The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan built by General Motors. This 5-passenger front-wheel-drive vehicle replaced the Chevrolet Cobalt for the 2011 model year. Cruze is one of the most popular cars sold in America — indeed, in the world.
Cruze’s history dates to 2008, when the first model rolled off a Korean assembly line. That vehicle was called the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere. Daewoo is now Chevrolet and the Cruze name has since been assumed in Korea and around the world.
Chevrolet also sells its compact sedan as the Holden Cruze. This vehicle shares components with the Opel Astra and was designed by an international team of designers. Chevrolet uses a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to build this car.
Cruze is sold as a sedan in the U.S. and is available in hatchback and wagon configurations in some markets. In North America, Cruze is available with 1.4- and 1.8-liter four cylinder engines. Engines are paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Cruze is sold in LT, LS, LTZ and Eco editions. Beginning later in 2013, a diesel Cruze will also be made available.
The standard engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder that is of cast aluminum construction and has four valves per cylinder. This engine as a 10.5 to 1 compression ratio and makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm. Torque comes in at 125 foot-pounds at 3,800 rpm.
Also available is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four cylinder engine that is also of cast aluminum construction. This 16-valve engine has a 9.5 to 1 compression ration and is rated at 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 foot-pounds of torque at 1,850 to 2,500 rpm.
Sitting on a 105.7-inch wheelbase, Cruze is 181.0 inches long by 70.7 inches wide by 58.1 inches tall. This sedan weighs from 3,011 to 3,155 pounds and has a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds. Towing is not recommended with Cruze Eco.
Like other compact cars, Chevrolet’s Cruze gets very good gas mileage. Its Eco version gets a segment-leading 42 mpg. Other models get from 22 to 26 mpg around town and 35 to 38 mpg on the highway.
All Cruze models except Eco are equipped with a 15.6-gallon fuel tank. Eco comes with a 12.6-gallon fuel tank. When powered by its turbocharged engine Cruze offers a driving range of nearly 593 miles.
Chevrolet packs Cruze with 10 airbags and offers a number of features as standard equipment including power windows, power door locks and air-conditioning. Cruze also comes with remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescopic steering column, an audio system, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio, OnStar and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include an upgraded audio system, Chevrolet MyLink, a navigation system, a technology package with safety features and a sunroof.
Outside, Cruze rides on standard 16-inch wheels. Optionally, 17-inch forged light-weight polished alloy wheels are also available. Halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps and folding side mirrors are also standard. You can also order a rear spoiler and opt for various trim embellishments.