2019 Chevrolet Cruze

Buyer's Guide

The second generation of Chevrolet's Cruze compact gets a mid-cycle update for 2019 that brings new front-end styling and LED signature lighting, restyled wheels and a new Chevrolet Infotainment system (it's no longer called MyLink) standard across the line with a 7.0-inch touchscreen.

This update also brings an important question about the Cruze's powertrain, which may or may not still be available with a manual transmission. Rumours started circulating in early 2018 that this 2019 model might be automatic only, and while GM's information on the car lists fuel economy figures for both manual and automatic transmissions, other sources (like the specs below) show a car that comes with self-shifters only.

So we'll leave that alone for now and focus on what we do know about this good-looking little car. The Cruze comes as a sedan and hatchback and can be had with either a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine good for 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque or a 1.6L diesel that makes 137 hp and 240 lb-ft.

Assuming the demise of the manual transmission (which was available with either engine), the gasser gets a six-speed automatic and the diesel a nine-speed.

Other changes include the addition of standard single-zone automatic air conditioning in LT and Premier trims, and the driver confidence II package gains low-speed forward automatic braking and front pedestrian braking.

There's a revised trim range too, which no longer includes a bargain L sedan configuration. Both sedan and hatchback models now start out in LS trim and can be optioned through LT to the Premier variant, while the diesel engine is marketed as a trim unto itself for a total of eight distinct versions across the board.

The Cruze faces stiff competition in a segment that is basically owned by the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. But despite the continuing push crossovers and SUVs are making for entry-level buyers, the compact car category remains important in Canada, where these affordable and increasingly refined cars are more popular than in the U.S.

And while we stand behind our contention that the Cruze is a good-looking car, it looks awkward in its lower trim levels thanks to 16-inch wheels that are dwarfed by the car's body.

Fuel consumption estimates for the Cruze are 8.1/6.0 L/100 km (city/highway) for the gas engine with the automatic transmission and 7.7/5.0 for the diesel and automatic combination.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Specifications

There are 8 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $21,095 MSRP
7
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 LS $21,095 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn LS 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn LS 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn LS
4dr Sdn LS Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn LS
4dr Sdn LS
4dr HB LS $21,895 5 Hatchback
4dr HB LS 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB LS 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB LS
4dr HB LS Cloth Seats
4dr HB LS
4dr HB LS
4dr Sdn LT $22,195 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn LT 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn LT 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn LT
4dr Sdn LT Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn LT
4dr Sdn LT
4dr HB LT $22,995 5 Hatchback
4dr HB LT 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB LT 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB LT
4dr HB LT Cloth Seats
4dr HB LT
4dr HB LT
4dr Sdn Premier $24,495 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Premier 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Premier 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn Premier
4dr Sdn Premier Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr Sdn Premier
4dr Sdn Premier
4dr HB Premier $25,295 5 Hatchback
4dr HB Premier 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB Premier 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB Premier
4dr HB Premier Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr HB Premier
4dr HB Premier
4dr Sdn Diesel $26,595 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Diesel 137 hp @3750 rpm 240 ft-lb @2000 rpm 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Diesel 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn Diesel
4dr Sdn Diesel N/A
4dr Sdn Diesel
4dr Sdn Diesel
4dr HB Diesel $27,395 5 Hatchback
4dr HB Diesel 137 hp @3750 rpm 240 ft-lb @2000 rpm 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB Diesel 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB Diesel
4dr HB Diesel N/A
4dr HB Diesel
4dr HB Diesel

Owner Reviews: 2019 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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