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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 10, 2013

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 LS trims act as the base models, featuring only the most basic amenities, like: CD player, power windows, cloth seating and steel wheels. The 1LT trim levels added onto the LS trims with alloy wheels, color-keyed exterior components and a turbocharged engine. The ECO trims add in fuel-economy-boosting features and upgraded audio to the Cruze. The 2LT trims add leather seating, larger rims and remote vehicle starter (automatic only). Lastly, the LTS trim level added just about anything you can think of for an entry-level sedan, like 18-inch wheels, climate control and fog lamps.

In terms of competition, the Cruze has plenty of models to go head to head with. Leading the charge of competitors is the perennial leader of the class, the Honda Civic. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan comes standard with a refreshed body, a 1.8-liter engine with 140 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. Next up is the 2013 Kia Forte Sedan, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 156 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and 15-inch steel wheels. Next you have the 2013 Ford Focus Sedan, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 160 horsepower, a five-speed manual transmission and power front windows.

With so much competition to fend off, this Daewoo in a Chevy suit needs to step up and offer items that none of the others do.

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