2011 Toyota Corolla vs. 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

By May 4, 2011Toyota Vehicles
2011 Toyota Corolla LE

The Chevrolet Cruze replaces the Chevrolet Cobalt with a larger, more powerful and more refined vehicle that promises to be a more formidable competitor for Toyota’s venerable Corolla. While the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is all-new to the U.S. market, General Motors has actually been selling the car in markets such as Asia, Europe and Africa since 2009.
2011 Toyota Corolla
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At a time when every dollar counts, Corolla delivers—at the point of purchase and over the long haul.

  • Lower cost at purchase
    Corolla LE’s MSRP1 runs about $800 less than that of the Cruze 1LT, putting real money in the customer’s pocket.
  • Lower cost down the road
    IntelliChoice2 named the 2010 Corolla LE its SmartChoice Ownership Costs award winner in the compact-car class. Cruze is an all-new model, so long term ownership costs are unknown.


Corolla’s tried-and-true normally aspirated powertrain offers an optimum balance of performance and efficiency.

  • Better power-to-weight ratio
    Cruze’s slight edge in horsepower is more than offset by Corolla’s lower curb weight, a key contributor to a vehicle’s performance.
  • Lower city mpg
    Corolla has the higher EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating3 in city driving, which could save money on gasoline, depending on the customer’s driving habits.


Corolla drivers and passengers will appreciate its well-designed interior and generous slate of comfort and convenience features.

  • Ample interior room
    Cruze is bigger on the outside, but Corolla still has the advantage in several key measurements on the inside. That contributes to passenger comfort in both the front and rear seats.
  • More select features
    Corolla LE’s features list goes beyond that of Cruze 1LT on several fronts, such as standard cruise control (available as an extra-cost option on Cruze 1LT) and available power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade (not available on Cruze 1LT).


Corolla’s full complement of safety technologies — Smart Stop Technology and all those included in the Star Safety System— as well as its highest rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)4 translate into peace of mind for Corolla customers.

  • Standard Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
    These features aren’t available on Cruze, even as extra-cost options.
  • An IIHS “Top Safety Pick”
    Based on its independent crash tests, the IIHS named the 2011 Corolla a “Top Safety Pick,” the agency’s highest honor.
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Chevrolet Cruze at a Glance

The all-new Cruze is offered in five grades. The entry-level 2LS is powered by a normally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine while all other models get the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. Both power plants generate comparable horsepower, but the turbo makes 25 lb.-ft. more torque at a low 1,850 rpm. Also of note: the ECO model comes fitted with body panels that, among other features, contribute to the top EPA fuel economy rating in the Cruze line.

Here are some of the major features  in the range.:

[titled_box title=”2LS (MSRP $16,995 MT; $17,920 AT)¹”] Engine
1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Front-wheel drive
Standard Features
Driver and front-passenger airbags
Side curtain airbags
Driver and passenger knee airbags
Anti-lock brake system
Vehicle stability control
Traction control
Manual air conditioning
60/40 split-folding rear seatback
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Electrochromic interior rearview mirror
Power windows with one-touch down
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
OnStar® telematics system
16-inch steel wheels
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Corolla base grade (MSRP $16,360 MT; $17,160 AT)¹[/titled_box]
[titled_box title=”1LT (MSRP $18,895)¹”] The 1LT differs from the 2LS by adding:
1.4-liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged 4-cylinder with
variable valve timing
6-speed automatic
Standard Features
Carpeted floormats
Cargo cover compartment
Power one-touch down/up windows
Dual power body-colored rear-view mirrors
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Corolla LE (MSRP $18,060 AT)¹[/titled_box]
[titled_box title=”ECO (MSRP $18,895 MT; $19,820 AT)¹”] The ECO differs from the 1LT by adding:
6-speed manual
Standard Features
Power one-touch down windows
Unique grille
Rear spoiler
Front air intakes
17-inch alloy wheels
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Corolla S (MSRP $18,260 MT; $19,060 AT)¹[/titled_box] [titled_box title=”2LT (MSRP $21,395)¹”] The 2LT differs from the ECO by adding:
6-speed automatic
Standard Features
Bluetooth® connectivity
Front USB port
Cruise control
Steering-wheel-mounted controls
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Remote ignition
Power-adjustable heated driver’s seat
Manually adjustable heated front passenger’s seat
Leather-trimmed seating
16-inch alloy wheels
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Corolla S (MSRP $18,260 MT; $19,060 AT)¹[/titled_box] [titled_box title=”LTZ (MSRP $22,695)¹”] The LTZ differs from the 2LT by adding:
Standard Features
Automatic climate control
Electrochromic interior rearview mirror
Dual front illuminated vanity mirrors
Chrome door handles
Dual power body-colored heated rearview mirrors
Sport-tuned suspension
18-inch alloy wheels
4-wheel disc brakes
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2011 Corolla Advantages A Closer Look

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Lower cost at purchase
Both models come well equipped in standard configuration, including automatic transmission. But Corolla LE’s many comfort and convenience features are offered at a lower MSRP than Cruze 1LT. That means real money in the customer’s pocket at the time of purchase.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT Advantage
MSRP $18,060 $18,895 $835

Lower cost down the roadIntellichoice Best Overall value
IntelliChoice named the 2010 Corolla LE its SmartChoice Ownership Costs award winner in the compact-car class. Cruze is an all-new vehicle, so it’s ownership costs have yet to be determined. But this much is certain: With Corolla, Cruze has one tough act to beat.

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Better power-to-weight ratio
Cruze’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces slightly more horsepower than Corolla’s normally aspirated power plant. But that edge is more than offset by Cruze’s higher curb weight. That’s a key measure of a vehicle’s overall performance.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT Advantage
Horsepower @ rpm 132@6000 138@4900
Curb weight (lbs.) 2800 3102 302
Power-to-weight ratio 21.2:1 22.5:1 1.3:1
Lower city mpg
Corolla also offsets Cruze’s slight horsepower advantage with a higher EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating in city driving when both models are equipped with automatic transmission. This creates the potential to save money on gasoline, depending on the customer’s driving habits.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT Advantage
EPA estimated city fuel economy (mpg) 26 24 2
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Ample interior room
While Cruze is slightly bigger on the outside, Corolla still has the advantage in several key measurements on the inside. This contributes directly to passenger comfort.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT Advantage
Length 180.0 181.0
Width 69.4 70.7
Legroom, rear (in.) 36.3 35.4 0.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.) 54.6 53.9 0.7
More select features
Even with a lower MSRP, Corolla LE’s features list still goes beyond that of Cruze 1LT on several fronts. This includes cruise control, a feature many buyers might assume is standard. But on Cruze 1LT, it’s available only as part of a Connectivity Plus Cruise Control Package that carries an MSRP of $525.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT
Heavy-duty heater Standard Not available
Heated rearview Standard Not available
Cruise control Standard Available
Power tilt/slide moonroof Available Not available
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Corolla boasts a generous complement of safety technologies as standard equipment. For 2011, this includes Safe Stop Technology. Some of these features aren’t available on Cruze, even as extra-cost options.

Corolla LE Cruze 1LT
Anti-lock brake system Standard Standard
Stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Electronic brakeforce distribution Standard Not available
Brake assist Standard Not available
Customers will have even greater peace of mind knowing that the 2010 Corolla was
named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, based on the agency’s independent crash tests. This is the IIHS’ highest honor.

2011 Toyota Corolla Top Safety Pick

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2011 Toyota Corolla Walk Around


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(1) MSRP includes delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price may vary. (2) Copyright 2010 www.IntelliChoice.com (3) EPA-estimated mpg. Actual mileage will vary. (4) Based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. Ratings only meaningful when comparing vehicles in the same weight class. www.iihs.org
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