46 pm)
If you're willing to buy last years model that helps - a lot. Comparing a 2010 Mazda3 that that does not have 10 Air Bags or the quietness or ride quality of the Cruze? Come on - justify the purchase to yourself - not us. The sticker price of a comparably equipped 2011 Mazda3 Touring is $900 higher than a 2011 Cruze 1LT. The Cruze LT has a base price of $18,175 and is a safer, quieter, smoother car with a better warranty. The Cruze is larger than the Mazda, the Mazda has inferior fuel economy numbers, offers no trip computer or OnStar or Satellite radio. The Cruze has a 6-sp automatic rated at 36mpg highway, the Mazda3 a 5-sp auto and is rated at 33mpg hwy.
The Cruze produces torque where it counts, at low RPM. Quoting 6000RPM HP figures doesn't mean much. Did you drive a Cruze LT? The Mazda3 has to wound out to 4500RPM to produce 135 lb-ft of torque. The Cruze produces 148 lb-ft at 1850RPM where you can use it.
If all you looked at was an 2011 LS model and compare it to a 2010 Mazda3i Touring model that was marked down 10% then yes - the Mazda3 might have been a good choice, if you are willing to accept a one year old car with less warranty, lower mileage, poorer refinement, fewer features and is less safe to save 2 grand over a newer Cruze LT.