2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 1.4L turbo

Summary:

Fun, quite quick, and great on fuel

Faults:

Got a chip in the paint.

General Comments:

This thing is great. It's not a super car, but it's fun.

It get amazing MPG; the best was 67.2, worst was 29.6. I run 93 to 94 grade fuel.

It handles nice and rides with a sporty feel. I've had lots of car, and this is my favorite. Plus it looks sexy and has lots of toys.

I can keep going, but I have a life

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2013

15th Mar 2014, 00:34

The last comment was a bit unnecessary. This place is for people to share their reviews and experiences with their cars and possibly help other consumers out. Just because one takes the time to write a detailed and thorough review does not mean they "don't have a life", which is what I think you were implying. Get back to us when you've had your car longer and racked up more miles, if your life doesn't interfere too much.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4 turbo

Summary:

Classy and sporty compact

Faults:

No reliability issues.

General Comments:

This review is about a 5 day rental on a 2012 Cruze.

I'd recently rented a 2013 Toyota Corolla, and the Cruze outclassed it 10 to 1. In drivability, interior quality, fuel economy, ride, and looks.

The Cruze had 42,000 miles on it when I turned it in, and there was not a squeak or rattle anywhere that I could hear. I loved the 1.4 liter turbo engine, which had lots of torque when it revved, and scored 38 MPG on the highway averaging 70+ miles per hour. The interior was classy, sporty and well laid out. The standard radio had a nice sound, and the dash readout had lots of information like MPG, average speed, etc.

One of the most impressive aspects of the Cruze was the quiet and smooth ride. Amazing for a compact car. I drive a mid-size daily, and would not feel penalized switching to this Cruze based on ride and quietness. It felt solid and composed on the highway.

Corollas have stellar reliability, so if this Chevy holds up, then GM has really scored with this little car. Consumer Reports shows that since its launch, it's improving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2013

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4 turbo

Summary:

Good Chevy (Opel) product in the U.S.

Faults:

Nothing went wrong during the 500 mile rental duration.

General Comments:

Miles ahead of previous GM small cars (Cavalier, Cobalt).

Although the engine is turbo charged, don't expect NHRA top-fuel 1/4 mile times, as the 1.4L engine has such a small bore & stroke, torque is not substantial. However, due to the turbo, what power the engine does make is available from very low RPM to about 5000 RPM, making the car very good for average use.

Entry and exit at the driver's seat is a bit cramped. At just 5'8" tall, the seating position put my head right next to the door jamb (B-pillar), causing a substantial blind spot and producing a bit of claustrophobia... and serious concerns the side air bag would keep my head from cracking against the door jamb in the unlikely event of a side impact.

Got 35-37 MPG during 500 miles of mostly 70-80 mph highway driving. The ride was adequately smooth and fairly quiet for a small car.

Expensive wheel/tire set-up on the LTZ and low profile tires increase the chances of rim damage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th March, 2013

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Summary:

Econo car that doesn't look or act like one

Faults:

Nothing, as this was a rental car over a 4 day trip.

General Comments:

I was pleasantly surprised with my experience with renting a Chevy Cruze over a 4 day trip.

I've rented a lot of cars over the years - even a few sports cars - and this was the most enjoyable of them all.

To summarize, you get a lot of bang for the buck. What's really surprising is that I've driven GM econo-cars in the past, and they were truly awful, creaky cars. Not so with this one. The fit, finish and overall quality was really high. The doors closed solidly and quietly. No rattles. The interior was really well laid-out as well. The interior was also amazingly quiet. Perhaps one of the quietest cars I've driven.

I think what I liked best was the way it handled. Now - granted I currently own two old, dilapidated cars, but to me at least the Cruz was a really peppy, energetic, and well handling car. The engine makes a nice satisfying growl when you punch the gas. The transmission feels really tight and precise. The suspension was very responsive. The car was also so quiet that I would accidentally be going 75MPH and not actually realize it.

Lastly, it got great fuel economy. I was getting close to 40MPG, even though I wasn't driving it exactly very conservatively.

Bottom line, this is a good car for the money, and a good car in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2013