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2013 Chevrolet Cruze

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

With the exception of one or two models, foreign manufacturers have pretty much dominated the lucrative compact-car segment. Determined to put an end to this cycle, General Motors has rejuvenated its Chevrolet division to embark on the mission for which it was originally created: building solid, affordable and attractive cars at a fair price. To this end, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan seems to hit all the right marks, offering a desirable blend of styling, comfort, economy and features. And, while it's true that the entry-level Cruze isn't priced as competitively as some compacts, the price gap quickly closes once comparable features are added. When it comes to ride, handling, interior appointments and overall drivability, Chevy's 2013 Cruze sedan is a step above most other compacts.

You'll Like This Car If...

Where some compacts feel light and flimsy, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze exudes a feeling of solidity and strength. Those seeking maximum fuel economy will likely be impressed by the Eco model's 42-mpg EPA highway figure.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If exciting exterior styling and a powerful engine top your list of must haves, Chevrolet's 2013 Cruze compact sedan takes a backseat to cars such as the Mazda Mazda3, Ford Focus and Honda Civic Si.

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the Cruze

Driving Impressions The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze offers two engine choices: A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower and a peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with the same horsepower but more torque and better...

fuel economy. While we love the turbocharged engine, we did find some lag upon acceleration from a dead stop, a characteristic we blame on the somewhat sluggish 6-speed automatic's inability to downshift with any authority. As for the Cruze's driving dynamics, we mostly found them pleasant and even a bit sporty. The ride is impressively stable and smooth and the steering, although a bit numb in the corners, is nicely weighted. Even when the road ahead gets a bit twisty, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze manages to remain poised, with minimal body roll and lean. The electric-assist power steering, which weighs less than hydraulic types and thus enhances fuel economy, delivers good feedback and generally feels direct and well balanced.

1.4-LITER ECOTEC TURBO ENGINE
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan's 4-cylinder turbocharged engine not only delivers ample torque for a fun drive, it's also quiet and fuel-efficient.

MYLINK INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
MyLink provides voice controls for the phone, music and radio, as well as Bluetooth music streaming. MyLink can also pair with certain smartphones to stream such popular apps as Stitcher and Pandora.

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Details
2013 Chevrolet Cruze photo Interior

Chevrolet spent a lot of time and effort the get the 2013 Cruze's interior right, and it has paid off handsomely. The quality of the materials, combined with their design and execution, is far and away above anything else in this price range. Seat comfort, both front and rear, is another area where the Cruze sedan shines. Legroom up front is excellent, while the rear seats offer a comfortable place for two adults – as long as the front seats are not fully extended. Attention to safety is evident by the Cruze's 10 airbags, including front and rear seat-mounted side airbags and front knee airbags. Ample use of sound-deadening material makes the Cruze sedan's cabin one of the quietest in the segment.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Cruze photo

Chevrolet gave the 2013 Cruze sedan an aggressive hood and front fender treatment connected to a split front grille that has become the company's current "face." The Cruze's wide stance and big wheel-and-tire combo impart a solid, stable look that makes the car seem larger than its compact status. Base models ride on 16-inch rims, with the more expensive models on 17- and 18-inchers. For those who might prefer a more stylized ride, Chevrolet offers a number of exterior and interior appearance packages that include machine-finished wheels, a rear spoiler, body-colored mirrors and door handles, and fog lamps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Chevrolet Cruze LS comes equipped with a 1.8-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, 10 airbags, air conditioning, keyless entry and power windows and door locks. Opting for the 1LT model brings a 6-speed automatic transmission paired to a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB port, power mirrors and steering-wheel audio controls. The 2LT Cruze adds leather seating surfaces, voice-activated MyLink infotainment system, a 6-way power driver's seat, color LCD touch-screen radio and heated front seats. The top-of-the-line LTZ trim further enhances the Cruze sedan with rear park assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch wheels and dual-zone climate control.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze vary by trim and include the Technology Package with MyLink and a rear-vision camera, and the Enhanced Safety Package that brings rear park assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. A sporty RS Package is also available, offering front fog lamps, rocker panel moldings and a rear spoiler. Additional features include a power moonroof, color touch-screen GPS navigation, heated outside mirrors and a Pioneer premium audio system.

Under the Hood

Chevrolet offers two engine choices for the 2013 Cruze: a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque (standard on base LS models) and a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. An available 6-speed manual on the turbo models makes them ultimately more fun to drive, but we know the vast majority of Cruzes will go out the door with the Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission. Using a combination of lighter materials, better aerodynamics and low-rolling-resistance tires allows the Cruze Eco to achieve hybrid-like fuel economy that exceeds 40 mpg on the EPA highway cycle.

Cruze LS
1.8-liter inline-4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg (manual), 22/35 mpg (automatic)

Cruze LT, LTZ and Eco
1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
138 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm (manual), 148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm (automatic)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/38 mpg (manual), 26/38 mpg (automatic), 28/42 mpg (manual, Eco), 26/39 mpg (automatic, Eco)

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 491 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Cruze Diesel

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Overall great."

Cons: "Rear seat legroom with driver over 6 foot tall"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"First small car after 10 Cadillacs. Good dash layout with almost everything you would want being standard equipment. Plenty of headroom for up to 75" driver with satisfactory legroom except for passenger behind tall driver. Trunk is plenty large with good clearance height. Diesel provides enough acceleration for highway driving to 75 or so. Mileage is superb with trips from Chicagoland to mid Florida averaging 45 mpg overall with 50 on highway at 70 mph. Enhanced safety package works really well informing driver of blind spot traffic and parking lot cross traffic."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great mpg, quiet cabin

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Backup camera, trunk space, quiet cabin, mpgs"

Cons: "moderate power, smaller back seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"hello, Are you looking for a fuel efficient vehicle? I drive 70+ miles per day on average. Averaging over 35 mpg's with my 2014. Not chalk full of power but enough to power to pass when needed. Interior is pretty nice. Touch screen is great, Bluetooth is also a nice touch for safety. Ok stereo sound, CD player has worked well. Love that you can stream music with nearly any device. Wonderful tech for an economy car. Cabin is very quiet and the suspension handles rough roads very well. Steering is easy and handling seems just fine. Best cruise control I've ever had on a vehicle. Good information center, tells you what you need to know including tire air pressure etc... Able to get a family of four in reasonably well. Notes: Cup holders are a bit cramped up front. Visibility is good, no big blind spots. Very nice quality back up camera, cool feature to have. Large trunk space, can fit a surprising amount of whatever. Overall good value and well built. No rattles or trouble at 33,500 miles. Happy owner so far."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Awesome car

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "beautiful, stylish, economic, good price"

Cons: "I have trouble not speeding in it!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Chevy Cruze LTZ RS. It is stylish and beautiful. Drives great, looks great, and makes me feel great!! I noticed some folks think it sits low.. but I am coming out of a Cavalier which was even lower. This car sits perfect and I even have bad knees."

For the most part it has been a good car.

By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"purchase new November of 2013. now Aug. 2015 and I have 95500 miles on it. Its been good the only thing to go wrong was at 95400 miles the transmission went out and had to be rebuilt.(covered 100% by warranty) the gas mileage could be a little better. about 25 in winter and 27.5 in summer combined 60% city to 40% hwy. though the LT. or LTZ versions do get better mileage. I would recommend this car for the price its a nice little car."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love my Cruze

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love everything about this car"

Cons: "Having nothing negative to say about this car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this Cruze brand new and can only say good things about this vehicle. Have never had any problems with it and if I decide to buy another vehicle, will probably purchase another 6 speed manual Cruze."

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Due to our ages it is getting difficult to get

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Made me feel younger."

Cons: "No cons except for being low for getting in and of"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"in and out of the car. I love this car and it makes me sad to sell it but we need an SUV for easier getting in and out."

12 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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