The big news for 2014 Cruze models is the availability of a turbodiesel engine. This is the powerplant of choice in about 40 percent of European Cruze models because of its fuel economy (40-plus mpg) and power output. Unlike diesels from decades ago, today's engines are quiet and don't emit stinky fumes.
For 2013, Chevy's Cruze receives a number of electronic and safety upgrades, including the availability of the MyLink infotainment system and two new color touch-screen radios, one of which features navigation. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also made available.
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sees a two-mpg increase in the highway fuel economy on models equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. A 6-speed manual is now standard on LT trims, while the Connectivity Plus Cruise package is made standard on 1LT and Eco trims. LTZ trims gain keyless entry and start as well as fog lamps.
Just a few short years ago, the compact-sedan segment was dominated by foreign automakers. Fast-forward to today, though, and we see extremely respectable models coming from the domestics. Among them is the Chevrolet Cruze, which burst onto the scene a couple of years ago with good looks, smart features, lofty fuel economy and a comfortable ride. The Cruze doesn't feel like an economy car, and its sales have proven that a quality compact from an American automaker can connect with buyers. The Cruze isn't the sportiest sedan in the segment – which includes the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla – but it offers impressive comfort and fuel economy. That latter characteristic gets a further lift in 2014 with the introduction of a turbodiesel model.
By Bill (OH) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very good fuel economy for a non-hybrid"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats on long trips"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This car has been an extremely good car from day one.It is fun to drive and delivers very good gas mileage.Combined city/highway mileage is 34.5 mpg.Highway mpg averages 37mpg.It has a throaty exhaust sound under acceleration and the 1.4 liter turbo-engine provides very good passing ability.I rated the interior/comfort ratings a little lower than the others because the interior panels and dash have a unique design but dirt gathers in this design and is difficult to clean.The seats are stiff and while they may provide a sport car feel they are not for long trips.The seat belts are difficult to engage because the holders are too short at the console.Chevrolet will provide extensions free upon request.The oil filter is in a clumsy location on top of the engine and is difficult to access. It is a slide in paper filter and because of its location has led to a recall from Chevrolet for dripping oil during oil changes.This oil could hit hot engine parts and cause a fire.I just received this recall so I will have to see what is done to correct this.I should tell you I believe Chevrolet intended this car for a younger generation.I am a senior citizen who has enjoyed many cars in my lifetime.With better seats and an easier to clean interior this car would be a hit for seniors.I found the 6 speed transmission to be very smooth shifting and easy to use.However,I am not comfortable with very hard acceleration from a standing start due to what I feel is that the engine revs too high.I feel the shift points need changed to shift quicker.The transmission shift lever has a feature that allows you to shift gears manually which I really feel is not needed on this car unless you are hot-rodding it.This lever if accidentally bumped will scare you as the car will not shift and the first time it happened I thought the transmission had gone beserk.The exterior stying/fit/paint is very good and has held up great as I do not have a garage to keep it in.Overall I am very pleased with my Cruze and would buy it again."
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By Chumpkinizer (PA) on Thursday, May 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, maneuverable, decent mileage, price"
Cons: "Tranny sometimes hunts for gear. Blind spot"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have never liked Chevy cars and haven't bought one in 42 years of driving. Till I met the Cruze. I was looking for a new car to replace my 19 year old beater and the Cruze made the short-list based on the numbers. I test drove one and was blown away by the performance compared to cars with similar size/price. Then my wife's car blew an engine and we needed to make a fast purchase decision. We chose Cruze and I'm glad we did. The 1.4L Turbo feels like a much larger engine and has plenty of get-up when you punch it. It maneuvers nicely and handles well. It is a very responsive car and the overall driving experience is very positive. Now with 5500 miles on ours and a winter under our belts I can definitely say that I have very positive feelings for this car. Two weeks after we bought the car, I hit some black ice and the car's stability and traction controls kicked in and held the car straight till I was off the ice. Without those systems, I would have skidded across the line into oncoming traffic. During the winter in hilly PA, I have felt the assistance on a couple of occasions and I am glad the car is watching out for us. The front seats feel like a larger car (but the back is a bit cramped). The trunk is much larger and deeper than the exterior size of the car would suggest, and we've never had a problem hauling our gear around, or doing a major shopping trip. The electronics package and driver information displays are nicely done, and the bluetooth/hands-free phone feature is a definite plus for me. The two downchecks that I have noted is that a short driver may have a serious blind spot seeing to the right front corner of the car due to the placement of the righthand rear-view mirror and roof pillar. Less of a problem for taller driver. (Think husband OK, wife not so much). Also, while the engine has substantial acceleration available, the 6-speed automatic sometimes delays the acceleration for a fraction of a second while it selects the appropriate gear to use, then kicks in and takes off. Gas mileage is very dependent on driver technique. Running stop-and-go in mixed rural and city driving, with steep and hilly terrain my wife gets about 29-30 MPG. I tend to try to stretch the gas when I can, and I get in the low to mid '30s over the same runs. We haven't really had it out on the open highway for long cruises, so I can't report on highway mileage numbers. Thus far, the car has needed no service attention other than an oil change. The body and fittings are still "tight" and the car has developed NO rattles, squeaks or annoying little sounds that every car I've ever owned have had. Overall opinion is very positive. I would recommend this car to anyone who asks. I still need to replace the beater I commute in, and I am seriously considering another Cruze."
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By FloridaDriver (FL) on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "MPG is awesome."
Cons: "For the $ -no complaints. Chevy hits home run."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I am so confused by some of the reviews about this car. Yes, if I run this car like I am in a NASCAR race I will get only mileage in the 30's.....but if I drive sensibly - I have NO problem getting wonderful mileage. My average (for the whole 21,000 I have driven it) mileage is 44. I easily hit 50 often. I drive country roads - do a little "hypermiling" (pop it in neutral and coast towards stops)and I accelerate moderately. To work and back I average about 47 to 48 mpg daily. Awesome. Car is fairly quiet, very comfortable, and is pretty sharp looking - especially if you tint the windows. I can't believe anyone complaining about the mpg. It is better than advertised for me. I LOVE this car....."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful