Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
Small size, big value
The Chevrolet Cruze, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers that perfect mix of individuality, performance and equipment, which is one reason it is Chevy’s best-selling passenger car around the world. With a deep selection of powertrains, striking design and premium features, the five-passenger Chevy Cruze is the perfect automotive companion. Now, an all-new clean turbo-diesel engine choice gives the 2014 Cruze unmatched fuel economy, as well.
The biggest news for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze (MSRP $17,520) is the Cruze Turbo Diesel model (MSRP $24,985) and its new 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. Chevrolet harnessed extensive diesel expertise, here and in Europe, in developing this four-cylinder, which is the cleanest diesel that General Motors has ever put into production. With 151 hp and a stout 264 lb/ft of torque, the Cruze Diesel is fun to drive, and thanks to its inherently efficient diesel engine, it returns an EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway. When it becomes available this summer, the Cruze will be the most fuel efficient non-hybrid gasoline or diesel car sold in America.
The automotive press was quick to recognize the virtues of the Cruze. U.S. News ranked it ahead of 36 other vehicles––including the Honda Civic and Civic Hybrid, Kia Forte and Rio, Subaru Impreza, Dodge Dart, Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Hybrid, Toyota Corolla, MINI Cooper and many others––in the “Affordable Compact Car” category. Kelley Blue Book reviewers said, “The Cruze stands out from other compacts with its comfort-oriented ride and overall feeling of solidity and strength,” while the Edmunds review said, “It’s hard not to take a shine to the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Big-torque performance and hybrid-baiting efficiency is an alluring combination, while the Cruze’s intrinsic goodness continues to impress three years after its launch.”
The Cruze also offers two Ecotec® gasoline engines. The first is a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing that delivers 138 hp, 125 lb/ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. The second is a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder. It produces 138 hp, 148 lb/ft of torque and even better fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway.
In addition to the Cruze Turbo Diesel, the 2014 Cruze lineup includes LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT and LTZ trims.
The LS comes with the 1.8-liter engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with ActiveSelect manual control. Some of the great standard equipment on the LS includes Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, CD/MP3 audio, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls, a USB port and auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, 10 standard air bags and an Enhanced Acoustic Package that employs more than 30 separate noise-abating treatments to the vehicle to keep noise out of the cabin.
Both the 1LT and 2LT are powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, and both offer a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic with ActiveSelect. Highlights of 1LT standard equipment include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. Choosing the 2LT will snag you 17-inch wheels, heated leather seats and a sport-tuned suspension.
The LTZ is the most luxurious version of the gasoline-powered Cruze trims. It features 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, automatic climate control and foglamps all as standard equipment. It also comes standard with the Chevrolet MyLink stereo with seven-inch touch-screen, rear-vision camera display and voice recognition; keyless access with push-button start; and a remote vehicle start system.
The Cruze Eco combines the best convenience and luxury features from the other trims and adds a collection of fuel saving technologies. It comes with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and available six-speed automatic transmission as the LT and LTZ trims, but its standard six-speed manual transmission is Eco-specific, featuring gearing designed to maximize fuel economy. The lightweight, 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in low-rolling-resistance rubber, and the Eco front fascia includes a lower air shutter to improve aerodynamics at highway speed. The result of these and other Eco-specific features is an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, 39 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic and 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway with the manual.
Regardless of your choice of Cruze trim, you can rest easy knowing that you and your passengers are protected by the car with the most standard safety features in its class. On top of the 10 airbags, the Cruze provides standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and four-wheel antilock brakes. Additional driver assistance and safety systems that are standard or available, depending on trim, include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and a Rear Vision Camera. Plus, the Chevrolet Cruze is the only car to include the OnStar suite of safety and convenience features.
Your new 2014 Chevy Cruze is designed to protect you, and Chevrolet is committed to protecting your Cruze. Every new Cruze comes with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and two years of free scheduled maintenance.
There are lots of compact cars on sale today, but none of them can offer what you get from the Cruze. Come in today for details about the new Cruze Turbo Diesel and the rest of the Cruze line, and experience the excellent new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze for yourself.