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Chevrolet Cruze

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze What's new for 2014? 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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.

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze What's new for 2013? 
2013 Chevrolet Cruze

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.

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze What's new for 2012? 
2012 Chevrolet Cruze

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.


About Chevrolet Cruze

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Glad we bought the Cruze

By on Thursday, May 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

LOVE my Cruze!!

By on Monday, February 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600

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
9/10

Pros: "Awesome car for the money!"

Cons: "Low front end so it scrapes on parking blocks."

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

"I had a long running history of Lemon-esque vehicles for many years that was totally compounded by the purchase of a "new to me" (1 year old) Chevy Aveo. There is a reason they aren't selling the Aveo anymore and it is because that car is the biggest waste of money on the market. When I went through the whole buy back process with GM, I just assumed that any Chevy I could afford was going to be a total piece of junk, but I was required to buy another Chevy for the terms of the agreement. I started doing some research and I found the Cruze Eco which in theory would fit my needs and be a safe, reliable transport for my young son. I will tell you that the Cruze is not only an amazingly comfortable, safe and BEAUTIFUL car, but it is absolutely fantastic on gas, has very limited maintenance requirements and has the get up and go that you need to be able to commute where I live. I absolutely love this car!! I HIGHLY recommend this car to people with kids because it has a five star safety rating (10 airbags standard) and it has a great grip of the road. It comes standard with OnStar for 6 months which I also highly recommend. The OnStar service is amazing! The car gets incredibly good gas mileage and even in-town, I am still averaging 25-30 MPG. Freeway is closer to 35-40. I could not be happier with my decision to purchase this vehicle! I am a huge fan of the Cruze Eco! :)"

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Glad I bought the Cruze instead of a Honda Civic

By on Thursday, July 19, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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