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2018 Chevrolet Cruze KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

Now in its second generation, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a popular, fuel-efficient compact available as a 4-door sedan or a sporty and versatile 5-door hatchback. The standard engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 153 horsepower. Although a 6-speed manual transmission is standard, its best fuel economy is achieved with the more popular 6-speed automatic. The EPA rates that combination at 30-mpg city and 40-mpg highway. But the Cruze also offers the only diesel engine in its class. With the manual transmission, the 137-horsepower Cruze diesel sedan leads its segment with a 52-mpg highway rating. Although that number drops to 47 mpg with the optional 9-speed automatic, it’s still ahead of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus or Toyota Corolla.

You'll Like This Car If...

You’ll like the Chevy Cruze if you’re looking for a quiet, comfortable and fuel-efficient compact sedan or hatchback with available safety technology like blind-spot monitoring and a forward-collision alert system. Road trippers should shop the diesel with 52 highway mpg and over 700 miles of range.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Every 2018 Chevy Cruze is front-wheel drive, so if you’re looking for an all-wheel-drive compact, turn your attention to the Subaru Impreza which comes standard with AWD. If dynamic handling is your thing, the Cruze won’t satisfy, so check out the sportier Mazda3, Honda Civic and Ford Focus.

What's New for 2018

Last year the Chevy Cruze got a bump in available technology as well as addition of the hatchback body style and the optional diesel engine in the sedan. This year Chevy offers the Cruze hatchback diesel for the first time and adds a new available color, Satin Steel Gray Metallic.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Smooth, quiet and comfortable, the 2018 Chevy Cruze is satisfying to drive around town and it feels substantial on the highway with a composed ride and a confident locked-in quality. It's refreshing to find a compact sedan that's actually a really good highway cruiser. Unfortunately, despite available forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist and other advanced safety features, adaptive cruise control is not offered. There may be sportier cars in this class, but driving the 2018 Chevy Cruze isn’t a snoozer. The 1.4-liter 4-cylinder is a gem, quiet and smooth, and while it won't wow you with its power, the Cruze is hardly slow. The engine also plays very nicely with the 6-speed automatic transmission that is far and away the most popular choice. With the larger 18-inch wheels the Cruze can handle twists and turns well, but its steering doesn’t offer as much feel as you’ll find in the Mazda3.

Favorite Features

This clever system monitors your teen’s driving habits and sends you updates and alerts. It allows you to set a speed alert, as well as a max volume limit on the Cruze’s audio system. It also disables the sound system until the front-seat occupants have buckled their seatbelts.

Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the best with quick response, clean graphics and an intuitive touch-screen interface. It comes with a standard 7-inch screen, but an 8-inch screen is optional. The system offers onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice activation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Navigation is also available.

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