Chevy has a rocky history when it comes to building compact cars. Just think back to the Chevy Cavalier circa 1995 or the ill-fated Chevy Cobalt. Fortunately, this time GM got it right with the Chevy Cruze.
The History of the Chevy Cruze
First Generation Chevy Cruze (2011-present)
The Chevy Cruze made its U.S. debut in 2011. Unlike other parts of the world, the Cruze was only available as a sedan here in the states. Outside, the first year Cruze is modern yet plain with an equally non-offensive interior design. Even though the appearance of the Cruze isn’t that exciting, the fit and finish are excellent.
Engine options include either a 1.4L turbocharge 4-cylinder or a 1.8L 4-cylinder, with power being sent to either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is the only means of getting power to the pavement.
The first year Cruze was loaded with a good amount of standard equipment including OnStar, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, an eight-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, full power accessories and a six-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and an AUX audio jack.
In 2012, the Cruze remained virtually unchanged from the previous model year. For 2013, several changes were made including the addition of Bluetooth streaming audio, a rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring. Model year 2014 was an important year, because the 2.0L turbocharge diesel 4-cylinder engine was introduced.
The Cruze makes up for decades of subpar compact cars from GM. It combines state of the art drivetrains with all of the creature comforts consumers have come to expect. It’s so good, it may even make you forget GM’s mistakes, the Cavalier and Cobalt, ever even existed.