Chevrolet Cruze Reviews from North America

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4 turbo

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 kilometres
Most recent distance31000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Surprisingly good car from Chevrolet

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the car since I have owned it.

General Comments:

Very pleased indeed with my purchase. We initially had one as a rental car, and I was surprised by how well it handled and how good the build quality was.

Our Cruze LT handles great for a car of its size; it has reasonably firm (for North American standards) suspension, it's very chuckable around corners, and I dare say it has a slightly sporty feel. Composed and refined over bumps (there's plenty of these in Nova Scotia), after test driving many other cars (Mazda 323/626, new Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima and many more) this was the best for the ride.

Small engine, but you wouldn't know it - I thought it was a 2 litre in the rental car (our car is the 1.4L turbo). Only a little turbo lag, but for regular driving you wouldn't know it. Put your foot down and it goes at a reasonable pace.

Build quality is very good. Interior materials are not very high quality, but very acceptable for a vehicle of its price range. Exterior is good, our car is an ex-rental car and there are barely any scratches or chips on the outside. Feels like there has been a bit more of an effort protecting the areas where the sheet metal folds over from rust; the edges are all sealed with some kind of flexible strip and painted over.

The body feels very rigid, no creaks or sounds within the cabin. It feels like you are driving a much more expensive car, it's fairly quiet. Steering is on the light side, but it's effortless to drive, particularly around town. The body rigidity probably helps with making the ride so good.

Interior is thoughtfully laid out; go for the reversing camera option as the infotainment screen is way better than the basic one, and the reversing camera is actually quite handy.

Only downsides for me are the closeness of the dash and centre console to your knees, the small legroom in the rear (just about OK for big kids), and the tightness of the front seats. I'm slim-ish, but find that the seat bolsters squish my butt on a long drive. Chevrolet should have made the interior slightly longer and the engine bay slightly smaller - there's quite some room around the engine.

Not quite as good on fuel as I was hoping (average 7.5 litres/100km) but I guess not bad either for 50/50 city/highway driving.

If you are considering a new car, the Cruze may surprise you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2014

14th Mar 2014, 22:14

I would like to commend you for your very well written and descriptive review. Your summary makes a good point in that many people won't think a Chevrolet can be high quality, until as in your case, they spend some time with one.

6th Apr 2014, 09:36

Many thanks for your comments. I was unsure whether to write an article, but as the Cruze had exceeded my expectations, I felt I should pass this on to others. I forgot to mention that I also test drove the Cruze diesel; if you can afford the extra, this is the one to get, way faster than the 1.4. Very quiet and no diesel smell, it's a very impressive engine indeed. We couldn't quite stretch to a new car, and don't do the miles to justify the extra cost.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 turbo

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carLexus GS

Summary:

Not worth the hassle

Faults:

The car has had issues with not downshifting. The dealer was able to remedy at 12,000 miles.

We have taken the Cruze back to the dealer four times in the past four months, for issues involving the stock in-dash navigation.

The car was taken in on a separate occasion for the transmission issue. Either being completely unresponsive, and at one point even smoking and becoming hot to the touch.

So far the dealer has not been able to remedy this issue; the most recent time I asked the dealer to provide me with receipts for the last few times I had taken the car in. On the service writer's computer screen, I saw 20-30 service records for my car.

General Comments:

The car is attractive and has nice ride/acceleration for a small car.

Sadly I have been very disappointed with the radio/navigation not working.

I do not expect to have this many issues with a new car, especially from a new Chevrolet.

The car does not compare to the 2003 Lexus that it replaced.

So far the car has been a great disappointment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2014

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews