Buying a used Chevrolet Cruze is a great option in the sedan class. Seating up to five passengers along with many production years to choose from, there is an option for everybody! Our team at Cantin Chevrolet in Laconia, New Hampshire has put together some information about each production year that we hope you will find helpful.
First Generation (2011 – 2015)
The Chevrolet Cruze was first rolled out in the U.S. for the year 2011 to replace the Cobalt. Its slightly larger sedan body style, upgraded engine and re-imagined technology features were crowd pleasers for this newly introduced vehicle. It came standard with a 1.8L engine and a manual transmission or an available upgraded 1.4L turbo engine in the ECO trim level. The standard engine achieved an impressive 36 mpg Highway and the turbo engine delivered an even better 40 mpg Highway creating a remarkable option in the sedan world. With an abundance of head and leg room, it could seat five full-sized passengers with ease. The Bluetooth connectivity, available premium audio system, USB port and remote start system melded together to create an elevated driving experience.
The 2012 production year of the Cruze brought with it some additional standard features, additional fuel efficiency, and award-winning safety features. Power windows and locks, along with keyless entry and StabiliTrak electronic stability control were a few of the newly included standard features that came on the 2012 Cruze. This was also the year that Chevrolet started to offer an additional trim level for added consumer purchase options. Updating the previous year’s LS, LT and LTZ trims by subdividing the LT trim into 1LT and 2LT, and by adding an Eco trim. The new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and upgraded Pioneer Premium Audio system were among some of the updates that the 2013 Cruze included. Once again, for the year 2013, Chevrolet included some additional safety features such as rear cross traffic alert, and an all new traction control system.
Not many cosmetic changes were made for the Cruze in 2014. However, this was the first year that a 2.0L turbo diesel engine was made available. This option allowed consumers to take a big step up in power and performance while also achieving the best fuel economy rating that the Cruze has offered up until this point at 46 mpg Highway.
Sticking with its impeccable engine options from the previous year, in 2015, the Cruze received mostly cosmetic and technological upgrades. Some of these available upgrades included, a 7-inch touchscreen display, rear backup camera, nine-speaker sound system, and voice-control capabilities.
Second Generation (2016 – 2019)
The Cruze received a full redesign inside and out in 2016. It was this year that the V4 gas engine became standard along with connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.
The Hatchback and diesel models were fully available in 2017, however those were the only notable changes for that production year.
The largest change for the Cruze in 2018 was the standard 7-inch MyLink Technology System.
Lastly, the Cruze received a small exterior styling update in 2019. Other than the yearly update of engine technology and power upgrade, there weren't any prominent changes for the Cruze this year.
Time to Choose
Whether you are looking for a simply designed, fuel efficient sedan at a lower price point or more advanced connectivity features for your family car, there is a used Chevrolet Cruze for everyone. For more questions and additional help, come down to Cantin Chevrolet today for all your new and used car buying needs.