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Check out the Chevrolet Cruze

October 3rd, 2013

car shoppingIf you’re car shopping for a smaller vehicle, looking at our compact sedan segment is a great place to start your research. Our consumer car reviewers tested nine automobiles of this size and gave us their unbiased opinions. Coming in fourth in the segment was the Chevrolet Cruze with a 3.6 out of 5 score. This compact sedan replaced Chevrolet’s Cobalt and has been generally well liked ever since. Since its release in 2009, the Chevrolet Cruze has sold 2 million units, according to General Motors. This automobile has been such a hit that GM attributes a lot of their success in recent years to its high sales.

With publications now reviewing the 2014 models of the Chevrolet Cruze, the diesel model is being celebrated as the first affordable diesel vehicle from Detroit’s Big Three.  The model gets 46 mpg highway, slightly beating its competition – the VW Jetta TDI, which gets 43 mpg.

As owners of compact sedans, our testers were able to give us their opinions on how they felt the Chevrolet Cruze compared to other vehicles of this size. The downside noted by these testers was the value for the money. With prices starting at $17,170, the Cruze came in third in the price category – behind the Honda Civic and Ford Focus – and was ranked Below Average for this aspect.

On the up side, the Chevrolet Cruze received an Average or higher rating for every other graded category. When car shopping, it’s easy to be first attracted to a vehicle due to its interior and exterior appearance. The Cruze got rave reviews for both of these aspects, with testers stating that this automobile had appealing headlight shapes, detailing, proportions and was made with quality materials.

A few other comments shared by our consumer car reviewers about the Chevrolet Cruze:

  • The controls within the steering wheel are intuitive and easy to reach.car shopping
  • The size, light, button size and layout of the sound system were liked.
  • Reviewers favored the adjustability of the steering wheel.
  • The trunk closes easily.

The Chevrolet Cruze is available as a manual or automatic for any model, excluding the automatic diesel version. Optional models of the Chevrolet Cruze:

LS: As the basic model of the Chevrolet Cruze, this option comes with the typical standard features, some of which include remote keyless entry, Sirius XM Satellite radio, daytime running lamps, tire pressure monitor and OnStar.
1LT: Small extras can sometimes make all the difference. Accents like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and alloy wheels take this model a step further than the LS.
Eco: With a concentration on better fuel economy, this model gets 42 MPG highway. Added extras include a rear spoiler, aero performance package, turbo engine and more.
2LT: Everything offered on the LS and 1LT model is included in the 2LT, along with some higher quality elements. The most notable feature of this model is likely the sport-tuned suspension. Drivers will also enjoy leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, 17” 5-spoke flangeless alloy wheels and more.
LTZ: This model is the Cruze’s luxury version, adding slick details like fog lamps, keyless access with push-button start, chrome door handles, remote vehicle starter system and more. For the driver that is car shopping for a smaller sedan, but still wants a high-quality ride at an affordable price, this might be a great option for you to consider.
Turbo Diesel: With a 2.0L turbocharged clean diesel engine, this model emits “90% less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions compared to previous-generation diesel engines,” according to Chevrolet’s website. Additionally, this version of the Cruze comes with leather appointed seats, sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats and other extras.

If you’re looking for a car that is stylish, comfortable and on the smaller side – the Chevrolet Cruze may be perfect for your lifestyle. Are you car shopping for a smaller automobile? Hop on over to our comparison tool to evaluate which compact sedan is right for your needs.