Question of the Day: Would you buy the Chevrolet Cruze over the Civic, Corolla?

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors yesterday announced pricing details on the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will hit dealerships in September with a starting price tag of $16,995. That price includes shipping and is actually a couple hundred dollars more than the Cruze’s targeted Japanese competitors.

The 2010 Honda Civic and the 2010 Toyota Corolla both start at $16,405 and $16,200 respectively (both prices include shipping charges).

However, the Cruze does offer a little more value than the two Japanese models. For example, a base Civic model with a manual-transmission comes with six air bags and lacks standard air conditioning, power locks and keyless entry. The base Cruze LS comes with a six-speed manual transmission comes with those features, along with 10 air bags.

With that in mind, we were wondering if you would buy the Chevrolet Cruze over its two Japanese competitors.

Let us know your answer in the comments section after the jump.

Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze”s base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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– By: Omar Rana

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