The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a family of compact cars manufactured by General Motors since 2008. It was also marketed as the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere in South Korea from 2008 to 2011 and the Holden Cruze in Australia since 2009. The 2018 Cruze is not mechanically related to the subcompact hatchback of the same name manufactured jointly by General Motors and Suzuki for the Japanese market from 2001 to 2007.
The Chevrolet Cruze replaces two other compact cars from Chevrolet, including the Chevrolet Optra and Chevrolet Cobalt. The Optra was sold internationally under various other names such as the Daewoo Lacetti in Europe and Asia, and the Suzuki Forenza in North America. The Cobalt was sold only in North America.
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The 2018 Cruze is built on the GM Delta II platform
and was developed by a global engineering team, including GM Daewoo in South Korea and GM’s Opel division in Germany. This development program cost about $4 billion over a 27-month period, resulting in the production of 221 prototypes. MacPherson struts on the front suspensions and a solid torsion beam axle in the rear are some of the most distinctive design features on the Cruze. This design reduces the cost and complexity of the suspension compared to a multi-link independent rear suspension, which is more common for vehicles in this class. Sixty-five percent of the Cruze’s body is high-strength steel.
Cruze Body Styles
The standard body style for the 2018 Cruze is a four-door sedan, but it’s also available as a 5-door hatchback and 5-door station wagon. The hatchback was initially presented as concept car in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and entered production in mid-2011 for European markets. The hatchback version of the Cruze for North America went on sale for the 2017 model year in late 2016.
The station wagon version of the Cruze was unveiled February 2012 and the Geneva Motor Show and entered production later that year. The interior volume of the Cruze wagon is about 50 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Safety of the 2018 Cruze
The 2018 Cruze has received top safety ratings by various organizations throughout the world. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(IIHS) selected the Cruse as a Top Safety Pick in 2011, assigning it the highest rating of “good” in its front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Cruze its highest rating of five stars for its front impact, side impact and side pole tests. The NHTSA also gave the Cruze a rating of four stars in its rollover test.
The Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP) assigned the South Korean version of the Cruze an overall safety rating of five stars in 2009, including five-star ratings in its frontal, offset frontal, side and whiplash tests. The European NCAP and Australasian NACP also gave the 2009 Cruze five-star ratings in independent tests. The China NCAP followed suit in 2010 by giving the Cruze a five-star safety rating as well.
Roof pillars protect passengers during a rollover, but they also create blind spots. Striking a balance between these two factors is one of the many trade-offs in vehicle design. The driver’s visibility in the Cruze sedan is 157 degrees out of a maximum of 180 degrees for the front, which makes the forward visibility for the Cruze sedan the highest in its class. The rear visibility for the Cruze is 116 degrees.
What’s New for the 2018 Cruze
The Chevy Cruze is currently in its second generation, which entered production for the 2016 model year. This generation is a major update for the exterior, with the most obvious changes including a sloping roofline that gives the Cruze a fastback-like appearance and a split grille. New interior features for the second-generation Cruze include Android Auto Capability and Apple CarPlay.
The body of the 2018 Chevy Cruze is unchanged from 2017. The most significant exterior changes include the availability of the turbodiesel engine on the hatchback and the addition of a new color called Satin Steel Metallic. The 2018 Cruze also incorporates running changes that were made during the 2017 model year, which raised its NHTSA rating from four to five stars.
options for the 2018 Cruze vary by market. The engines available in North America include a 1.4-liter Ecotec inline four (I4) turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 153 horsepower (hp) and 177 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. The Chevy Cruze is also available with a 1.6-liter I4 turbo-charged diesel engine in North America that produces 134 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
All gasoline engines for the 2018 Cruze have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission. The turbo-diesel engine is available with a six-speed manual as standard and an option for a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Cruze Engine Performance
The version of the 2018 Cruze with the best performance is probably the LT sedan with the 1.4-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission. This configuration takes the 2018 Cruze from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 7.6 seconds and 50 to 70 mph in 5.2 seconds. Its time for the standing quarter mile is 15.9 seconds with a finishing speed of 89 mph. The 1.6-liter diesel engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and 50 to 70 mph in 13.1 seconds. The time for the standing quarter mile is 16.4 seconds with a finishing speed of 88 mph.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates for the 2018 Cruze sedan with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and automatic transmission is 29 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 33 combined. The fuel economy for the same configuration but with standard transmission is 27 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 32 combined.
The EPA estimates for the 2018 Cruze hatchback with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and manual transmission are 27 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 combined. The fuel economy for the 1.6-liter diesel engine with the same configuration is 29 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway and 35 combined.
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2018 Cruze Exterior
The Chevy Cruze will have no trouble fitting into parking spaces and driveways, but it’s also able to park in smaller spaces dedicated for compact cars. The height of the sedan is 57.4 inches, while the hatchback’s taller roofline gives it a height of 57.7 inches. The sedan’s length is 183.7 inches, and the hatchback is 175.3 inches long due to the more abrupt drop off in the rear. The width of the sedan and hatchback are both 70.5 inches. These dimensions place the Cruze at the larger end of the compact range.
In addition to the Satin Steel Metallic that’s new for 2018, the following exterior colors are also available for the Chevy Cruze:
• Arctic Blue Metallic
• Cajun Red Tintcoat
• Graphite Metallic
• Kinetic Blue Metallic
• Mosaic Black Metallic
• Pepperdust Metallic
• Red Hot
• Silver Ice Metallic
• Summit White
2018 Cruze Interior
Passenger room in the front seat is identical for the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2018 Cruze, with 38.9 inches of headroom and 42.0 inches of legroom. The legroom for both body styles is also identical for passengers in the rear seat at 36.1 inches. Passengers in the rear seat of the hatchback benefit from its higher roofline, resulting in 37.8 inches of headroom. Sedan passengers in the rear have ½ inch less headroom at 37.3 inches. The driver’s seating height is 20.8 inches, which is at the upper end for its class.
The standard interior features vary considerably by trim level. The base trim of the Cruze has cloth upholstery and a steering column that tilts and telescopes. The Cruze also has options such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated steering wheel and heated seats, which is highly unusual for compact cars. The Cruze is also exceptionally quiet when travelling at highway speeds. The interior noise level of a Cruze with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is 69 decibels (dB) at 70 mph, which is as low as any vehicle in its class.
All versions of the Cruze include an infotainment system with a MyLink touchscreen that has a diagonal measurement of at least seven inches, although a larger screen is available as an upgrade on the higher trim levels. The infotainment system also includes AM/FM radio as a standard feature with an option for SiriusXM satellite radio and 3.5-millimeter audio input jack. This system has USB integration and is compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay. The Cruze also has OnStar
with Wi-Fi Hotspot connectivity, allowing passengers to connect multiple wireless devices via the RemoteLink app.
2018 Cruze Trims
The trim levels for the 2018 Cruze sedan with a gasoline engine are the L, LS, LT and Premier trims, while hatchbacks with a gasoline engine are available with the LT and Premier trims. All versions with a diesel engine automatically have the LT Diesel trim, regardless of body style. Each trim level includes the features of the one below it except as otherwise noted.
The L trim for the 2018 Cruze is the base trim and is only available by custom ordering. Standard features for this trim include the following:
• 15-inch steel wheels
• Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
• Six-way manually adjustable driver seat
• Automatic headlights
• Rearview camera
• Remote locking and unlocking
• Folding rear seats with a 60/40 split
The L trim also has the basic infotainment system as a standard feature. The only transmission available for this trim is a six-speed manual transmission.
The LS trim is a step up from the L trim, but is much more common. The most significant changes for this trim are the option for a six-speed automatic transmission, carpeted floor mats and an arm rest in the center of the front seat. The LS trim also includes various dealer-installed options.
The LT trim is the most popular trim level for the Cruze. This trim was previously split into LT1 and LT2 designations for the Cruze and other Chevrolet models, but they have been combined into a single trim for the 2018 Cruze. The LT trim adds the following options:
• 16-inch alloy wheels
• Six-speaker audio system with satellite radio
• Steering wheel with phone and audio controls
• Cruise control
• Upgraded headlights
• LED running lights
• Heated mirrors
• Upholders on the rear center arm rest
LT models with automatic transmission receive a charge-only USB port, while models with a manual transmission get a sliding feature for the front armrest. LT Hatchbacks also get a rear spoiler and cargo cover.
The LT Diesel trim adds the items in the Convenience package as standard features except for the remote start, which include keyless ignition and start, eight-way power driver seat and heated front seats. The Leather package is also available as an option for the LT Diesel trim, which includes leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and height-adjustable front passenger seat.
The Premier trim replaces the LTZ trim as the top trim level for the Cruze and other Chevrolet models in 2018. This trim level adds an upgraded rear suspension, 17-inch wheels, chrome exterior accents, ambient interior lighting and lighted vanity mirrors.
RS Sport Package
The RS Sport Package is available for the LT and Premier trim levels. This option package includes alloy wheels and an upgraded infotainment system with an external amplifier and subwoofer, eight-inch MyLink touchscreen, GPS navigation and sliding sunroof.
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