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Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze received praise when it was new for its attractive interior and smooth ride.

The base 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has a four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the same horsepower and slightly more torque than the base engine. Test drivers said the base engine offers sufficient power, but they preferred the turbocharged engine for its increased get-up-and-go. Still, a few reviewers mentioned that there’s a bit of turbo lag with this engine, which can cause a slight delay in acceleration from a stop. Several critics said the available automatic transmission can be slow to downshift when more power is needed. The base 2013 Cruze gets an EPA-estimated 22/35 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission, which is less than what many rivals get. However, an available Eco trim gets up to 28/42 mpg, which is excellent for the class. Reviewers said the Cruze offers precise, communicative steering and corners confidently. At the same time, they said it offers a gentle and pleasant ride.

Automotive reviewers said the interior of the five-seat 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has handsome materials and a sophisticated design, which make it feel upscale compared with rivals. A few test drivers said that the amount of legroom in the front and rear seats is class-competitive, and most wrote that there’s ample head- and legroom in both the front and back seats. The Cruze sedan has one of the largest trunks in the class and comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input, satellite radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The 2013 Cruze has 10 standard air bags, which is a high number for the class. Available features include Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, which reviewers praised for its user-friendly operation and the ability to control smartphone apps like Pandora. A nine-speaker Pioneer audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear park assist and rear cross traffic alert are also available. 

When it was new, we named the Chevrolet Cruze the 2013 Best Compact Car for Families.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Subaru Impreza comes with standard all-wheel drive, which reviewers said makes it feel planted on rough roads or during inclement weather. The Impreza is available either as a hatchback, which has ample cargo space when the rear seats are folded, or a sedan.

Equipped with an available turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, the 2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI gets great fuel economy ratings for the class, and reviewers said that it is peppy off the line. Like the Cruze, test drivers said the 2013 Golf’s cabin feels upscale compared with rivals, thanks to its exceptional fit and finish.

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