The Chevrolet Cruze debuted in the 2011 model year as the replacement for the outgoing Cobalt, making this Chevy’s second attempt to replace the legendary Cavalier. The Cruze is actually a Daewoo Lacetti bearing a Chevy bowtie, so it has a tendency to put customers off, as Daewoo never caught on in the U.S.
For the 2013 model year, the Chevy Cruze carries over from the 2012 model year, but there was a little shuffling of standard features, a few new optional packages were added and three new colors – Cyber Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic and Atlantis Blue Metallic – were added. The 2013 Cruze comes in a dizzying nine trim levels – LS Manual, LS Auto, 1LT Manual, 1LT Auto, ECO Manual, ECO Auto, 2LT Manual, 2LT Auto and LTZ Auto – but they all had distinct additions that made them easy to distinguish from one another.
The 1LT Auto trim level eliminates the manual transmission on the 1LT Manual and replaces it with a six-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, the 1LT Manual and 1LT Auto are completely identical, as the 1LT Auto features the same 5-spoke alloy wheels, color-coded side-view mirrors and chrome beltline moldings. Inside the cabin, sans the automatic shifter, the 1LT Auto is identical to the 1LT Manual trim level, featuring the same leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, cruise control, premium cloth seating, and auxiliary glove box as the 1LT Manual trim level.
The 1LT Manual starts things off by swapping out the 1.8-liter engine for a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that features 138 horsepower and connects to a six-speed manual transmission. This engine nets you an additional 2 mpg highway over the base 1.8-liter. On the outside, the 1LT Manual carries over the LS Manuals trimmings, but adds in body-colored side-view mirrors for added smoothness, and chrome beltline moldings and 16-inch alloy wheels for added style. On the inside, the –LT adds in a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob for added styling, cruise control, and an auxiliary glove box for some extra convenience.
Building atop the 1LT Automatic trim level is the 2LT Auto trim level. On the outside, the 2LT Auto trim level adds in 17-inch wheels for a sportier look, remote vehicle starter for preheating or precooling the car, and 225/509R17 tires for extra stability when cornering. Inside the cabin, the 2LT Auto trim level adds in Chevy’s MyLink AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a 7-inch LCD screen and Bluetooth audio streaming, heated Meridian leather seating for additional comfort and six-way power front seats, so it is easy to find the perfect seating position.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Chevrolet Cruze$16,990 | 11,287 mi
2013 Chevrolet Cruze$17,991 | 19,564 mi
2013 Chevrolet Cruze$17,995 | 16,045 mi
2013 Chevrolet Cruze$19,991 | 18,229 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$11,995 | 52,825 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$14,992 | 27,875 mi
2012 Chevrolet CRUZE$15,400 | 21,459 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$15,549 | 24,520 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$15,872 | no mileage
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$15,992 | 31,787 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$16,991 | 6,954 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$17,991 | 28,915 mi
2012 Chevrolet Cruze$17,995 | 11,812 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$10,477 | 47,116 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$11,995 | 55,807 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$12,488 | 55,035 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$12,795 | 83,158 mi
2011 Chevrolet CRUZE$12,985 | 46,251 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$12,992 | 37,267 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$13,995 | 37,620 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$14,991 | 14,733 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$14,995 | 29,039 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$15,495 | 19,413 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$15,992 | 11,321 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$15,992 | 13,582 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$16,895 | 17,010 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$16,944 | 14,090 mi
2011 Chevrolet Cruze$17,395 | 14,618 mi
Powerful engine, excellent mpg and new aesthetics, but rather expensive, a five-speed manual and still looks boring
Relatively peppy, nice looking and very inexpensive, but lacks refinement, loud on the road and cheap interior
Relatively powerful, awesome looking, and excellent price, but tight backseat and options add up quickly
Relatively powerful, decked out as standard and stylish, but not as quick as expected and cramped cabin