Consumer Reviews Summary
49 of 64 (76%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Chevrolet Cruze Overview
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze enters its third year of production, no longer the new kid on the block but a grizzled contender in the compact segment that gets a few additions for the 2013 model year.
The Cruze is only offered as a sedan in the United States and its styling is on the conservative side when placed alongside competitors like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, and Dodge Dart. But conservative doesn’t mean boring; we actually like how the Cruze looks, especially from the rear, with good proportions and crisp lines.
Under the hood you have a choice of two engine options, both of which produce 138-horsepower. The first is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is the base engine, with an available turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder. Although the two engines produce the same horsepower, the turbocharged four-cylinder offers more torque (148 pounds-feet vs. 125) and better fuel efficiency. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available.
Fuel economy numbers check in at 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the base engine (22/35 with the automatic), while the turbocharged engine returns 26/38 mpg city/highway. A specialized ECO version of the Cruze is also available, which adds a few suspension/aerodynamic tweaks and unique transmission tuning to top the charts at 28/42 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Cruze splits its features across five trim levels (LS, 1LT, 2LT, LTZ, and ECO). Interior volume is comparable to other cars in the segment (equal to the Honda Civic) but the Cruze excels when it comes to cargo volume (15.4 cubic feet). Standard features include a 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, air conditioning, auxiliary audio input, and keyless entry. Upgrades are available, including leather upholstery, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, heated front seats, and new for 2013, Chevy’s MyLink entertainment system. MyLink adds voice command recognition and a plethora of other streaming services like Pandora internet radio.
Safety comes standard on the 2013 Cruze, which got a full-five star crash test rating from the NHTSA and an IIHS Top Safety Pick Award. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. The new Enhanced Safety Package offers blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and rear park assist.
The Chevrolet Cruze is an excellent car for both commuters and young families, with its generous cargo space and stellar fuel economy.