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Chevy Cruze has a cool low price

The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will arrive in U.S. dealerships this September, starting at $16,995, including destination.

The mid-size 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will sell for as low as $16,995 when it rolls into dealerships this fall. General Motors

General Motors today announced the all-new midsize 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships this September, will be priced to compete with compact cars.

Starting at $16,995, including destination the Cruze offers more interior room, more miles per gallon in the Eco model, and more standard safety features than any of its competitors, GM said in a press release.

Earlier this year, CNET favorably reviewedthe Cruze in Gruyere, Switzerland, after the Geneva auto show.

The 2011 Cruze will be offered in four models: The Cruze LS, which starts at $16,995 and has a standard 1.8L Ecotec engine and six-speed manual transmission; the Cruze LT and the Cruze Eco, both of which start at $18,895 and have a standard 1.4L Ecotec turbo and six-speed automatic transmission. It's the same with the Cruze LTZ, which starts at $22,695, but this top-of-the-line model features automatic climate control, autodimming inside rearview mirror, and ultrasonic rear-parking assist and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Available options include: in-dash navigation system with 40-gigabyte hard drive, pause-and-play radio, downloading of audio CDs, or transferring MP3 files from a USB memory device and heated leather seats. Appearance packages include rocker moldings, unique front and rear fasciae, front fog lamps, and rear spoiler.

"We believe the Cruze can redefine the expectations for compact-car owners and shoppers who are new to the segment," said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "For the price of a compact car, Cruze offers the styling, safety features, roominess, amenities, and refinement of a much more expensive car."