2018 Chevrolet Cruze

Buyer's Guide

In 2015, Chevrolet launched the second generation of its Cruze compact, and though it arrived with gasoline power under the hood, it wasn't long before the company was talking up a new diesel engine intended to help Chevy steal sales from the TDI-powered VW Jetta and Golf.

Then the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal happened, forcing the German company to pull its diesel products from the North American market. And that's the story of how Chevrolet came to be the only company selling a diesel-powered compact car on this continent.

For 2018, Chevrolet is expanding the diesel's availability by adding it to the hatchback model's option list. That may be the only notable change for this car, but we think it's a big one.

Like last year's car, that diesel is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, and is capable of fuel consumption as low as 4.6L/100 km, which Chevy calls the lowest highway rating for any non-hybrid, non-electric car in Canada. Otherwise, the Cruze comes with a 1.4L gasoline-fueled turbo four-cylinder capable of 153 hp and 177 lb-ft. Regardless of engine/transmission combination, the Cruze is among Canada's most efficient small cars.

Notably, both engines can be ordered with manual or automatic transmissions, a rarity of choice in a marketplace that's quickly leaving manual transmissions behind. In gasoline cars, the automatic is a six-speed, while diesels get a nine-speed.

While handsome, the Cruze is hardly the most distinctive-looking small car, and is rare for how its body easily dwarfs the 16-inch wheels that are standard on mid-range trims. They look better than the base model's 15s, but here's one car where appearance-conscious buyers may want to consider optioning up to the available 17- or even 18-inch wheels.

This is an entry-level car, to be sure, but includes niceties like air conditioning and a seven-inch infotainment display in the base LS trim. And if you want a base model, you're getting a sedan: the hatchback starts out in the Cruze's mid-range LT configuration.

The LT is an attractive package, too, adding a six-speaker stereo (two more than the base model) with satellite radio, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls for Bluetooth and stereo and heated side mirrors. However, we question making heated seats an option in a $20,000-plus car; they only become standard in the top-end Premier model. And in that dressed-up trim, heated rear seats remain an extra-cost feature.

LT also opens up the option book a little wider, adding the possibility of passive keyless entry (it's standard in Premier trim), power-adjustable driver's seat and a heated steering wheel (another item included in the Premier).

As mentioned, the diesel is the best bet for keeping Cruze's fuel consumption down, with a sedan fitted with that engine and a manual transmission earning estimates of 7.8/4.6 L/100 km (city/highway). A gasser is most efficient overall with the automatic, its estimates being 8.1/6.2 L/100 km.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Specifications

There are 13 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $16,295 MSRP
7.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
153 hp @5600 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM $16,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA $19,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC $20,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB $20,695 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC $20,995 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC Cloth Seats
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD $21,695 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD $22,495 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD Cloth Seats
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF $24,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG $24,495 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG N/A N/A 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG N/A
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF $25,095 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF Leather Seats
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH $25,995 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A N/A 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH $26,695 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A N/A 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail* $29,895 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail* N/A N/A 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail* 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail*
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail* Leather Seats
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail*
4dr HB 1.6L LT w/1SG *Ltd Avail*

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Chevrolet / Cruze

Average Rating

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Trim: LTZ
by Esmond on 10-15-2012
Game changer for Chevrolet - highly recommended
- clean/simple yet sporty styling (LTZ w/upgraded wheels)
- comfortable and supportive seats
- decent room interior room; rear seat a bit cramped
- spritely performance for a 1.4L turbo 4cyl whose mission is fuel economy
- structure feels solid; good ride and handling compromise; feels very nimble in the curves, well-controlled body roll, no suspension float - yet it still manages not to punish its passengers over rough roads
- ergonomic interior with solid (if not class-leading) materials/fit-and-finish

If I were in the market for compact car - the Chevrolet Cruze would be my top choice.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

by Stephanie777 on 10-15-2012
I love my Chevy Cruze!!
I bought my Cruze in May 2012 and I really love it. It's the Cruze Eco model in Summit White with black cloth interior. It's a 6 speed manual and shifts really smoothly between gears. It has awesome fuel economy (about 700-800 km per tank) and costs around $50 to fill.

I thought it was going to be a big change in terms of size and visibility from my previous car which was very small, but I like the size, it's very comfortable and I can fit a lot inside of it. It's really easy to drive as well.

I highly recommend this car to anyone.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

by donmak on 10-11-2012
Chevy worthy
Overall much better than previous models of small size sedans, I've driven all of the previous models: cavalier, cobalt.. Based on my personal experience with the car, I rented the cruze for a business trip and the gas was surprisingly expensive, I personally thought it was the way I was driving it; chevrolet fine tuned the engine and it had a very good acceleration response. The interior of the car is very basic but the exterior styling remains the more attractive aspect of the car overall.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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