Compact? Yes. Boring? No. The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze makes a splash in the pool of affordable compact cars by offering a sporty flair, amazing fuel efficiency, and even high-tech options normally reserved for higher-end vehicles. Your local dealership or the Chevy website aren’t the only places you’ll find rave reviews for this sedan; Autobytel and Edmunds are among this model’s outspoken fans.
With its many firsts and top-of-the-class distinctions, the Cruze is truly a leader in its class. When it comes to safety, the 2013 Cruze offers an unprecedented 10 standard air bags. Tipping the scales, it also provides more technology and connectivity, as well as more cargo space than other compact cars. The Cruze Eco has better fuel efficiency and highway mileage than any other gas engine in America, boasting an amazing 42 MPG. All those high rankings show that compact doesn’t mean low-level or insignificant, just that many unbeatable Chevy factors are packed into a smaller-than-average package.
Onlookers will notice you in this sporty ride, whose lower stance and sport suspension that come with the 2LT. With the RS package, an even more edgy design is achieved, providing both enhanced appearance and performance-level aerodynamics. The sunken sculpted fog lamps and 18-inch, 5-spoke wheels further enhance the modern additions to this otherwise practical machine. Of course, a lot rides on the trim level you choose, but even the basic silhouette of the 2013 Cruze is impressive for an affordable compact car.
Many of the Cruze’s features depend on which model you decide to drive: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, or LZT. With MSRPs ranging from $17,130 for the more basic LS to $23,550 for the decked-out LZT, this affordable compact sedan really packs a punch. All models include Side/Curtain Airbags, and both Stability and Traction Control. The LS has an automatic transmission and a 1.8L, 4-cycle engine that gets 25 MPGs in the city and 36 on highways. The 1LT and 2LT both have 1.4L, 4-cycle engines that get 26 MPGs in the city and 38 on highways. The 1LT has a manual transmission, while the 2LT has an automatic one and boasts an optional navigation system. The Eco also has the option of a navigation system, as well as a 1.4, 4-cycle engine, an automatic transmission and up to 28 MPGs in the city and 42 on the highway.
While this sedan is not technically part of the luxury class, it boasts many goodies that are game-changers for its class. While many features rely on the trim level you select, even the LS includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel that has audio controls, and the six-speaker sound system with CD and MP3 players as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity. Also boasting OnStar, keyless entry, and full power accessories, the convenience and entertainment options in the Cruze just skyrocket from there, it possible 7-inch touchscreen display and MyLink technology as well as the Driver Convenience package. Most packages are available on lower trim levels as options, allowing you to pick and choose the features of your 2013 Cruze from an impressive menu.