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2020 Chevrolet Cruze Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 13, 2019


The Best Selling car from the Chevrolet Stable, the Cruze has arrived in a refreshed avatar for 2020. The 2020 Cruze Sedan starts at $18,870 and is dearer than the 2018 model by nearly $1,000. Available in 4 trims namely L, LS, LT and the Premier trim, you get a Gasoline powered 1.4L Turbocharged Inline 4 Cylinder Motor that delivers 153hp and 177lbs-ft of Torque. The biggest change for the 2020 Models include a 7” Touchscreen system as Standard and a long list of Safety Equipment.

The Cruze sedan starts at just $18,870 for the base L Trim and goes over $24,000 for the Top of the Line Fully Loaded Premier Trim. The LS and LT trims are the Trims in between the base L and top end Premier Trim. The Manual transmission has been given a miss for 2020 which may be a bummer for some driving purists.

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Pros

Sporty Handling

Intuitive Touchscreen Infotainment System

Exhaustive list of Standard Features

Impressive Fuel Economy

Copious amount of Space in the Interior

Cons

No manual transmission even as an option

Dormant Acceleration from the Engine

Build Quality could have been improved

What's New?

No Manual Transmission

7" Infotainment System standard on all trims

New Front Bumper and Grill

Redesigned Tail Lights


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

153 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

177 lbs.-ft @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.1/61.1

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.7 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

57.4 in.

curb weight

2870 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

39.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

42.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/38 mpg

highway range

520.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Pacific Blue Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Pepperdust Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Red Hot color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Satin Steel Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Cruze in Silver Ice Metallic color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

5.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Cruze L

L

power
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$17,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $17,995 MSRP (28/32/38) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Silver Ice Metallic
  Summit White

 2020 Chevrolet Cruze LS

LS

power
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$19,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $19,120 MSRP (28/32/38) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Silver Ice Metallic
  Red Hot
  Summit White
  Mosaic Black Metallic

 2020 Chevrolet Cruze LT

LT

power
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$21,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $21,720 MSRP (28/32/38) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Red Hot
  Summit White

 2020 Chevrolet Cruze Premier

Premier

power
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$23,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,520 MSRP (28/32/38) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Cajun Red Tintcoat
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Red Hot
  Summit White

Expert Review

5.7

Overall Rating


The Cruze is the most selling model from Chevrolet and with the rising competition from Japanese Brands, GM decided to soup up its most “sought after” model for 2020 in a bet to lure new buyers. Doing duty in the Cruze gasoline is a familiar 1.4L turbocharged inline 4 motor that generates 153hp and 177lbs-ft of torque while delivering an astounding 33MPG combined gas average.


6.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 
 
 
 

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Features

6.0/10

For 2020, Chevrolet has bumped up the features in the Cruze. There are a total of 4 Trims to choose from the 2020 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan. The base L Trim has some great features like 7” touchscreen system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, 10 Airbags and more as standard while the top end premier model has nifty features like powered driver seat, LED tail lamps and more.

Trim

L

LS

LT

Premier

MSRP

$18,870

$19,995

$22,595

$24,395

Features

Engine Immobilizer and Theft Deterrent System

Adds these to the features of the previous trims

Adds these to the features of the previous trims

Adds these to the features of the previous trims

 

Daytime Running Lamps

Front Carpeted Floor Mats

LED Daytime Running Lamps

Driver and Front Passenger illuminated mirror

 

15” Steel Wheels with Bolt On Covers

5yrs/60,000 Miles of 24hr Roadside Assistance

16” Aluminum Wheels with Spare Wheel

Heated Leather upholstered Driver and Passenger Seats

 

Remote Keyless Entry

2 Way Front Passenger Manual Adjust Seats

6 Speaker Audio System

4 Way Manual Adjust Front Passenger Seat

 

Rear Window Defogger

6 way manual adjust driver seat

Sirius XM Radio

8 way powered driver adjust seat

 

Traction Control with ESC

Cruise Control

Heated Steering

 
 

Twin Reflector Halogen Headlamps and Interior Overhead Courtesy Lamp

Halogen Projector Beam Headlamps with LED Signature

LED Accent Tail Lamps

 
 

Outside Powered Mirrors and Rear Vision Camera

60/40 Split Folding Rear Bench Seat

   
 

10 Airbags and Tire Pressure Monitor System

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

   
 

4 Speaker Audio System

Remote Start

   
 

4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and Bluetooth

Dual Reading Lamps

   
 

Chevrolet 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System

Single Zone Auto AC

   
 

Front Center Console Armrest

     

Trims to Choose

Considering the bump in features for 2020, most people who are on a budget will be happy with the base L variant while the LT will be the pick for users looking for some exclusivity.

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Engine and Performance

5.0/10
The Cruze is slow to accelerate, but it’s plenty capable at highway speed. The Cruze's engine stop-start function is smoother than those found in competitors, but you can't disable it, which you might find annoying in stop-and-go traffic –Cars.USnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2020 Cruze is the only one in this comparison, to be offered only in a turbocharged avatar. This engine has been tuned by GM for efficiency rather than performance. However, in no way is the performance dull as the 1.4L inline 4 motor in the Cruze delivers 153HP and an impressive 177lbs-ft of torque.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

MSRP

$20,400

$18,100

$18,700

$20,250

$20,240

$20,240

Engine

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.0 L inline-four

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed Auto

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

153hp@5600rpm

147hp @ 6200 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

147hp@5000rpm

Torque

177lbs-ft@2000-4000

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

128 lb-ft@4400

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

184lbs-ft@1400rpm

The acceleration from a dead halt, isn’t electric as one would expect from turbocharged engines but get the Cruze to rev above 2000rpm and see the turbochargers spool up, giving a better performance.

Transmission duties in the 2020 Cruze are handled by a 6 speed automatic unit. This unit does not shift to the top gear as soon as you step on the gas from a stop and does hold up gears, when you are doing hill climbs. The gears are well-calibrated and when on the highway, the transmission ensures that the car reaches highway speeds without much effort. This engine allows the Cruze to be a very capable highway cruiser.

Acceleration

The turbo bred motor in the Cruze delivers average acceleration from a dead stop. The turbo lag adds to the lethargy of the engine and in theory, the Cruze has a lot going against it.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta

0-60 MPH(sec)

7.7

8.3

9.4

8.2

8.0

7.7

Quarter mile(sec)

16.3

16.4

17.2

16.3

16.2

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.6

10.2

9.8

8.4

11.2

5.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2870

2767

2840

2742

2899

2959

In reality though, the turbocharger supports the cause of the Cruze in 0-60 runs as the extra boost from the same helps the Cruze, get to the 60 mph the fastest among its naturally aspirated rivals. The turbo boost however isn’t good enough to make it the fastest in quarter mile runs and is beaten eventually, by the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Ride and Handling

The ride inside the 2020 Cruze will be comfortable in most conditions for most people. The Cruze tends to absorb speed bumps and undulations well while not being too soft on the ride front. Some might find the suspension to be a little too stiff for daily usage, it definitely aids during the driver during corners and turns. 

The Cruze, however, shines on the highway and on twisty roads. The suspension is well-tuned to take corners well and provides very little body roll, aiding driver confidence. Not a lot is expected in terms of ride and handling from a budget family sedan but the 2020 Cruze manages to surprise everyone. The light sporty steering responds to the smallest of inputs on the highway and provides good feedback when tackling sharp bends or high speeds.

Braking

The brakes on the Cruze are pretty potent, to say the least. They offer a good feel and responds well to the pressure applied by the driver. They are in no way feather touch in feedback but they do reduce speed drastically when sufficient pressure is applied. 

The Standard 4 Wheel ABS and Traction Control with Electronic Stability Program and Electronic Brake Force Distribution ensures the brakes don’t lock up during panic braking situations and provide stability to the sedan.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

10.8

10.3

10.8

10.2

11.5

10.7

Brake Rear (in.)

10.4

9.7

9.1

9.8

10.8

9.5

70-0 MPH (ft.)

110(60-0MPH)

182

183

180

191

179

The Volkswagen Jetta has the biggest brakes out of this bunch. Jetta's 11.5 inch front brake rotors are slightly bigger than the rest. The Cruze sedan is a close second with 10.8 inch front discs and 10.4 inch rear discs. Having said that, the Jetta still manages to embarrass itself with the longest braking distance out of the bunch. This cannot be blamed on the weight as other vehicles in this group perform better even with higher curb weight.  

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Chevrolet ditched the naturally aspirated engine in the Cruze and moved to a turbocharged version in favor of achieving good fuel economy. This has yielded good returns to the Cruze as it delivers one of the best fuel economy figures in the segment. The 13.7 Gallon Fuel Tank in the Cruze combined with a 33 MPG combined figure gives the Cruze, an amazing 452.1 mile range which means lower gas expenses and fewer trips to the gas station.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

MPG (city)

30

28

28

32

30

27

MPG (highway)

39

37

35

42

39

36

MPG (combined)

33

32

31

36

34

30

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.7

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

13.2

The Honda Civic performs the best in the group in terms of fuel economy (VTEC power yo!). The VW Jetta is a close second followed by the rest of the bunch. But the Honda also has the smallest fuel tank which is a little disappointing. 

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Interior

The Cruze has an attractive, handsome cabin. Soft-touch materials abound, and even the hard plastics are smooth and well-built so they don’t feel jarring. The standard touch-screen display further contributes to the Cruze’s modern feel –Cars.USNEWS.com

Layout, Seating and Comfort

Step into the interiors of the Cruze and you will be welcomed by a black and brown theme in front of you on the dashboard. The dashboard has a lot of buttons for various controls like audio, AC etc. The center of the dashboard houses a big 7” touchscreen infotainment system and a few buttons to control the same.

The Cruze is a compact sedan by dimensions and the class it sits in. However, most people will find the interiors anything but compact. There is a generous amount of headroom for passengers in the front and rear while the legroom will be adequate for most passengers. Ingress and egress isn’t much of an issue as well courtesy of the high roof and the wide door openings.

5 passengers can be made to sit in the Cruze but making 3 adults sit at the back won’t be a good proposition for long drives. The rear seats are narrower as compared to segment leaders like the Honda Civic and the raised center tunnel furthermore reduces the practicality of the middle seat in the rear.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

VW Jetta Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/54.8/42

38.8/56.2/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.5/55.9/41.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/53.7/36.1

37.3/55.0/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.2/54/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

The amount of interior space in these vehicles is quite similar. Having said that, the Elantra sedan offers the most space to its passengers both in the front and the rear. Although these vehicles are 5 seater, carrying 3 people in the back might be a little difficult for longer journeys. 

Cargo Capacity

The Cargo Capacity in the 2020 Chevrolet Cruze ranks among the best in class. The loading floor is flat and coupled with the big cargo area helps the Cruze to gulp in plenty of luggage and cargo. There are numerous cubby holes and small storage spaces in the cabin of the Cruze as well.

Models

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

VW Jetta

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

14.8

14.4

15.2

12.4

14.1

13.0

The trunk lid is big and opens to reveal a big cargo space. The spare tire in the LT and the Premier trim eats up some of the big cargo space but the 60/40 split rear seats pave way for some more useful storage space.

Infotainment System

The Infotainment System inside the 2020 Cruze has to be one of its biggest highlights. The 7” Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System is a rendition of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system and is standard on all trims. It’s intuitive, easy to learn, operate, understand and has all the functionalities one would ever need from a Car infotainment System. The Cruze is also equipped with a digital driver’s display which might not show as much information as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit but manages to display some vital information about the car. 

Features

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot connectivity
  • Chevrolet On Star services
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • 2 USB Ports, 1 Auxiliary Input Port and Bluetooth Telephony
  • Sirius XM Radio Trial
  • Navigation System
  • Bose Audio System available as an Optional Extra

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Exterior

The Cruze was hardly looking old, but slight updates for 2020 help keep it fresh. Most notable is the new front fascia, which features a larger, more pronounced grille. In back, the Cruze is snazzier with a new, dual-element taillight design, with LED versions available on the Premier trim –KBB.com

Design

The Chevrolet Cruze, starting from its Inception has been one of the most handsome looking sedans in the market. With the 2020 edition, Chevrolet has infused some small changes in the Cruze to keep it fresh against the competition.

The front fascia is all new for 2020 with a more pronounced and big grille housing the Famous “Bowtie”. There are LED inserts in the headlamps and the tail lamps have been given the LED treatment as well in the LT and the premier trims.

There are sharp lines running across the side of the Cruze which start from the hood and end near the Rear Fenders adding visual appeal to the Car. New 18” Alloys also accentuate the overall visual character of the Cruze while adding to the high speed stability of the Compact sedan.

Dimensions and Weight

The Cruze pitches itself in the compact sedan arena with its compact proportions and size. It is the longest in its class and also the tallest which gives it the extra room in the interiors. Talking about weight, the Chevy weighs in at 2870 pounds, which isn’t a lot considering the competition has similar weights. The Cruze also has one of the best ground clearances in the segment which means the underbody of the Sedan will stay protected from big speed humps or other barriers that the Cruze may have to cross.

Model

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

VW Jetta

Mazda 3 Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2870

2844

2840

2724

2767

2899

Length(in)

183.7

181.9

183.1

182.3

185.1

180.3

Width(in)

70.5

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

57.4

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.4

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

5.3

6.7

6.3

5.6

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

105.7

106.3

All of these vehicles are focused on ease and practicality. Even the dimensions and weight make them very practical. All of these vehicles offer enough ground clearance to cross most of the speed bumps and potholes. The Corolla has the highest clearance in this bunch at 6.7 inches. All six of these vehicles can go on any driveway with ease.  All in all, all these vehicles are very practical in terms of weight and dimensions. 

Exterior Features

The Chevy Cruze is a handsome looking compact sedan with some striking exterior features. The big bowtie grill in the front helps the Cruze distinguish itself from other sedans in the segment and adds to the visual appeal of the sedan. The 2020 Edition comes with features like

  • New Bigger Front Grille
  • Dual Element LED Tail Lamps
  • Redesigned Head Lamps with LED treatment on the Top Trims
  • New Design 18” Alloy Wheels

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Safety

Safety has been a top priority for Chevrolet considering the rise in number of fatalities in the US due to road accidents. The 2020 Cruze comes packed in with plenty of safety tech and features that offers complete peace of mind and guarantee to the occupants inside the car.

Some of the Safety Features include

  • 10 Airbags including Side Curtain, Knee and Front
  • 4 Wheel ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Teen Driver Assist Feature
  • Theft Deterrent Unauthorized Entry System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Display
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Competition

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan vs. Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Chevrolet Cruze has been GM’s most selling model ever and the Corolla has been one of the world’s most selling cars ever. The Toyota, despite its lower power and torque figure, sells because of its stupendous dependability, practicality and efficiency. However, the current crop of buyers isn’t just satisfied with practicality or frugality. They want all of these but with added performance. The Cruze here presents itself as being able to provide the best of both worlds without compromising on the reliability aspect and adding the performance aspect.

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan vs. Honda Civic Sedan

The Honda Civic has been a runaway success in the US with its superb performance and ton loads of space inside the Cabin. The Honda also has a great resale value and the value of the Civic depreciates way slowly than any other compact sedan. The Civic also has better power output than the Cruze. However, the Cruze offers better mileage and overall a better range than the sedan while the turbocharged engine allows the Cruze to produce a massive amount of torque. This makes the Cruze, a better mile muncher and a better tourer than the Civic.

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan vs. Mazda Mazda3 Sedan

The Mazda 3 has been always known for its good looking interiors and great driving dynamics. The Engine inside the Mazda is one of the refined in its class and has a lively driving character. Mazda, however, is yet to refresh the Mazda 3 sedan for 2020 and the Mazda 3 is starting to show its age. The new age Cruze comes closest to the Mazda in terms of power and betters it with its torque figure. The Cruze also has a better feature list and a great mileage figure makes the Cruze, a better tourer.   

2020 Chevrolet Cruze Final Verdict

Chevrolet has done its best to keep the Cruze updated in 2020 against the rapidly evolving competition. The updated instrument console gives a fresh lease of life to the interiors. Standard features like the 7” touchscreen infotainment system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and 10 Airbags create segment benchmarks in terms of equipment offered. On the whole, the 2020 Cruze offers great performance, mileage and a great set of features built-in as standard. With a 5year/60,000 mile warranty, the Cruze also offers great satisfaction to the user.

So, if you are in the market looking for a mile muncher with great handling characteristics and highway manners without being heavy on the pocket, the Chevrolet Cruze seems to fit the bill well.

FAQs about the Chevrolet Cruze

Let's go through some of the most frequently asked questions about the 2020 Chevy Cruze. 

Is the Cruze equipped with LTE Hotspot?

Yes, LTE hotspot connectivity is available as an option in the 2020 Chevy Cruze. 

Is the Chevrolet Cruze Sedan turbocharged?

Yes, the 2020 Chevy Cruze is powered by a 1.4 L turbo charged engine. Even the diesel engine is assisted by a turbo charger.

How quick is the Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2020 Cruze sedan crosses the 60MPH mark in 7.7 seconds. The quarter mile takes 16.3 seconds.