2014 Chevrolet Cruze Review

March 28, 2014
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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the best deals you can find in the segment. It offers great fuel economy with the new diesel model, comfortable ride, agile handling, huge cargo space and classy cabin. It’s a pretty good compact car to get around in.

NEW FOR 2014 CRUZE

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Chevy Cruze gets its power from one of the three engines available. The LS model is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A 1.4-liter turbocharged four sits under the hood of the LT, Eco, and LTZ models. It makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The new diesel-run Cruze has a turbocharged engine too. Its 2.0-liter four produces 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.

All Cruzes comes with front-wheel drive system. The LS, LT and Eco models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. The LTZ and diesel models get a 6-speed automatic, which is also optional on the first three models mentioned.

Here are the EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze:

City Highway
Cruze LS, 1.8L 4 cyl, manual 25 mpg 36 mpg
Cruze LS, 1.8L 4 cyl, automatic 22 mpg 35 mpg
Cruze LT and LTZ, 1.4L 4 cyl, manual 26 mpg 38 mpg
Cruze LT and LTZ, 1.4L 4 cyl, automatic 26 mpg 38 mpg
Cruze Eco, 1.4L 4 cyl, manual 28 mpg 42 mpg
Cruze Eco, 1.4L 4 cyl, automatic 26 mpg 39 mpg
Cruze 2.0TD, 2.0L 4 cyl, automatic 27 mpg 46 mpg

 

ON THE ROAD

The 2014 Cruze delivers agile handling without compromising ride comfort. Even with the firmer suspension on diesel, 2LT and LTZ models, the ride quality is still agreeable. The automatic transmission is an issue, though, because it downshifts unwillingly for quick acceleration.

The diesel model is a good deal because it offers great fuel economy and impressive quick acceleration for a compact car. And unlike the automatic gearbox in other models, the one that goes with the diesel Cruze is more responsive especially on highways. If you’re worried about the typical diesel engine clatter, you’ll barely hear that from behind the wheel.

INSIDE THE 2014 CRUZE

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The Cruze is an affordable compact car. But its cabin does not look like it. From the design to the materials, the Cruze’s interior is classy. The hard plastics are, of course, still a downside.

Front seats are not exactly spacious as some buyers may find them narrow. But these bucket seats are supportive and comfortable. The backseat cushion sits quite low, though, making it less comfortable for taller passengers.

The Cruze’s trunk is above average for the class. It offers 15 cubic feet of space on all models, except on the diesel which is still spacious at 13.3 cubic feet.

KEY FEATURES

Chevrolet is offering 6 models of the 2014 Cruze. They are the LS, 1LT, 2LT, Eco, 2.0TD and LTZ. Here are the standard features included in each model.

The Chevrolet Cruze LS comes standard with automatic headlights, daytime running lights, OnStar, Bluetooth, driver information center, ambient LED interior lighting, keyless entry, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cloth seats, 6-way manually adjustable front seats, CD player, MP3 playback capability, auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, USB port, and 16-inch steel wheels.

The 1LT trim level adds leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and cruise control. The 2LT equips the Cruze with more. It is standard with sport suspension, antilock disc brakes, leather seats, 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, and heated front seats.

The Cruze Eco features unique front fascia, Chevrolet MyLink Radio (includes Gracenote, 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen, Pandora and voice recognition), and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The diesel 2.0TD model has remote start system, uplevel instrument cluster, and unique front fascia.

The premium LTZ model gets automatic climate control, fog lights, keyless access with push-button start, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome door handles, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

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