Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze OVERVIEW
While crossovers may be the new, popular kid on the block, compact vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze are still extremely popular. With the addition of a new hatchback body style last year and an available diesel engine, Chevrolet’s compact offering should now appeal to those looking for a fuel-efficient car that’s easy and enjoyable to drive.
What's New for 2018
Not much changes for the 2018 Cruze. Satin Steel Gray Metallic is a new exterior color, while the hatchback body style is now offered with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Cruze
Available as either a sedan or a hatchback, the Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Power is put down through the front wheels regardless of trim.
With the six-speed automatic, the Cruze is capable of returning 29 miles per gallon in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. Vehicles with a manual transmission can muster 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on highway, and 32 mpg combined.
While compact cars of yesteryear were stripped out models without any convenience features, the new Cruze is packed to the gills with high-tech goodies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The latest edition of Chevrolet MyLink, offered in both seven- and eight-inch screens, brings new apps to the vehicle, while the latest safety features are available through optional packages.
The Cruze is also available with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder and is listed separately.
The Cruze comes in four different trims:
With the hatchback’s more fluid lines, more accessible cargo area, and improved cargo space, it’s the body style we recommend. The LT trim comes with some great features as standard, while the Driver Confidence Package is worth the extra $495, simply for the peace of mind blind-spot monitoring provides.
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