The Chevrolet Cruze is General Motors’ biggest step yet in making a competitive compact sedan. Introduced in 2010 to break free from memories of the Cavalier and Cobalt, the Cruze was also GM’s first effort at selling a global Chevrolet compact sedan, as the car was marketed in numerous countries on almost every continent.
2016 to Present: Chevrolet Cruze
A new turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 153 horsepower is standard in the 2016 Chevy Cruze. It also comes with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic transmission is available.
The revised interior sports upgraded materials and includes more back-seat legroom. It also incorporates newly available tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an updated version of Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system.
Standard interior features include a six-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port and GM's OnStar telematics system. Optional features include the MyLink infotainment system, navigation, a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, satellite radio and a nine-speaker audio system.
The second-generation Cruze also offers more driver assistance features than the previous generation, including lane keeping assist and forward collision warning.
Earlier Chevrolet Cruze models
The 2011 Cruze went on sale in summer 2010, available in the U.S. only as a four-door sedan to compete with the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. The base engine was a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Uplevel models, including the more fuel-efficient Cruze Eco, got a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that also makes 138 horsepower, but adds 25 more pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic was common on most models, but a six-speed manual was standard on LS and Eco models.
Even the base Cruze LS got air conditioning, GM's OnStar telematics system and a height-adjustable driver's seat, while LT models could be had with leather upholstery and Bluetooth. The top LTZ model got automatic climate control and parking sensors, and could be had with navigation and a backup camera.
In 2013, the Cruze got an optional Enhanced Safety package with rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. A backup camera was made more widely available, Bluetooth streaming audio was added and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system was introduced.
For 2014, a turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was added as the Cruze Diesel joined the model lineup. It came standard with the six-speed automatic transmission, as well as leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control and keyless entry with push-button start.
The Cruze got a mild facelift for 2015 and a new base L trim was introduced. Also new was the introduction of an updated OnStar 4G LTE telematics system with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.