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2018 L Manual 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $16,975
2018 LS Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,525
2018 LS Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,525
2018 LT Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,920
2018 LT Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,320
2018 LT Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,520
2018 LT Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,920
2018 Premier Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,520
2018 LT Diesel Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,820
2018 Premier Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $24,020
2018 LT Diesel Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,420
2018 LT Diesel Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,520
2018 LT Diesel Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,920

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.

Chevrolet Cruze

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:

Chevrolet Cruze

L

The entry-level L model is only available as a sedan and starts at $17,850 (all prices include the $875 destination fee). The sedan comes with a six-speed manual transmission, seven-inch touch-screen display, a rear-vision camera, 15-inch steel wheels, four-speaker audio system, cloth seats, and remote keyless entry.

Don't count on seeing the Cruze L on your local dealer's lot – it's sold almost exclusively to rental car companies and other fleet operators.

Chevrolet Cruze

LS

The next step up, the LS trim, is also only available as a sedan and is priced at $19,400. The trim adds a compass, console with armrest, and carpeted floor mats over the base L model. The LS Automatic trim adds a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,000 more.

The Ground Effects Package ($1,495) adds a different rear bumper, more aggressive side sills, and a sportier front lip.

Chevrolet Cruze

LT

Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the LT Manual sedan starts at $21,025, while the hatchback is priced at $22,115. Standard features on the LT trim includes a six-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, and LED daytime running lamps. Getting an automatic transmission for the sedan is an extra $1,300, while getting an automatic gearbox for the hatchback costs an additional $680.

The Redline Edition Package ($995) adds black emblems with red outline, a black bowtie, black beltline moldings, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and an upgraded rear suspension that promises better stability. The Convenience Package ($1,150) includes keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, an eight-way driver’s seat, and a remote start system on vehicles with automatic transmissions. The Sun and Sound Package ($1,495) adds Chevrolet MyLink with an eight-inch screen, a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system, a power sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, and ambient lighting.

The Driver Confidence Package ($495) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Lastly, the RS Package incorporates a rear spoiler, front fog lamps, a sport body kit, and RS badges.

Chevrolet Cruze

Premier

The Premier trim is the top-of-the-line configuration for both the hatchback and sedan body style. Available with only an automatic transmission the Premier Sedan starts at $24,350, while the hatchback is priced at $24,820.

The range-topping trim adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a remote start system, passive entry/push button start, and an even more dynamic suspension setup that emphasis comfort.

Packages available for the Premier trim include the Enhanced Convenience Package ($865) that adds single-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, wireless charging, a 110-volt power outlet, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and driver express-up/down power windows.

The Sun and Sound with Navigation Package ($1,995) adds the same features as the Sun and Sound Package, but adds a navigation to the MyLink infotainment system. Lastly, the Driver Confidence II Package ($1,655) includes the Driver Confidence Package, the Enhanced Convenience Package, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

CarsDirect Tip

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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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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In the same vein as the Cavalier of yesteryear, the Chevrolet Cruze attempts to clear Chevy a spot in the hearts of young, growing families in the vast compact market led by Toyota and Honda.

With its newer hatchback and diesel models now well established, the 2018 Cruze gives young families a few more reasons to consider it. This comes on top of its desirable features, comfy ride, efficient character, and other niceties that make this compact model feel more premium than its price tag alludes to.

Best Value

Just because it’s Chevy’s inexpensive compact sedan doesn’t mean you have to settle for the Cruze’s base trim (although there's nothing wrong if that's the case – even the base Cruze comes with a seven-inch MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, OnStar 4G LTE wifi connectivity, and Bluetooth, to name a few goodies).

In fact, the best value in the Cruze lineup is the upper-midrange LT trim in the sedan body style. This trim starts from a still-affordable $21,025 and comes standard with a few more desirable features than the lower trims, including a six-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a spare tire. That price includes a six-speed manual transmission, which might be an issue for some consumers – add $1,300 for the automatic variant.

The LT trim also opens the door to the Convenience Package ($850), which adds valuable features like an eight-way power driver’s seat, keyless entry and ignition, and heated front seats. We also suggest adding the inexpensive RS Package ($695) to make this not-so-expensive sedan look a little more premium with its rear spoiler, fog lights, and sport body kit.

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT
  • Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 153 hp / 177 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Exterior color: Red Hot
  • Interior color: Jet Black cloth
  • Options: Convenience Package ($850, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, eight-way power driver’s seat), RS Package ($695, sport body kit, RS lettering, front fog lights, rear spoiler)
  • Base Price: $21,025
  • As Tested: $22,570

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Cruze
  • Optional turbodiesel engine delivers up to 37 miles per gallon combined – up to 52 mpg on the highway! – and low-end punch.
  • Ride quality is better than average.
  • Slick-shifting six-speed manual has a light and easy clutch.
  • Excellent highway cruiser with great stability at higher speeds.

Performance Cons

  • Electric power steering feels numb.
  • Lacks the zippiness of some competitors, like the Mazda 3.

Interior Pros

  • Clean cabin layout with limited, but well-placed, buttons.
  • Standard seven-inch touchscreen elevates the interior.
  • Plenty of options to really gussy up the interior.
  • Nearly 14 cubic feet of trunk space in the sedan and more than 24 cubic feet of cargo room in the hatchback with the seats up.
  • Even the base L trim is not lacking features for its class.

Interior Cons

Chevrolet Cruze
  • Some interior options add a lot to the bottom line pricing.
  • The middle seat in the rear is a tight fit for most.
  • Range-topping Premier trim is missing some staple items, like dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, and a head-up display.
  • Most advanced safety equipment only available on Premier, while adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking aren't available full stop.

Our Favorite Thing

We love the Cruze’s ride quality. Not only is it super comfortable for its class, but the cabin is also well insulated from most outside noise, making the Chevy feel like a more premium vehicle.

Our Least Favorite Thing

The pricey Premier trim’s lack of certain upscale features left us scratching our heads. Why would Chevy not offer dual-zone climate control and ventilated seats on this range-topping trim level? And what about automatic emergency braking? Come on, Chevy.

Right For

Young, growing family: With its relatively low price, the option of getting a sedan or hatchback, and roominess in both body styles, the 2018 Cruze is perfect for a younger family looking for a new car to haul the kids to practices and recitals.

Wrong For

Chevrolet Cruze

Families looking to upgrade: Yes, the 2018 Chevy Cruze is better than most in its class in terms of comfort and features, but it is not a premium model that would satisfy a family's urge to move to a more upscale model.

The Bottom Line

With its combination of comfort, responsiveness, roominess, high-end options, and relatively low price, the 2018 Cruze is a must-try for any growing family. Will it fall short in some areas? Of course – it is still an inexpensive compact car, after all – but its benefits far outweigh the negatives.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 153 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 40 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 153 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 40 / 33 Mpg
Brakes
Duralife 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$52
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.7 "
Exterior Width
70.5 "
Exterior Height
57.4 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
36.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
8-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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