Buyers interested the Chevrolet Cruze get a new incentive to purchase one: a Navigation System for 50% less than the 2011 models’ price.
Figures for the system dropped from $1,995 last year to $995 this year, but quality hasn’t dropped with the price.
A higher-resolution touch screen spanning 7 inches still allows for access of the console controls, which is the only option available for the 2011 model. The 10-gigabyte hard drive storage has been swapped for a simple SD card slot. There is one downside here: going out with the hard drive is the functionality to control and listen to radio stations and record from various devices while the system is in use. Standard with the navigation will be the LTZ, 2LT, and Eco trim levels. However, despite the Cruze’s navi being shared with the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, the SUV will not be sharing the multimedia MyLink interface.
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Although most of the features were not lost with the price on the 2012 Cruze’s navigation system, other features will be going up in cost. Pricing for automatic transmission has jumped form $925 go $995, and the seats are not as adjustable.
The 2012 Cruze is available as of July in many dealerships.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 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 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
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– By: Alexandra Koken