2018 Chevrolet Cruze

#16
in Compact sedans
2018 MODEL
$16,975 - $23,520 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

On the power front, 2018 Chevrolet Cruze comes powered by a 1.4 turbocharged I-4 engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power of 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Cruze sedan with automatic transmission returns a mileage of 29/40 mpg city/highway, while the other with the six-speed manual returns 27/40 mpg. The fuel economy offered by the Cruze hatchback version is slightly lesser at 29/38 mpg, while the one with six-speed manual transmission returns 27/38 mpg.

On the other hand, the optional 1.6-liter turbodiesel I-4 engine churns out a maximum power of 137 hp along with a peak torque of 240 lb-ft. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Chevy Cruze is loaded with hefty standard technology, safety features, a well-built premium looking cabin, sporty and comfortable ride quality. Talking about the rivals, Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra offer compelling technology.

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Pros

Elegant and beautiful interior

Offers good fuel economy with the turbodiesel

Comes in both sedan and hatch body types

Quiet and comfortable ride

Cons

Manual transmission

No emergency automatic braking

Limited safety features

Satisfactory acceleration, sprints 0-60 MPH in 8.1 Sec

Stop-start system cant be deactivated

What's New?

New turbodiesel engine for both Hatch and sedan Cruze

Offered in new color: Satin Steel Gray Metallic

Improved NHTSA rating, from four to five stars


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16975

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

132 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu. in.

horsepower

153 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

177 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.4 in. ventilated front disc/10.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.7 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

57.4 in.

curb weight

3091 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

23 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

171 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/32/40 mpg

highway range

548 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 Chevrolet Cruze in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Cruze in Red Hot color  2018 Chevrolet Cruze in Silver Ice Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Cruze in Summit White color
Mosaic Black Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

7.2

Engine

7.2

Interior

7.2

Fuel Economy

7.8

Safety

6.9

Driving

8.6

Features

8.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Chevrolet Cruze L

L

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

$16,975


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
L 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $16,975 MSRP (27/32/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Arctic Blue Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Red Hot
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Summit White

 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS

LS

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

$18,525 - $19,525


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $19,525 MSRP (29/33/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $18,525 MSRP (27/32/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT

LT

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

$20,920 - $21,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $21,520 MSRP (29/33/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $20,920 MSRP (27/32/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier

Premier

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

$23,475 - $23,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier Auto 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl 6AM) Starting at $23,475 MSRP (29/33/39) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, gas
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Arctic Blue Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Red Hot
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Summit White
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,520 MSRP (29/33/40) 153 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


7.2/10
Exterior

 

7.2/10
Engine

 

7.2/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.9/10
Safety

 

8.3/10
Features

 
 
 

In the competitive passenger car segment, Chevrolet has tried to maintain the pace with the Chevy Cruze. The front-drive compact car, 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Last year itself, Chevrolet introduced the Cruze hatchback with more cargo space in comparison to the sedan version. The same year, the carmaker offered a new diesel-powered engine in order to improve the fuel economy by 50 mpg on the highway.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Exterior

7.2/10

In the crowded small-car class, some automakers have leaned too hard on oddball design in an attempt to attract customers. The Cruze is one of the vehicles in this crowd that is adult without being boring. -Caranddriver

Dimensions and weight

The Chevrolet Cruze is one of the heaviest cars in its segment, and as such it loses out on maneuverability. The length, although less than a complete full-size sedan, is on the upper limit of the segment. Another dimension that's big is the ground clearance

Model Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
curb weight(lbs) 2932 2767 2742 2935
Length(in) 183.7 179.9 182.3 178.5
Width(in) 70.5 70.9 70.8 71.8
Height(in) 57.4 56.5 55.7 57.7
Ground clearance(in) 6.4 5.3 5.9 4.7
Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3 106.3 104.3
Track width(in) F/R 60.7/61.3 61.5/61.9 60.9/61.5 61.2/60.4

The Elantra and the Civic are quite light, and quite maneuverable as well. Be it a mall parking or tight B-roads, you can always be sure footed in your driving.

Design and Styling

The Cruze's exterior is available in two colors: Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White. The new 2018 Chevy Cruze is stylish and sleek, while the Chevy Cruze sedan shares some exterior resemblance with the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Both the hatchback and sedan Cruze models offer an attractive profile with low and long proportions.

The rear looks muscular with the integrated spoiler along with detailed rear bumper. The front gets an oversized grille which looks quite similar to Camaro' s front fascia. There are minor differences in the dimension of Cruze with the competition set. 2018 Cruze is available with 18- and 19-inch wheels.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Engine

7.2/10

The 1.4-liter 4-cylinder is a gem, quiet and smooth, and while it won't wow you with its acceleration, it's hardly slow. It also plays very nicely with the 6-speed automatic transmission that is far and away the most popular choice. -Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The standard engine available with the 2018 Chevy Cruze is the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 153-hp engine is quite slower in terms of acceleration comparatively. The turbodiesel 1.6-liter engine delivers 137-hp and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Models Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
MSRP $17,850 $16,950 $18,840 $17,860
Engine 1.4L Turbo 4-cylinder 2.0L 4-cylinder 2.0L 4-cylinder 2.0L Ti-VCT GDI
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual
Power 153 hp @ 5600 rpm 147 hp @ 6200 rpm 158 hp @ 6500 rpm 160 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 177 ft-lbs. @ 2000 rpm 132 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm 138 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm 146 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

The Elantra sedan is the most affordable here, at just under 17k. consequently, it is also the lest powerful. The tiny Ford makes a great case for itself, with its peppy and frugal 2-liter engine, followed closely by the Civic.

Acceleration

The base model with the 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. The acceleration isn't thrilling and other competitors are doing better in this regard.

Models Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 7.8sec 7.6sec 8.3sec
Quarter mile 16.2 @ 86 mph 15.9 @ 88 mph 15.9 @ 90 mph 16.3 @ 85 mph
Engine 1.4L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission

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

5.5 6.1 5.5 6.3

Honda Civic manages to stay ahead of the competition here, but not by a significant margin. Hot on its heels is the Elantra, followed by the Cruze, and then the Focus. As for the emissions, subcompact cars always benefit in this area by the virtue of their architecture.

Braking and Handling

The suspension system is firm enough to provide a smooth ride over uneven terrain. The steering feels light and the brakes are powerful. The brake pedal isn't the most confidence inspiring, but then again, at this price, there aren't many complaints.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
Brake pads-front(in) NA 11.0 11.1 10.9
Brake pads Rear(in) NA 8.0 10.2 9.0
Curb weight(lbs) 2932 2767 2742 2935
60-0 MPH (ft.) 113 116 106 104

The braking distance of the 2018 Cruze is 113 feet. The overall curb weight is 2932, which is higher than most of its close rivals like Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Interior

7.2/10

"Much like its exterior, the interior of the 2018 Chevy Cruze is attractive and modern without feeling overly adorned."--Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The seats are comfortable and nicely cushioned. There is enough cabin space to accommodate five occupants. The sloping roof allows tall passengers to stoops while moving to the rear seat. The roofline with chunky side pillars reduces visibility.

There are three tether anchors in the rear seat to attach child safety seats. Lower anchors are present on the outboard seats, and connectors are quite difficult to use on the passenger side as the anchor is very near to the adjoining seat belt.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 93.5 95.8 97.8 90.7
Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.9/53.2/54.9/42.0 38.8/53.4/56.2/42.2 39.3/53.7/57/42.3 38.3/53.9/55.6/41.9
Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/51.9/53.2/36.1 37.3/51.9/55.3/35.7 37.1/47.3/55/37.4 38/52.7/53.7/33.2

The Cruze isn't as roomy as the cavernous Civic, but four adults should sit comfortably without feeling claustrophobic. The small cabin means most controls are within the driver's reach, including the large touchscreen. Drivers of varying heights will be able to find an ideal seating position.

Infotainment

All trim levels of the little Chevy feature the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, an interface that offers sharp graphics, user-friendly menus, and a responsive touchscreen. Standard features on offer are:

  • 4G LTE
  • AUX Input
  • Bluetooth Audio/Phone
  • Real-time Traffic
  • USB connectivity

The infotainment system comes integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, through which you can easily connect your smartphone and explore apps directly on the touch-screen display.

Cargo Space

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze cargo space varies according to the body style and trim level. The Cruze sedan, L, and LS trim offer a 14.8 cubic-foot trunk size, while the LT and premier trims offer 13.9 cubic feet. The Cruze hatchback offers 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space and 47.2 cubic feet with the folded rear seats.

Model Chevrolet Cruze\t Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
Trunk volume (ft.cube) 14.8 14.4 15.1 13.2

Others in the competition deliver similar fuel economy as the Cruze, with the Ford accommodating least cargo of all. The Civic does the most, but not by much. Overall, none of these cars are good for a shopping spree.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Economy

7.8/10

On the fuel economy front, the Cruze is leading the segment. It is believed to offer the highest fuel economy in its class. The most fuel-efficient engine is the new turbodiesel engine that returns 30 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. With the automatic transmission, the Cruze sedan returns 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra Honda Civic Ford Focus
Mpg (city) 29 26 28 25
Mpg (highway) 40 36 40 34
Mpg (combined) 32 29 32 28

Ford Focus is the worst performer in terms of fuel mileage. It manages to offer only 25 mpg in city and 34 mpg on the highway. The Civic amazes with its efficiency figures, even though it offers the best performance here.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Safety

6.9/10

The Chevy comes with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty cover along with a 5-year/60,000-mile engine warranty. Chevrolet Cruze offers the following safety features as standard:

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system.
  • Daytime Running Lamps.
  • Airbags, 10 total frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions, includes Passenger Sensing System.
  • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Trial Service including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more.
  • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification
  • Rear Vision Camera display integrated into Chevrolet MyLink radio.
  • Safety belts, front pretensioner.
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear center position
  • Restraint provisions, LATCH

There is another feature, the Teen Driver mode. It's a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage a safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off.

NHTSA Crash test results

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 4 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 4 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

IIHS Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Not tested
Head restraints & seats not tested
Crash Prevention and Mitigation
Front crash prevention not tested
Headlights not tested
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use not tested

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Features

8.3/10

The 2018 Chevy Cruze sedan comes in four trims with a starting MSRP of $17,850 and the hatchback is available in two trims. The base Cruze model comes powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission and FWD. Chevrolet also comes with a turbodiesel engine for both hatchback and sedan versions, priced from $24,670 to $26,270. This engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Trims L Manual LS Manual LS Automatic LT Manual LT Automatic Premier Automatic Diesel Manual Diesel Automatic
MSRP $ 17,850 $ 19,400 $ 20,400 $ 21,720 $ 22,325 $ 24,350 $ 24,670 $ 26,270
Key Features 1.4L Turbo 4-cylinder engine Includes features of L trim with following additions or replacements: Includes features of L trim with following additions or replacements: Includes features of Ls trim with following additions or replacements: Includes features of Ls trim with following additions or replacements Includes features of LT trim with following additions or replacements: Includes features of LT trim with following additions or replacements Includes features of L trim with following additions or replacements:
4-wheel antilock disc brakes Compass 6-speed automatic transmission 6-speaker audio system 6-speaker audio system. 6-speed automatic transmission 1.6L Turbo Diesel engine 1.6L Turbo Diesel engine
6-speed manual transmission Console with armrest Compass 16-inch alloy wheels 16-inch alloy wheels 8-way power driver seat.

.6-speed manual transmission

9-speed automatic transmission
7-inch diagonal center stack touch-screen display Carpeted floor mats Console with armrest 60/40 split-folding rear seat 60/40 split-folding rear seat

17-inch alloy wheels.

Heated front seats Remote Vehicle Starter System
    Carpeted floor mats Compact spare tire Compact spare tire Ambient lighting 8-way power driver seat Heated front seats

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The base trim is offered with impressive standard technology including a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and a rearview camera. As such it is a great choice for people looking for a good bang for their buck.

For people looking for better creature comforts, Cruze LT offers some convenient controls on the steering wheel and a split-folding rear seat. Chevrolet has also offered different packages with the LT, like heated front seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver' s seat, and a proximity key.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Competition

Hyundai Elantra Vs Chevrolet Cruze

There are lots of similar points between Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra. However, 2108 Cruze has a slight advantage over the Elantra. The Cruze offers more standard features and on the other hand, such amenities like Apple CarPlay and touch-screen display will cost you extra on the Elantra. So, Cruze is a better option here.

Honda Civic Vs Chevrolet Cruze

Honda Civic is one of the renowned compact cars available in the market. It' s hard to find in with this car. Its fuel efficiency is comparable to Cruze but handling is more nimble. However, Civic offers a more spacious cabin for five and excellent safety features. Here, Honda Civic is a better choice.

Ford Focus Vs Chevrolet Cruze

There are other high-performance Ford Focus models (the ST and RS hatchbacks models) with which Chevy Cruze can' t even compete. Tough, the Cruze offers roomy cabin and better standard technology. The acceleration offered by Ford Focus is on similar lines with the Chev Cruze. Still, many peeps opt for Cruze.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Final Verdict

If you are keen to expand your car buying budget and looking for a complete standard packaged car, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze will be a right pick. It is available at a low starting price, enriching standard features, and amazing fuel economy. The Chevrolet MyLink interface is so user-friendly and responsive that it won't disappoint you. Beyond the infotainment, you will experience a spacious cabin, a sizable trunk area, along with decent performance centric powertrain that makes the ride comfortable.