About the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System
Transform your Cruze's factory sound system
Transform your Cruze's factory sound system
You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Chevy factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This VSS Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Cruze's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Cruze's interior or dash.
It plugs into your factory wiring with no cutting
The heart of the system is the Powerstage processor/amp module that plugs in between your car's stock receiver and speakers with the help of a Cruze-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Cruze's interior, then developed a program to get the strongest and cleanest audio performance possible from the stock speakers. The Powerstage module breathes new life into your vehicle's factory system, automatically correcting for the limitations of the factory speakers, then adding plenty of power so the speakers can sound their best.
Of course, there's a subwoofer with it
It wouldn't be a sonic upgrade without a subwoofer to bring bass magic to the mix. Kicker includes a custom-fit, powered subwoofer that mounts in the trunk, neatly tucked into a recess on the left side. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.
Do it yourself and save
This VSS upgrade package comes with all the hardware and brackets you'll need, and all the wiring is pre-cut and terminated to help make the installation easier. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions make this sonic upgrade a fun and rewarding project.
Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2011-up Chevy Cruze with the basic 6-speaker system. It will not work in a Cruze with the premium (Pioneer) sound system.
- audio upgrade system
- fits 2011-up Chevy Cruze with basic, 4-speaker factory system
- package includes:
- digital signal processor with built-in 4-channel amplifier
- processor features pre-set high-pass filters, EQs, and speaker time alignment
- amplifier: 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
- vehicle-specific harness connects processor to factory stereo
- VSS Substage SCRU11 custom-fit powered subwoofer
- molded plastic enclosure fits in trunk
- 10" round subwoofer
- 200 watts RMS sub amp
- all power and signal wiring pre-cut and terminated, ready for installation
- custom-engineered processor/amp mounting bracket
- illustrated installation and setup instructions
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # PCRU11
What's in the box:
- Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" subwoofer/ amplifier)
- Amplifier assembly (full range amplifier/ mounting brackets)
- 11' Subwoofer body harness
- 42" Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- Two M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
- Two M6 Speed clips
- 15 amp mini blade fuse
- Twelve 6" Zip ties
- 38" Amplifier body harness
- 42" Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
- 25 amp mini blade fuse
- Installation instructions
- Warranty information
Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System reviews
I installed the Kicker system, with amp and subwoofer. The quality of sound was definitely improved, and sounded good.. BUT... it didn't blow me away.. And for this price it needed to blow me away to keep it.. Here is the original youtube video i made of the Kicker install. After 30 days I ended up returning to Crutchfield for a refund. I decided to put my time and effort in, and get an equal (or better) sound system on my own. I installed new door speakers, and a subwoofer with a custom fiberglass box to resemble the kicker box. I spent approximately 30-40 hours making the box.
Pros: The ease of install! Super easy - plug and play. I did it all in one night (under 4 hours). The system sounded good, but I thought i could make a system as equal for less money (just a lot more time!) Crutchfield was awesome for return policy. I had it for 30 days to test out, listen to different artists, and decided to return it.
Cons: The price!! Like I said, I was happy with it, and it sounded good, but for the price the system had to blow me away..
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I really like the sound of this upgrade, they did a nice job with the staging. Sounds like instruments are all up front, even the bass. This is surprising since the sub is in the trunk. Really increases your volume as the door speakers no longer have to carry the bass, so don't distort. Subwoofer is powerful: I have bass set at zero, and it still packs a nice punch, but not enough to overpower the music. Installation is straightforward but not easy. You have to take your dash apart, which on a Chevy Cruze is not hard, but can seem daunting. Just check online for vids on how people do it, and that will really help.
Pros: Plug and play, great sound
Cons: Instructions are not the best, check online to see how people take the dash apart. Instructions don't tell you what to do with the brown and green leads that come from the harness near the radio: they're for the subwoofer, so leave them in an accessible place under the dash for when you run the sub wiring. Instructions say to turn acc. key on, and move auto shifter to low gear before removing dash. You can't do that with engine off, and it is an unneeded step anyway.
2 of 3 found this helpful
This kit was put together very well. Everything plugs in right to the factory harness. The instructions are model specific and easy to follow.
Pros: ease of installation, no cutting of factory harness, uses stock radio, greatly increases the stock radio sound quality
Cons: price, sub is a bit under powered, I wish I had a gain adjustment so I could turn the sub up or down
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More details on the Kicker VSS™ Powerstage™ System
Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PCRU11 is compatible with select 2011 and later Chevrolet Cruze models having the base factory sound system (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with factory navigation or Pioneer Audio system). Included with the system are a 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, multi-channel amp with custom mounting brackets, all the necessary cables to power the amplifiers, and adapter plugs to connect to the factory radio and speakers without cutting into any of the factory wiring.
Multi-Channel Amplifier: The multi-channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts RMS x 4 channels and powers the front and rear factory speakers. The amp also has a built-in computer-optimized, 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) programmed specifically for the car's interior and factory audio system. Custom brackets are bolted to the amp to mount it out of sight. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect between the factory radio and factory harness, so cutting/splicing/testing the existing wires is not necessary. The included power harness is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment, and specific wire routing instructions are included.
Subwoofer: The custom enclosure is loaded with a single 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The subwoofer is mounted in the trunk on the driver's side and the included wiring harness has an adapter plug that connects to the multi-channel amp's harness (for subwoofer signal input). The power cable is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment and specific wire routing instructions are included.
Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the car's charging system.
Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the amplifier mounting brackets and subwoofer enclosure are custom built to fit in the vehicle):
- Width: 8-1/4"
- Height: 1-3/8"
- Depth: 6"
- Subwoofer Enclosure:
- Width: 23-1/2"
- Height: 15-7/8"
- Depth: 8"
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