2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

City mpg:
28
Highway mpg:
39

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Cruze L Manual include 1.4L I-4 153hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability, power mirrors.

2018 Chevrolet
Cruze Sedan

Starting at: $16,975

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers - 4
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 153hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 177 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.5mm x 82.6mm (2.85" x 3.25")
  • Compression ratio - 9.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,666mm (183.7")
  • Exterior body width - 1,791mm (70.5")
  • Exterior height - 1,458mm (57.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Front legroom - 1,067mm (42.0")
  • Rear legroom - 917mm (36.1")
  • Front headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Rear headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,318mm (51.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Interior cargo volume - 419 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 153hp @ 5,600RPM
  • Torque - 177 lb.-ft. @ 2,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 32mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.7gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 40mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 195/65SR15.0
  • Rear tires - 195/65SR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
L Manual 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L Manual Search New $16,975   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  28 / 39  
LS Manual 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS Manual Search New $18,525   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  27 / 40  
LS Auto 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS Auto Search New $19,525   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  29 / 40  
LT Manual 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT Manual Search New $20,845   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  27 / 40  
LT Auto 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT Auto Search New $21,450   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  29 / 40  
Premier Auto 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Premier Auto Search New $23,475   153-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  29 / 39  
LT Diesel Manual 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT Diesel Manual Search New $23,795   137-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  30 / 52  
LT Diesel Auto 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT Diesel Auto Search New $25,395   137-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  31 / 47  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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According to Chevrolet, the Cruze sedan can accelerate from zero to sixty in less than eight seconds, which is adequate. The engine is fairly smooth, but there is a hesitation in the acceleration when you floor it, probably from the automatic transmission. If you had the manual transmission you’d have to shift down; but the shift action will be smooth and the clutch light and easy. We actually got seat time in a bare-bones L model, and it makes good efficient transportation.

Having lost 250 pounds in that redesign two years ago, the Cruze is now responsive, nimble, and fun to drive. The chassis is planted. The rack-mounted electric power steering isn’t too light at low speeds, and nicely weighted at high speed. It’s no sport sedan, but the Cruze handles better and with more confidence than some of its Japanese and Korean rivals. And a Cruze with the RS or Redline package, with a more sophisticated rear suspension having a Z-link design, brings poise to the cornering.

Still, there’s no denying that Mazda and Hyundai offer more sport than the Cruze.

The Cruze is quiet and comfortable on the highway, with excellent stability. The comfortable ride is one of the best in a compact car, even with the big 18-inch wheels; we’d go so far to say it rides like a little luxury car.

The standard rear suspension is torsion beam, but the Premier gets an improved setup for crisper cornering. The Cruze also comes with four-wheel disc brakes, using long-wearing Duralife rotors.

The 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine is a gem, for the most part. It was added last year for the sedan, and in 2018 becomes available with the hatchback; it comes with either the nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual. It fills a void left by Volkswagen who ran from the market after their diesel emissions fiasco. With only 137 horsepower it’s no cheetah, but that 240 pound-feet of torque compensates by making it a jackrabbit. The engine is nearly silent and the broad torque band endows it with easy acceleration. And the 9-speed automatic shifts with little hesitation.

Shorter overall by eight inches, the hatch fits into small parking spaces easier than does the sedan.

We’ve tested a number of different version of the Cruze, and the one we like is the most expensive: Premier Hatchback with the RS package. It handles the best, while being smooth and compliant.

Walk Around

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Hatch and sedan versions of the Cruze have the same wheelbase, but the Hatch is eight inches shorter overall, all of the loss coming behind the rear doors. The roof curves back to a spoiler over the back glass in the fifth-door hatch that’s a bit small, but opens to a roomy cargo area.

The Cruze sedan is toned and crisp, longer and wider than most compacts, with a wedge shape that leads to a short rear deck. It has the same grille as the Chevy Volt, Malibu, and Impala.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is modern without being too digital. It’s similar to the high-tech Volt, with relatively simple instrumentation in a pod, outlined in chrome, and intuitive controls. The layout is clean and sharp. In the center of the dash there’s a standard 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen. The higher models feature two-tone trim. The front seats are comfortable, with better bolstering in the leather seats than in the fabric upholstery.

For a compact car, the Cruze sedan is very spacious, its stats matching many midsize cars. It holds four adults as advertised, with more leg and hip room in the rear seat than rivals, namely the Ford Focus or Hyundai Elantra.

The trunk is a large 13.7 cubic feet.

The Hatch has 23.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat, not as much as the Honda Civic or Ford Focus hatchbacks. Even though it’s a compact, the Cruze hatch is slightly smaller than the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic hatchback. It’s all in vertical room, a penalty of the Cruze’s curvy roofing. However, with the rear seat folded, the Hatch holds a competitive 47 cubic feet of cargo.

Summary

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Chevy Cruze is a solid contender in the crowded compact class, especially the Hatch, which has a stylish shape and looks hot with the RS package. The 1.4-liter turbo could use more power. The interior holds four adults comfortably, while the Hatch with its rear seat folded offers good cargo space. Cruze LS is a good value.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The Chevy Cruze is available in L, LS, LT, and Premier models.

Cruze L sedan ($16,975) is the base model with manual transmission, cloth upholstery, and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic hubcaps, 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and don’t forget the 10 airbags and rearview camera. Cruze LS ($18,525) adds air conditioning and offers an automatic transmission.

Cruze LT sedan ($20,845) and Cruze LT Hatch ($21,240) add a six-speaker sound system with available satellite radio, steering wheel controls, 16-inch wheels, foglamps, and a space-saver spare tire rather than a tire repair kit.

Cruze Premier sedan ($23,475) and Hatch ($23,945) are loaded with leather, heated steering wheel and rear seats, upgraded rear suspension, and 17-inch wheels.

Packages upgrade infotainment and sound, as well as safety features.

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