2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4 turbo

Summary:

Could be more reliable

Faults:

I spent a lot of money to fix something that mechanics at dealership could not explain clearly, except telling me there was an electrical problem. The car shut down on me twice, completely killing the power so even the key would not come out of ignition. No signal or any sign of life to check for what might have been the problem.

General Comments:

Very good gas mileage and a very comfy car on the road, city or highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2015

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1.4 turbo

Summary:

Fuel efficient peppy car

Faults:

Hesitation on acceleration 2x.

General Comments:

I have been very impressed with the car so far. The 1.4 liter engine is very peppy and gets impressive gas mileage. I have been getting around 30 MPG in town and 40 MPG on the freeway.

The car is very quiet, even on the freeway, and the basic sound system is very good.

The front windows will go all the way up or down with one push of the window lever, which I like.

It came with Firestone tires, which appear to be very good quality.

Shifting is smooth with the short shifter, although I don't know if it really needs a 6 speed, as I skip gears at times when accelerating.

Handling is tight and the car responds well through corners.

The brakes are adequate, although I was disappointed to have rear drums instead of discs.

I really like having automatic headlights, as I don't have to worry about turning them on or off.

The negatives I have with the Cruze are the common complaint of no trunk button in the car. One has to use the key fob or push the button under the trunk lid.

The back seats are very uncomfortable according to people who have sat back there, so don't plan on driving a long distance without rear passenger complaints.

It has lost power twice when I was accelerating, which is somewhat disconcerting. Once on a hill and another time on a level street. It may have been bad gas, but just a guess on my part. I usually use premium.

The car also has high pitched buzzing noise from the front of engine at random times after I turn off the car. I tried asking 3 different Chev dealerships what might be causing it, and they always tell me to bring the car in to them, even though it probably won't do it when I take it to the repair department. Other people with Cruzes have talked about this online with no answer.

So the main question now is how well will the car hold up over time? We will see.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2015

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ RS 1.4 turbo

Summary:

The Cruze is a fantastic little car

Faults:

The paint job on this car leaves something to be desired. I take good care of my cars, but no matter what, I seem to find a small new ding in the paint every couple weeks.

No other problems to report so far!

General Comments:

Great gas mileage! I get about 28/30 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway.

Haven't owned it that long, but so far this car is exactly how it should be. The interior is very well equipped and surprisingly quiet. Even with the RS package, this car rides smooth and is very comfortable.

The engine has plenty of power, but sometimes when driving along, if you have to step on it, it can take a little bit longer than it should to accelerate. The turbo works great and can throw you back in your seat!

Overall, I'm very happy with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2014

5th May 2015, 16:36

A family member had the 2012 turbo version. The turbo just went out at 61,000km, and the GM dealer want $1980 + tax to replace (the part was $500 + labour $1500).

There's no recall on the 2012 version of the turbo. The 2013 and 2014 have a recall.