Production of the Chevy Cruze was kickstarted in 2008 and was released in the United States for the 2011 model year. It was quickly realized that this was the compact car that America needed. This fuel-efficient sedan was small enough to maneuver through crowded city streets and squeeze into tight parking spots. It became popular with urban dwellers and folks who like to save a lot of money on gas.
The second generation began in 2014 and was revised again in 2016. You can find this vehicle in multiple trim levels with various features. However, the staple of this petite ride is its compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Enabling music streaming and app usage, the vehicle's infotainment system was very much appreciated by the younger crowd of car-buyers.
Offered briefly as a hatchback as well, all Cruze models can seat up to five people. For their last year of production, the sedans had a trunk that offers 13.9 cubic feet of space, and the hatchback models offered 22.7 cubic feet of space. Another amazing thing about the Cruze hatchback is that you can push the back seats down to expand the cargo area to 47.2 cubic feet for the 2019 model year.
Offered as a gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle, you can find these models with either a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, or a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder diesel motor. The average fuel economy for the Cruze is between 29 and 39 MPG, depending on the year. That is exceptional for a non-hybrid vehicle.
Now, let's dive deeper into the various unique features of the Chevy Cruze.
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been completely redesigned and gets a modern and stylish new exterior, an interior with even more room the before, and an excellent new turbocharged engine. This latest incarnation of the Cruze is built on a lighter platform than the previous generation, and that means this new model now weighs-in at a healthy 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor. As we're all aware, reducing weight makes a vehicle more dynamic and can dramatically help both acceleration and fuel economy.
The first thing you're going to notice about the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the extremely attractive new exterior. With gas prices remaining relatively low at the moment, not as many people actually need to go for a small, economical car as was the case a few years ago. What the designers at Chevy have done is to come up with a car that's so handsome that buyers will want to buy this small car rather than needing to buy a small car. It might have been easy for them to put all their efforts into the exterior and just do a few tweaks to the interior, but they've gone the whole way with the Cruze and the new cabin is equally as impressive as that sleek, modern exterior.
If you're not a fan of being presented with a huge list of engine choices to choose from, you'll love the simplicity of the Cruze and its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is included on all trim levels. When an engine is this good, why do you need to offer a plethora of others? The 1.4 is about 44 pounds lighter than the engine in the previous Cruze, delivers 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, and comes connected to either a new 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.
Four different trim levels are available for the new Chevy Cruze, the L, LS, LT, and Premier. No matter which one you choose, this sleek sedan is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Continuously variable valve timing helps push efficiency to a new level, while peak output is respectable at 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. All but the Premier trim can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is available as well. With this model, drivers can take advantage of front-wheel drive, MacPherson struts, and a rear compound crank with a Z-link suspension, making for tight handly and plenty of fun for drivers.
While being entertained by the 2017 Cruze is important, even more critical are the many safety innovations. There are 10 standard airbags for all versions of the car, providing a soft cushion for everyone sitting in the outboard seats. All models are also equipped with a rearview camera, which automatically turns on whenever the transmission is put into reverse. That tech combines with an optional rear park assist, which alerts drivers to the presence of an obstacle, even if it's out of view. An available follow distance indicator lets drivers know automatically if they're too close to the vehicle directly in front of the sedan. Other driver's aids include rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and lane keep assist.
Parents can rest easy, knowing the new Cruze comes with a Teen Driver system. Certain vehicle features can be customized, activating automatically when certain key fobs are used with the car. For example, young drivers wouldn't be able to turn off the different assistance technologies. At any time, parents can access a comprehensive report about their child's driving habits, as recorded by the car.
OnStar Automatic Crash Response means help is sent to the sedan's location once sensors detect a wreck. Emergency crews can arrive sooner, potentially saving lives in the process, making this technology invaluable.
Many interior features are standard in the 2017 Cruze. Among them is air conditioning, rear floor-mounted air ducts, power locks/windows, tire pressure monitoring, a 4-speaker sound system and a front center console with an arm rest. Moving up the trims will gradually add more equipment, and in turn greater conveniences as well as certain luxuries. With the keyless entry and ignition, drivers don't need to get out the key at all, allowing them to simply press buttons to unlock the doors and start the engine. Leather upholstery is also available, plus front seat heaters and a power sunroof. A premium 9-speaker sound system from Bosch can also be added, along with a full-color driver information center.
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, available in a sedan and hatchback, offers drivers the technology they crave, the cargo room they need and the fuel efficiency to keep them on the road long after Cruze competitors check out for a refill.
But the No. 1 reason to buy the new Cruze is the way it drives. With its spacious seats, the 2018 Cruze, unlike most other compacts, can comfortably carry up to 5 people, whether it's a commute to work in Indianapolis or a road trip near Lawrence and Greenfield.
The 2018 Cruze features a standard 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 153 horsepower — 6 more ponies than its rival, the Hyundai Elantra. There is also an available 137-horsepower turbodiesel option as well and it's now available in the hatchback body style for the first time.
In addition to its power, the new Cruze has a 13.7 gallon fuel tank, one gallon more than the Ford Focus. The 2018 Cruze also gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. If you want an even more fuel-efficient new Cruze, the turbodiesel gets up to 31 mpg in the city and up to 52 mpg on the highway.
Unlike most compacts, the 2018 Cruze features a cabin that's modern, filled with premium materials, available leather seats and a Bose® sound system. The hatchback has the most cargo space with up to 47.2 cubic feet available once the back seats are folded down — that's nearly 4 more cubic feet than the Focus. Among the new Cruze sedans, the L and LS models have the largest trunk space with 14.8 cubic feet — more than the 13 feet offered by the Corolla and the 12.4 cubic feet the Mazda3 provides.
For drivers in Indianapolis, Greenfield and Lawrence who want to remain connected wherever they roam, then the 2018 Cruze is sure to meet their demands. All trim levels feature the Chevy MyLink infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Other standard features include a WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth®, USB port and 4 speakers.
Available tech features include:
Both the new Cruze sedan and hatchback received a 5-star overall safety rating by the NHTSA. It comes standard with a rearview camera and Chevy's Teen Driver Assist. This feature allows adults to set speed limits and stereo volume on the vehicle.
Available safety features include:
The 2019 Chevy Cruze stands out, even on the outside. You can rely on its standard all-season tires for safe driving in all weather conditions. The Chevy Cruze also has plenty of great available exterior features.
If you go with the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT trim, you can get custom-molded front and rear splash guards as available features. The Chevy Cruze offers 17-inch aluminum wheels as an available feature on its LT trim, as well. The Chevy Cruze is one of the few 2019 models made with a spacious interior including many convenient features.
The Chevy Cruze runs on a standard 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This provides 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, and it works in tandem with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive system. The 2019 Chevy Cruze can also run on an available 1.6L turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, which gives you 137 horsepower as well as 240 lb-ft of torque.
The new Chevy Cruze using the 1.6L diesel engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 31 MPG in the city and 48 MPG on the highway. The Chevy Cruze using the 1.4L engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 28 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.
The 2019 Chevy Cruze includes standard safety features such as a rearview camera, 4-wheel ABS and Stability Control. You can use these features to brake more quickly and maintain better control of the Chevy Cruze on the road. Traction Control is another standard safety feature which adds to the vehicle’s safety even more. With this, you can more easily drive across unstable terrain and poor road conditions without worrying about your safety and your passengers’ safety.
Chevrolet’s commitment to safety doesn’t stop there. In fact, the Chevy Cruze offers added confidence with its available Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Rear Park Assist, and other driver-assist features. Schedule a test-drive to learn more about its smart safety systems.
The Chevy Cruze provides Indianapolis, IN drivers and their passengers with plenty of room and cargo space. The seats let you and your passengers sit comfortably, even at maximum capacity. You can also enjoy the available heated front seats which keep you and your front passenger warm and cozy. The available 8-way power driver’s seat keeps you comfortable with many adjustments. The new Chevy Cruze includes convenient features that make its interior even more comfortable.
One of these convenient interior features is the automatic climate control on the 2019 Chevy Cruze Premier trim. The Chevy Cruze Sedan includes standard air conditioning on all other trims. Indianapolis, IN, drivers and their passengers will stay cool and comfy no matter which trim they choose. The Chevy Cruze provides you with a high level of performance on the road, as well.
The Chevy Cruze features a 7-inch touchscreen as a standard feature for its infotainment system. An AM/FM radio and Bluetooth® audio streaming is another standard infotainment feature, in addition to a USB port. You can use the standard USB port to charge your devices or display your media. You also get at least 4 speakers on any trim of the 2019 Chevy Cruze, so you can listen to your music or movies with crisp audio quality. The LT trim of the Chevy Cruze includes a total of 6 speakers as a standard feature. Drivers looking for the ultimate entertainment experience can add the available Bose® premium audio system and SiriusXM® satellite radio. You can find out more about the Chevy Cruze at Blossom Chevrolet.