Two of Detroit’s big three are preparing to heat up the compact segment within a year with two new additions. During the third quarter of 2010, General Motors will bring the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze to the market. The 2011 Cruze will be available in three trim levels including the LS, LT and LTZ. The LS and LT will be powered by a 1.8L 4-cylinder making 136-hp, while the LTZ will be powered by a 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo making 138-hp. The Cruze is estimated to get an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway. All Cruze models will come standard with a 6-speed manual with a 6-speed automatic available as an option
A couple months after the Cruze makes its market debut, the 2012 Ford Focus will arrive in early 2011. Trim-level details are being kept under the wraps for now but we do know that the 2012 Focus will carry a 2.0L DI Ti-VCT 4-cylinder making 155-hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Ford expects fuel-economy gains of more than 10 percent. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual as standard and a 6-speed automatic as an option.
So, with that in mind, and imagining that you’ll be in the market for a compact vehicle when both models hit dealerships, would you go for the 2012 Ford Focus or the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze?
Let us know your answer in the comments section below.
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– By: Omar Rana