The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is offered in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ models--all in just one body style, a 4-door sedan. An ECO model slots between the 1LT and 2LT in pricing, while a new top-of-the-line Clean Turbo Diesel model lands at the top of the lineup.
Each trim level except the top LTZ is offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, but the LTZ is automatic-only. Base LS models are powered by a 138-horsepower, 1.8L Ecotec 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. All LT, LTZ and Eco models include a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that also makes 138 hp, but makes 148 pound-feet of torque in a lower rev range; it's also smoother and earns better mileage, of 26 mpg city, 38 highway with the LT and LTZ, or 28/42 mpg on economy-minded ECO models. ECO models also include a number of functional changes that earn its better mileage--like lightweight alloy wheels, aerodynamic improvements and a taller drive ratio.
The Clean Turbo Diesel has a 2.0L turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine under the hood; it makes 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque--more than some V6 engines. Thanks to an "overboost" function that pushes torque to 280 pound-feet for ten seconds at a time, it can accelerate the Cruze to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. Meanwhile, it earns an EPA highway rating of 46 mpg and it passes the most stringent 50-state emissions standards (Tier 2 Bin 5), thanks to an exhaust after-treatment fluid system. Timing-belt replacement is also extended to 100,000 miles.
The diesel engine is only paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and it includes some of the same upgrades as the Cruze ECO--such as ultra-low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler and the Aero Performance Package and leather upholstery. To provide plenty of cold-cranking power there's an upgraded 800-amp battery and a 140-amp alternator as well as biodiesel-compatibility with blends up to 20-percent biodiesel (B20).
The Cruze is 181 inches long, with a wheelbase of nearly 106 inches, so it's not surprising that this amounts to one of the most spacious compact-car cabins; it almost feels like a mid-size, and there's a big, well-shaped 15-cubic-foot trunk. The twin-cockpit look to the instrument panel is backlit with LEDs, while there are soft-touch materials throughout, plus well-integrated infotainment displays.
Base LS models of the Cruze include cloth upholstery and steel wheels, plus power windows and locks, as well as Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free communication. Cruze 1LT models add a lot of popular features like cruise control, an express-up driver's window, and leather trim for the steering wheel and shift knob. On top of that, the Eco model adds Chevrolet MyLink connectivity (with streaming audio, voice recognition and compatibility with some smartphone audio apps), plus a 7-inch color touch screen and 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels. 2LT models step up to Meridian leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power driver seat. Then at the top of the line, the LTX gets automatic climate control, a rear vision camera, vanity mirrors, heated outside mirrors, fog lamps and keyless entry, among other additions.
A number of packages add even more equipment; for instance the Driver Convenience Package adds vanity mirrors, a rear vision camera and power adjustable mirrors to the 2LT, while a Technology Package can add MyLink to the 1LT. An RS Appearance Package brings a sporty look to either LT or LTZ models, adding rocker moldings, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, and unique fascias, as well as ice-blue backlighting and opaque instrument cluster bezels.
The Cruze includes ten standard airbags, including front knee bags and rear seat-mounted side bags. Add the Enhanced Safety Package and the Cruze comes with features atypical in this class: Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist.
Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink radio AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, includes 7" diagonal color touch-screen display
Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for phone, music and radio; Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible; Gracenote (Playlist+, Album Art); software updatable for radio software and Gracenote database
Enhanced Acoustic Package
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Audio interface, USB port, located in center console
Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack, located in center console
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2014 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM All Access package, with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. With All Access, listen to everything, everywhere, in your car and on your computer, smartphone or tablet. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints
LTZ Interior Appearance includes 2LT Interior Appearance content plus uplevel jeweled instrument panel cluster and chrome trim rings and optic check accent trim on center stack and console
Seat trim, Meridian leather-appointed seats, front and rear
Seats, heated driver and front passenger with 3 warmth settings
Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual recliner
Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding with adjustable head restraints on outboard positions
Armrest, rear center, articulating, with dual cup holders
Console, center with sliding armrest, storage, front and rear 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and dual cup holders
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, located in center console
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke with polar silver accent
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
Oil life monitoring system
Center stack, integrated with ambient LED back lighting
Windows, power with Express-Down on all and driver Express Up
Door locks, power
Key, primary foldable, additional foldable
Remote Keyless Entry
Remote vehicle starter system
Theft-deterrent system with anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer
Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control includes air filter
Rear air ducts, floor mounted
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Glovebox, auxiliary, center dash (Deleted when (UQA) Pioneer premium audio system or (PCJ) Sun, Sound and Sport Package is ordered.)
Cup holders 2 in front center console, 2 in rear seat armrest and 1 bottle holder in each front door panel
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
Lighting, interior dome with theater dimming, dual map lights, illuminated trunk area
Shift knob, leather-wrapped
Convenience hooks, rear
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
Rear Vision Camera display integrated into Chevrolet MyLink radio
Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, front height adjustable
Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger, dual
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats