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in Used Small Cars $12K to $15K

Avg. Price Paid: $12,929 - $16,708
Original MSRP: $17,130 - $23,550
MPG: 22 City / 35 Hwy
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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Interior

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Like many affordable small cars, reviewers say that the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is made with some hard plastics, but overall, the automotive press thinks the Cruze has an attractive cabin. One test driver even says that when it’s properly equipped, the Cruze seems more expensive than its price suggests. Reviewers add that the interior features are easy to use, but they want more legroom for rear passengers. The front seats, however, are spacious.

  • "Most plastics are very lightly padded or hard to the touch, but they are attractive. Cruze's interior is more aesthetically pleasing than that of most competitors. Leather upholstery is standard on the 2LT and LTZ, which makes the cabin feel even more upscale." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Ample use of sound-deadening material makes the Cruze sedan's cabin one of the quietest in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In short, the inside had a very appealing feel to it, well above the price structure." -- MarketWatch (2011)

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Seating

Several car reviewers say that the Cruze’s quiet, five-seat cabin has an impressive amount of front and rear passenger space for the class, but some test drivers disagree. One reviewer mentions that the front seats aren’t wide enough. However, another finds the Cruze’s front seats to be very comfortable and that it isn’t hard to find a comfortable position, even when the Cruze is equipped with the optional sunroof.

The rear seats also received mixed reviews. While more than one reviewer voices that competitors have more rear legroom, other test drivers think the Cruze’s ample rear-seat space distinguishes the Cruze from its classmates.  

  • "Cruze's wide-for-the-class body is really evident with excellent shoulder room and an airy, expansive atmosphere. Six-footers have plenty of headroom, even with the optional sunroof. Generous fore and aft seat travel, together with the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, make it easy to find a comfortable driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Seat comfort, both front and rear, is another area where the Cruze sedan shines. Legroom up front is excellent, while the rear seats offer a comfortable place for two adults - as long as the front seats are not fully extended." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of the most impressive qualities of the Cruze is its quiet cabin, which does a good job isolating you from outside noises." -- Cars.com (2011)
  • "Some drivers might find the Cruze's front seats a bit narrow, but they're supportive and comfortable, and they offer plenty of adjustment. A low bottom cushion for the backseat diminishes comfort for longer-limbed riders, as it offers little thigh support. Actual legroom is only average for the segment; you'll find more space in the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, auxiliary and USB ports, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Optional features include a 7-inch touch-screen display, a navigation system, a nine-speaker Pioneer stereo, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and a rearview camera.

While few reviewers comment on the 2013 Cruze’s interior features, the remarks they do make are positive. They say that the stereo controls aren’t as complicated as the ones in the 2012 model. No reviewer has tested a Cruze with the MyLink system, which allows you to connect your smartphone to access media like Pandora Internet radio through your phone, but one test driver says that MyLink is easy to use in other Chevrolet models they tested.

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  • "This year's updated electronics interface is easier to use than last year and also provides additional functionality through the Chevy MyLink system, providing smartphone integration (for apps such as Pandora) and enhanced voice control." -- Edmunds
  • "Large, clear gauges are easy to see and read. Most minor controls are well located and clearly marked. While we have not yet evaluated a Cruze equipped with MyLink, other Chevrolet vehicles so equipped have shown the system is generally simple to operate. It allows for streaming audio through Pandora and Stitcher when using their respective apps on a supported smartphone." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Chevrolet Cruze’s trunk has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and reviewers agree that the available room is very impressive for the class. One test driver, however, points out that the trunk’s curved hinges do take up some room. A different car reviewer thinks the Cruze doesn’t offer enough interior storage.

  • "Considerably above average, however, is the Cruze's large trunk, which accommodates an impressive 15.4 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "Cruze has one of the bigger trunks in the class, with a reasonably large opening. The 60/40 split rear seat backs fold nearly flat, and the large pass through adds to usable cargo room. On the downside, sickle-style trunk lid hinges intrude into the cargo space. Interior small-item storage is good, but not exceptional." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Chief among those being almost no space other than the cup holders to stow things. The console bin's very small. The bin ahead of the gearshift isn't even big enough for a cellphone. There are no beverage holders in the door panels." -- USA Today (2011)

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