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Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze is a globally designed and manufactured vehicle, also known as the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere in South Korea and the Holden Cruze in Australia. It was released in the United States in 2010 and has gained popularity as one of the most fuel-efficient sedans on the market today.

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Chevrolet Cruze Origins

The four-door compact Chevrolet Cruze was first introduced in 2001 as a Japanese-made crossover SUV manufactured by Suzuki in collaboration with General Motors. In 2008, the name was transferred to an unrelated compact sedan intended to replace the Chevrolet Cobalt and Daewoo Lacetti.

About the Chevrolet Cruze

As one might expect from a modern compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze is known for its high level of fuel efficiency. In the U.S., the vehicle comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission and is capable of achieving 36 mpg highway. The 2012 Cruze Eco sedan, one of the model’s four trim levels, achieves a best-in-class 42 mpg highway when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on the LTZ trim, and as an option on the LT trim, yields 38 mpg highway.

The Cruze has also been heralded for its safety features, which includes the standard 10 airbags. In the U.S., the Chevrolet Cruze was named the 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for receiving the best ratings in multiple crash protection tests.

Chevrolet Cruze Features

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a conservative, yet handsome, moderately-sized compact sedan available in LS, LT, LTZ, and Eco trims. The base LS features a 1.8-liter, 138 horsepower engine with a six-speed manual transmission, a StabiliTrak stability control system, anti-lock brakes, 10 airbags, power rearview mirrors, and six months of On-Star and SiriusXM satellite radio. The five-seat Cruze measures 181 inches in length, 58.1 inches in height, and sits on a relatively long wheelbase of 105.7 inches.

With the 1LT and 2LT, buyers have the choice of adding features such as a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, alloy wheels, and high-tech upgrades such as Bluetooth, USB ports, and a touch-screen navigation system. LTZ models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, fog lamps, keyless entry and start, rear parking assistance, and automatic climate control. The Eco features a few new details, including a six-speed manual transmission with an Eco overdrive gear, 15-spoke forged aluminum wheels with low rolling resistance tires, a rear spoiler, and a front fascia air dam.

Though considered a compact vehicle, the Cruze boasts more interior and cargo space than competing models such as the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. The 2012 Cruze provides 39.3 inches of front head room, 42.3 inches of front leg room, 37.9 inches of rear head room, and 35.4 inches of rear leg room. It also features a 60/40-split folding bench.

Chevrolet Cruze Evolution

Though branded as a Chevrolet in the U.S. and Japan, the early Cruze is actually the engineering work of Holden, an Australian subsidiary of General Motors. It is manufactured in Japan by Suzuki for the Eastern Hemisphere. In 2009, it was released in Australia as the Holden Cruze.

In late 2008, the Chevrolet Cruze was reintroduced as a compact car that would replace both the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Astra.

The current Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is built on GM’s Delta II front-wheel drive platform. It has a body made of 65 percent high-strength steel. The rack and pinion steering is electric in North America and hydraulic elsewhere; it permits a 36-foot turning circle. An isolated four-point engine mount and an acoustic-laminated windshield help quiet engine noise and vibration. A five-door hatchback style, developed by Holden, was released in Europe and Asia in 2011, but is not available in the U.S. In the U.S., the Cruze is available in four trims: LS, LT, LTZ and Eco.

Depending on trim level, the Cruze can be fitted with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine or a 1.8-liter inline-four. A 2.0-liter diesel will be available by 2014 in the U.S. Buyers can choose from a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

The Cruze is truly a globally manufactured vehicle, produced at plants in Russia, China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Venezuela, Brazil, and Australia. As of 2011, General Motors was in the process of retrofitting its Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing plant to build a diesel version of the Cruze, starting in 2013.

Select a Chevrolet Cruze Year

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Compact, Sedan


Watch out Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, there’s a new big little dog in town, as the Chevrolet Cruze is taking its place among the top choices in the compact sedan class.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,491

MPG
25-42
Seats
5

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Compact, Sedan


The Chevrolet Cruze is still young in its life cycle, having gone on sale as a 2011 model. For 2012, three new exterior colors--Autumn Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, and Victory Red--are available. Chevy Cruze LS can now be hand in Gold Mist Metallic. Keyless entry/ignition and fog lights are now standard on the LTZ trim. The Connectivity Package has been dropped, and 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cruze 2LT.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,378

MPG
25-42
Seats
5

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Compact, Sedan


Based on GM’s global Delta platform, the large Cruze compact sedan replaces the unloved Cobalt. Suspension is MacPherson strut/coil spring front suspension and z-link torsion beam rear, and the optional turbocharged four is all-new. Cruze is designed to elevate Chevy’s small car reputation, with interior design and materials designed to be a step up from the midsize Malibu.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,634

MPG
24-36
Seats
5

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