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. Plus, we named it to our list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.
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 Chumpkinizer 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."
21 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By dmrock on Thursday, July 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Body style,interior,rides great,mpg"
Cons: "Trans. shift a little odd but no big deal"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Right after I bought my Cruze Ls, after reading other reviews I was thinking I made a mistake by not upgrading to the eco 1.4 turbo model.I was reading the Ls model mileage was not close to what it was suppose to be.I've only had my car for a week now but I am VERY impressed by the mileage. I drive approx. 70 mi round trip to work everyday (mainly highway) and i've been getting an average of around 38 mpg with no air on and 35 mpg with air! Understand i'm going from driving a Dodge dakota truck everyday (18mpg) and $80 dollars a week to this.Also love the car's looks and features it looks like it cost alot more.I'm 6'4" and am very comfortable in this car.Granted it does shift a little odd especially notice when slowing down or coming to a stop but from what i've read this is normal for the car,anyway I can live with this problem easy just keep giving me the great mileage! I was going to get a Honda Civic so glad I got the Chevy Cruze instead."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Arkansas' Finest on Saturday, December 04, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"My wife and I purchased our 2011 Chevy Cruze LS. We weighed the difference between the LS, LT1, LT2, LTZ and the RS. When it came right down to it, the LS had the majority of the features all the other models had, with a few exceptions, like leather and the turbo, steering wheel radio controls and Cruise Control. The LS has standard 6 speed Auto trans, p/w, p/l, tilt AND telescopic wheel. It has both digital and analog dash readouts. A very easy and functional XM/MP3/Navigation/Stereo CD, that is expected in a much more expensive vehicle. The ride is extremely QUIET. very little road noise or engine noise (for a 4cyl). The trunk is very large for a car of this caliber. Much larger than any of the other cars in this class. We are averaging 23.5 MPG around the city with hills. Very pleased with this vehicle. We bought the car at a dealer discounted offer for $16,500.00. The warranty is 5 yrs/100k miles along with the road side assistance. The styling reminds us very much like the BMW 3 series, as does the impressive interior. (Don't expect it to perform like a BMW though.) All in All this is a GREAT vehicle for the money. Chevy has really made a great comeback with this vehicle. Would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle for those who don't have an unltd checking account and want a solid vehicle."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful