2014 Chevrolet Cruze LT


STAY AWAY -- Vehicle is a Nightmare --


The first two winters I had the car, there was a strong smell of engine coolant inside of the vehicle. It was so bad that it burned our eyes and we would have sore throats. When I first brought it to the dealership they told me "Well you bought a Chevy, what did you expect?". They also tried telling me that it was normal to smell that in newer vehicles. After bringing my Cruze to the dealership 8 times with the same complaint, they finally repaired the car (although I told them that I refused to pick up my vehicle until it was fixed since I had a 6 month old baby).

The Cruze is also extremely underpowered, it is the worst car I have ever owned. I would rather drive my 1993 Toyota Tercel or my 1996 Toyota Camry than drive this piece of junk. The paint started chipping away after a year and the plastic started fading on the outside of the vehicle.

Another important thing is that during winter all the windows would freeze on the inside of the car, no matter what I did. The dealership said they couldn't fix this problem. Also, the defogger or heater for the front windshield was so small that it would take 1 hour to defreeze the windshield. I have had many old vehicles and some newer ones; I have NEVER had such a horrible vehicle.

This all happened before my car reached 10k, it now has 23k and the transmission died. They are now replacing this under warranty. It is the second time I have transmission problems with this car.

General Comments:

My advice, STAY AWAY. Yes it is a good price and they may give you an amazing deal and include this and that. But trust me, you do not want to end up with this vehicle. While getting towed away because of the transmission issues, the tow truck driver told me that they tow these vehicles all the time (the latest being a 2016 Chevy Cruze). On the way to the dealership I heard on the tow truck's radio that a 2015 Cruze was blocking a main road downtown.

I had it, I am now selling this car (losing 10 thousand dollars). We just bought a 2016 Honda CRV and I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the vehicle is. Not even comparable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2016

19th Oct 2016, 16:01

I had a Aveo loaner once, and the windows froze on the outside of the car, but the defroster was not strong enough to defrost the ice. I had to let the car sit in the driveway for hours before I could drive it.

The problem that you had with yours was what's called a bad heater core, and you need a new mechanic. It's a few hundred dollar fix and any competent mechanic could tell you what it is. Don't ever service at that dealership again, even if your car is broken down out front!

I've owned recent GM cars too and I would not buy another, even as potentially promising as the Cadillac CT6 looks. Having bimonthly repair bills that exceed my mortgage just doesn't make sense.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT1 1.4 liter turbo


Not "the" car I wanted, but still think I got a pretty good deal considering...



General Comments:

Quickly looked at purchasing a new car when my 2001 Grand Am GT finally gave it up with a failing camshaft. Just one more expensive repair that considering the KBB value finally pushed me to purchase a new vehicle.

I had intentions of looking at a 2015 Chevy Cruze RS that was used with 7200+ miles and also a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with 27000+ miles. While I liked the Elantra, the vehicle was only being sold with the remaining warranty, rode a bit too low for me, and I like a car that looks like a car (the Elantra looks nice, but at times looks like an elf with those head lamps and tail lamps). The gentleman I saw at the Chevy dealership steered me to a new Cruze LT1 model, I never did see the RS model I wanted to look at and have mixed feelings about it.

The Cruze LT1 I felt was a more comfortable ride, and that's something I was interested in coming off a Grand Am GT with a stiff sports suspension. Obviously I don't go looking for bumps and pot holes, but the Cruze LT1 soaks up the bumps, providing for a comfortable ride.

I wish the rear seats had more legroom. It's not something that's a deal breaker for me, as I'm single and don't cart around a car load of people, but anyone sitting in the back seat is either going to be cramped or we'll be moving the front seats up. Considering how big the trunk is, near cavernous, you'd think they'd make the trunk a bit smaller for the benefit of the back seat leg room.

The inside of the car is too plastic for my taste. The dash is hard plastic, which looks good with the graining and coloring, so you tend to forget that it's plastic unless you go knocking on it. Should be good in hot TX weather that caused the vinyl on my Grand Am to come loose from the adhesive and curl. Would've been nice however to see a thin amount of vinyl on the dash as an option. The side door panels are hard plastic, so you have to find the sweet spot if you drive with an elbow on the door. If not the dash, then the side door panels should've definitely been a soft touch area.

The center console is a little too cramped for my taste and the gear shift comes too close to it. Had the car been longer, they could've put more space between the two. Would've been an excellent opportunity to go with a rotary shift knob like I've seen in some Chrysler/Dodge products... Don't feel one way or the other about the multitude of buttons, but for the HVAC system I would've gone with the traditional three knob set up, and for the stereo would've gone with a shift button or buried additional settings into the on screen display, as seemingly every option on the stereo has a button to either set something or get something started for setting.

My Grand Am GT had a 175hp V6, it would put you in your seat even with the A/C on if you accelerated hard. I wasn't sure how much spunk a 138hp engine would have, but opted for the turbo and this engine will haul itself and the Cruze LT1 down the highway at speed with everyone else no problem. I work overnight so I can drive the highways a little fast (know where the cops hang out) and I've darn near hit 85mph with the Cruze LT1 running smooth and compliant. I wasn't necessarily looking for the fastest engine, as there's always someone with a faster engine than you, and you're buying a commuter car not a racer. But I wanted some heft for getting on the highway, getting out the odd jam and not being that car with a line of other vehicles stacked up behind you because you're slow.

Don't feel like you have to opt for the infotainment system. It doesn't do anything that the monochrome display won't do. It also more or less mirrors the buttons you push and the knobs you turn, which themselves are often lit. The infotainment system display will mirror what fan speed you turn to for example, like I know what I turned the knob to cause it's got a lit pointer on it and I just turned the darn knob. The temp control will mirror to the degree, like I've ever thought I want it at 76, not 74, not 75 and not 77. The stereo has to pop up and show what station button you just pressed; I know what the station is because I programed the button darn it! Seems like a waste of resources and money; my dealer said it was a $1500.00 option that in hindsight I don't really see the point to and am glad I didn't get.

Would've liked to have gotten a spoiler; plan on getting an aftermarket spoiler and have the dealership install it at some point. My Cruze LT1 doesn't have fog lamps, and from a video on YouTube, it's fairly involved to install them after the fact, so I probably just won't do it. However I do have LED daytime running lights that are just above the customary fog lamp placements, so they give the impression of fog lamps as they're always on.

About the only things I don't like... No cargo net hooks. Stole my net from my Grand Am GT before donating it to charity, only to find out that the Cruze LT1 didn't have any hooks. Will have to get them off Ebay or the dealership. Wasn't sold on Siren Red, would've liked a black or silver with black and chrome trim, however Siren Red is growing on me. At low revs, like when you're slowly crawling across a parking lot, it seems to slightly resonate either through the turbo or a plastic panel. I'm not sure, but it's just something you have a tendency to notice on occasion.

I would've liked to have waited until the Cruze was redesigned for the 2016/2017 model year, but my Grand Am GT gave it up sooner than I would've liked. My Cruze LT1 has everything except the aforementioned infotainment system, leather and seat warmers, and as a show car for events, the dealership was trying to off load it so I got it for less than $18K before TTL. I drove into the dealership a few weeks later to get my plates and spied a fully loaded Cruze LTZ with everything including those three options and it was upwards of $27K. So while not the exact car I wanted, I still think I got a pretty good deal...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2015

30th Nov 2015, 23:05

Hey! Stop worrying about the options that you don't have and start enjoying the things that you have.

You got a new car with good engine, good safety kit and decent fuel economy!

I recently bought a 2nd hand GM product (Opel Astra H Estate) with only 90 HP and I am extremely happy for upgrading from my previous 75 HP car.

I would have been in ecstasy if I would afford a turbocharged engine like your car has...