2013 Chevrolet Cruze TD 2.0 turbo diesel from North America


It's a great commuter with some bad panel adjustment


There was a recall for some sensors (2) in the exhaust system. The dealer broke one while removing it and therefore damaged the exhaust. Well, they changed it but the part had to be ordered; a two day delay instead of an hour recall.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable on nice pavement, but it can get a little choppier on some very bad pavement. The handling isn't bad at all, it's no racing car, but a great commuter.

The cabin is very well insulated, but you can still hear the subdued clattering of the diesel engine. The engine feels strong, it has a quite good amount of torque and is quite fun when you pass another vehicle. The transmission is quirky when it downshifts too quickly; maybe a change of the transmission fluid wouldn't hurt.

I dislike the assembly gaps all around the vehicle; it looks like it was assembled by a bunch of drunks that couldn't align the panel properly; the same applied in the inside. My VW was assembled in Mexico and was very well done in comparison.

The fuel economy is on average of 6,3 l/100 km, just like the Jetta TDI. But you see quite a difference if you only do highway driving; my drive is composed of 40 percent city and 60 percent highway.

There is a decent 9 speaker Pioneer radio, navigation, WiFi, and Bluetooth with voice command. Lots of buttons on the steering wheels for calls, volume, and cruise control, all at hand and easy to use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2018

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4 turbo from North America


Could be more reliable


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

6th Sep 2017, 20:04

I have a 2013 that has the same problem with apparently no way to fix it.

7th Sep 2017, 09:44

Check your battery, and ground terminals may be loose or finger tight.

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4 turbo from North America


Surprisingly good car from Chevrolet


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.

21st Aug 2014, 09:36

Just rented a 2014 LTZ model during a one week vacation and was pleasantly surprised. Looking to trade in my Camry and get one of these. Only had the car for a week and don't think that entitles me to write a full review, but your review covers most of it anyway, thank you.

30th Oct 2014, 13:53

I am the original poster of this review.

Update: One of the coil packs failed at around 46,000 km, which resulted in reduced power. Got home OK, called the dealership. They arranged for it to be towed in the next morning and provided a rental vehicle while being repaired that day. All covered under warranty and no cost to me. I was very happy with the customer care and the prompt and quick repair. No other faults at all with the car, it's done 53,000 km now and is still in excellent condition; still very happy with it.

31st Oct 2014, 21:39

Ask how much the coil usually costs. Most cars now have an individual coil over each cylinder, and they fail at different times. I've got a 2001 BMW 316TI whose coil failed four years ago, and the second one just a few months ago. Loss of power, engine sounded like an old VW Beetle with vibration to boot. I decided to replace the other two, for peace of mind.

4th Feb 2015, 20:37

I am the original owner. At 58,000km the infotainment system failed, so the radio, rear camera and Bluetooth also stopped working. Dealership replaced one of the ECUs for the infotainment system under warranty.

Just had 60,000km service. Nothing wrong with the car, it still looks and drives like new. Starts first time without hesitation even in -25 deg Celsius. Still very pleased with my purchase.