Chevrolet Cruze 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Chevrolet Cruze
|LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||7.6 sec||15.9 sec @ 89 mph||30/42/33 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Premier||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.2 sec||16.3 sec @ 85.5 mph||30/40/31.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Premier||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.7 sec||16.6 sec @ 82.7 mph||30/40/31.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Chevrolet Cruze
|2.0 TD||2.0L Turbo Diesel I-4||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.3 sec @ 85 mph||27/46/44 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2.0 TD||2.0L Turbo Diesel I-4||FWD||6A||8.5 sec||16.5 sec @ 83.7 mph||27/46/37.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|2.0 TD||2.0L Turbo Diesel I-4||FWD||6A||8.8 sec||16.8 sec @ 81 mph||27/46/36.1 mpg||Motor Week|
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
|Eco||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.1 sec||16.2 sec @ 86.4 mph||28/42/39.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
|2LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.4 sec @ 85 mph||24/36/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.2 sec||17.1 sec @ 82 mph||24/36/31.5 mpg||Motor Week|
|Eco||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.0 sec||16.3 sec @ 86 mph||28/42/29 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Eco||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||8.4 sec||16.6 sec @ 85 mph||28/42/39 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LS||1.8L I-4||FWD||6A||9.4 sec||17.2 sec @ 82 mph||22/35/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.9 sec||17.0 sec @ 82 mph||24/36/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ RS||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.0 sec||16.9 sec @ 82.1 mph||24/36/23.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
About Chevrolet Cruze
Ever since GM declared bankruptcy back in 2009, the Chevrolet Cruze has become the top model for the GM brand in its quest for global renown. Since its introduction, it has sold more than half a million units, and the 2015 version is sure to sell a lot more. In the “affordable small car” segment, it remains a solid choice especially for families with tight budgets.
Choices among Cruzes
The Cruze comes in 4 available trims: LS, LT, RS, and LTZ. The base models come in a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine, producing 138 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a turbocharged option that’s a bit more efficient, as it produces 146 pound-feet of torque while still giving out 138 horsepower.
The gas-powered Cruze Eco may be the top choice for the non-diesel fans, as its 1.4L turbo engine manages to squeeze out as many as 42 miles to the gallon. But those without any diesel hangups should take a look at the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, with its 151 horsepower, 264 pound-feet of torque, and the superior EPA fuel-economy rating of 46 mpg.
In contrast, the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with the available 6-speed automatic transmission only offers 38 miles to the gallon, while the standard 6-speed manual transmission offers 36 mpg.
This is one of the reasons why the Cruze is so popular. The mileage is actually decent and that helps out families a lot. Add this to the reasonable MSRPs and the Cruze proposition looks very appealing. The priced starts from just $16,170 and you won’t have to worry about the most expensive trims, which won’t even reach the price of an entry-level Ford Mondeo.
The Look of the Cruze
The Cruze doesn’t exactly have Tom Cruise looks, unfortunately. At best, it’s inoffensive, which does make a lot of sense for family vehicles. The grille sweeps back high at the front, and that’s plainly to match the look of the other Chevy sedans. The lower fascia treatment is quite nice, and on the LT and LTZ trims it comes with LED running lights. The hindquarters of the Cruze look about the same, although it does offer a spacious trunk that families sure would appreciate.
Inside, the cabin does have some expected plastics which have divided the opinion among critics. This is the part that’s all a matter of opinion. Some think that they look a bit cheap, although others believe the textures do look nice. The front seats are very comfy and the support is sufficient, while the rear seats seem to offer adequate space. Still, there are those who note that some of its competitors may offer even more legroom in the back, which should matter more if the rear is supposed to transport taller passengers. For families with kids, the space at the back is more than enough.
The Cruze comes with OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, which can connect up to 7 smart devices. This allows access to the Chevy native app marketplace, and iPhone users can ask the Siri personal assistant a bunch of questions while on the go. There’s even an option for text message alerts, which can read incoming texts messages aloud. A USB port and Bluetooth are also standard.
For options, your choices include a voice-controlled MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, along with a Pioneer audio system with 9 speakers. Navigation, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera are also very popular options as well.
Driving the Cruze
Forget about the top speeds and the 0 to 60 stats. Those are basically irrelevant with the Cruze, because going fast isn’t its top priority. All you need to know is that it drives decently enough so you won’t have any complaints, and the quiet can be very soothing. Part of that lack of noise is a special focus on acoustics. For example, the Cruze features a triple-sealed laminated windshield to keep out the ruckus from outside. That’s just one of the 30 acoustical treatments used on the Cruze.
It’s a very comfortable ride and the handling is quite stately. Families should be relieved that the Cruze gets a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, it boasts of more standard safety features than any compact car in its class, and 10 air bags are standard here.
The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control helps the car keep to the road on slippery surfaces, and the OnStar Command Center allows advisors to use GPS tech to find out where you are so that emergency response units can be on their way.
That’s the Cruze in a nutshell—safe. It’s not a terribly adventurous car to drive or to even look at, but when you have your family with you then you’re probably looking for less excitement while keeping costs down as much as you can.
To learn more about Chevy Cruze, visit the official Chevy website.