The 2011 Cruze is the all-new compact sedan from Chevrolet; it replaces the Cobalt, a just-good-enough car that seemed to appeal to rental car companies rather than retail buyers. But Chevy's got a plan in place to avoid the Cobalt's fate: The Cruze is designed to leapfrog the competition in terms of features, safety, and perceived value. Can the Cruze pull it off? Or is this just another ho-hum compact from Detroit? Read on. Price range $16,995 - $27,120, EPA fuel economy estimates 22-28 MPG city, 35-42 MPG highway.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ENGINE TYPES: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
Displacement: 110 cu in, 1796 cc/83 cu in, 1364 cc
Power (SAE net): 138 bhp @ 6300 rpm (1.8) / 138 bhp @ 4900 rpm (turbo 1.4)
Torque (SAE net): 125 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm (1.8) / 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm (turbo 1.4)TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting, 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 105.7 in Length: 181.0 in
Width: 70.7 in Height: 58.1 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 2850–3000 lb
EPA city/highway driving: 26–28/36–40 mpg