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2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Cruze stands out from other compacts with its comfort-oriented ride and overall feeling of solidity and strength. If you've been yearning for a powerful, high-mileage diesel compact sedan, the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is the only such vehicle available for 2014 besides Volkswagen's Jetta.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want your compact 5-seater in the form of a coupe or wagon, look to a model such as the Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, or Ford Focus. If all-wheel drive or sporty driving manners are on your wish list, check out the Subaru Impreza or Mazda's Mazda3.

What's New for 2014

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.

Driving the Cruze
Driving Impressions

Whether running errands around town or, yes, cruising on the highway, the 2014 Cruze's driving manners stand out for their comfort and refinement. While most compact cars have no problem...

... shuffling short distances, offering similar levels of ease on long commutes can be another matter. Here the Cruze lives up to its name with impressive smoothness. The 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder found on most models puts out the same 138 horsepower and more torque as the larger, naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine found on base LS trims, yet achieves better fuel economy. Unfortunately some turbo lag was evident from a dead stop, and the 6-speed automatic transmission in our test model was a bit sluggish to downshift. The Cruze's steering is a bit numb in the corners but nicely weighted. Stay tuned for our impressions of the diesel model, slated to arrive in summer.

1.4-LITER ECOTEC TURBO ENGINE
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedan’s 4-cylinder turbocharged engine not only delivers ample torque for a relatively fun driving experience, it's also quiet and fuel-efficient. Drivers who enjoy shifting for themselves will appreciate the Cruze's light and easy-to-use manual transmission.

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 popular apps such as Stitcher and Pandora.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Details
2014 Chevrolet Cruze photo Interior

For a compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze's interior is surprisingly roomy. In fact, it qualifies as a mid-size sedan, according the EPA's rating system. Material quality is impressive. Controls for functions such as audio and climate are easy to see, reach and use. The Cruze is commendable when it comes to seat comfort. Front legroom is excellent, while the rear bench seat is comfortable for two adults, provided the front seats are not fully extended. Higher-trim models have leather seating standard in place of cloth. Abundant sound-deadening material makes the Cruze's cabin one of the quietest in the segment.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Cruze photo

The Chevrolet Cruze's exterior styling is neither bold nor bland. We predict that the sedan's angled lines and confident stance will hold up well in the years to come. In front, the Cruze is highlighted by a split front grille that has become the "face" of other Chevrolets. What is perhaps the sedan's most striking feature are its headlights and lens housings that wrap around the front and angle sharply above the front fenders. Despite the Cruze's cavernous cargo hold, the car's trunk lid and rear are surprisingly tidy. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze comes in six trim levels that admittedly seem like alphabet soup: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, LTZ, and Diesel. Even a base LS is reasonably well-equipped with premium cloth seating, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/USB audio system, keyless entry, and a 6-month trial of GM's OnStar service. The LS does not come with cruise control. It is also the only gasoline model to use the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine – the others employ the smaller, more efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The Diesel is now the top banana of Cruze models and brings leather seats, remote starting, and MyLink audio system with 7-inch touchscreen display. All models have an impressive 10 airbags.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Chevy Cruze vary by trim and include navigation, a rear-view camera, 9-speaker Pioneer premium audio, a power driver's seat, a power sunroof, and a remote vehicle starter. An RS package offers a sportier look with a rear spoiler, lower bodywork, fog lights, and unique front and rear fascias. Enhanced safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear park assist.

Under the Hood

Three engine choices are available for the 2014 Cruze. The two gasoline models use a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter 4-cylinder or a smaller, more-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder. Both gasoline engines make 138 horsepower and run on regular unleaded. The third choice is a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel that makes an estimated 148 horsepower and impressive 258 lb-ft of torque. The diesel is estimated to earn a stunning 46 miles per gallon in highway driving, but a rancid 27 mpg in the city. While that figure is close to the manual-transmission Cruze Eco, we've found that diesels often get better-than-stated highway fuel efficiency. The diesel uses an emissions fluid that requires refilling every 10,000 miles to coincide with oil changes. The 2014 Cruze Diesel includes a 2-year maintenance plan. Gasoline models offer a choice of 6-speed manual or auto transmission, while diesels exclusively use a 6-speed automatic.

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)

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
148 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm, est.
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm, est.
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/46 mpg

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 527 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

WORST CAR EVER

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 147,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Gas mileage"

Cons: "Everything"

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

"This vehicle is nothing but junk. I have put thousands of dollars into my vehicle since I bought it. I have owned it for about 3 years, slightly used and I have had it towed 4 times within the first year of owning. It continues to have problems. My friends have owned cruze's and they have less miles and are newer vehicles that too ended up having to put thousands of dollers into this vehicle. Stay away. Don't even bother. They are junk, don't let them fool you."

Excellent vehicle.

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This car has exceeded all my expectations. It is and has been a very reliable vehicle. It has low mileage. Constantly babied as to servicing and factory recall specs. I could not envision a better car at such a good price. Choice is provided to use sun roof or not."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

no one smoked in my car.

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

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 my car still is new spouse does all maintain"

Cons: "has wheel covers instead of fancy wheels"

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

"bought car around Christmas 2011.i was disable in 6-12.car was drove 6 months. now car is drove once a week, if that much"

Will not buy again

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage"

Cons: "transmission, gear assembly, and thermstat"

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

"I purchased this vehicle new. I had no problems with the vehicle initially (good gas mileage, steering ease, interior for the most part) and I did all the maintenance as required. The transmission, if you want to call that, leaves a lot to be desired. Even after components of the transmission was replaced by the dealership at 70K, I am still having problems. It has left me stranded more than once owing to transmission and gear shifting issues (a recall repaired the gear assembly as well after 2 years of ownership). Despite any good features with this vehicle, the poor quality of the Cruze in regards to internal parts makes this vehicle a nightmare waiting to happen. There is thermostat issue that should be recalled as well. My previous vehicle, a Nissan X-terra, I had to over 14 years, with parts going bad after 10-11 years, not 4.5. Here a suggestion for a new name that will fit it better: Chevy Loose."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

bought in 2011 wish someone would have warned me

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "6 speed manual with turbo fun to drive"

Cons: "no rear cupholders or child locks"

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

"I bought my chevy cruze in 2011 brand new 2012 cruze eco it had 4 miles on it when i bought it. I really wish someone had told me not to buy the first year model chevy came out with the cruzes. my car spent more time in the shop getting the bugs worked out in the first two years than i had it . Long story short i really wish i waited a couple years to buy my cruze.I bought it thinking it would be a nice,dependable car and it's fun to drive if you like driving a stick but not very dependable it has left me setting on the side of the interstate more than once."

Standard Chevy Quality

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage"

Cons: "It leaks from every pore"

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

"Normally I will not buy a GM car. However, I needed a car with good gas mileage. The Cruze does deliver on gas mileage. However, this car has had every leak and malfunction that can be viewed on various Cruze forums. Valve cover, AC condenser, water pump, turbo oil feed, oil pan and coolant leaks. The car is a virtual sieve of leakage. The oil pan drain plug is designed to have the bolt head strip, and it does, regularly. It's only an 8mm head and easily rounds off. I keep a spare just in case. The oil pan is sealed with RTV instead of a gasket. The coolant hoses are sealed with pins and plastic snap connectors that break and leak. The AC condenser is prone to stone damage and the valve cover will just start sucking air out of the blue. The brake rotors are machined so thin they can't be turned, only replaced. They may have fixed many of these flaws in later models, but the 2012 should have been recalled."

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