2018 Chevrolet Cruze
- Feels sporty and planted around turns
- Touchscreen interface is easy to use
- Available diesel-powered engine for high fuel economy
- Gas engine's disappointing acceleration and real-world fuel economy
- Engine stop-start cannot be disabled
- Front seats aren't particularly comfortable
2018 Chevrolet Cruze pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Cruze does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The Cruze is a popular sedan for Chevrolet, and the company is doing its best to keep it competitive against some equally popular rivals. Just last year, Chevy introduced the Cruze hatchback, which offers more cargo-carrying versatility than the sedan, and a new diesel-powered engine that can get more than 50 mpg on the highway. This year, you can combine both — Chevrolet is offering a Cruze hatchback diesel for the first time.
Continuing on are some of the Cruze's core strengths, such as an appealing mix of technology and safety features, a premium-looking cabin, and a ride quality that is both sporty and comfortable. At the same time, though, there are some great small sedans and hatchbacks out right now. The Honda Civic, which was redesigned two years ago, is one of the best small cars on the market. The Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3 are also compelling alternatives if you want something with more sport or technology. Overall, we like the Cruze but suggest you also check out a few of these top rivals before making a final decision.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan or hatchback. The sedan is available in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels, while the hatch comes in LT and Premier only. The diesel engine is only available as the LT Diesel trim in either body type. Powering most Cruze trims is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque).
The L is only available to dealers through custom ordering. Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, air-conditioning, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker audio system with a USB port, OnStar (with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot), a rearview camera, and a MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch central touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available.
Much more common is the LS, which is similarly equipped but adds a front center armrest and carpeted floor mats. It can also be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a range of dealer-installed options.
Our recommended trim, the LT, steps up to 16-inch alloy wheels, upgraded headlights with LED running lights, heated mirrors, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted phone and audio controls, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Hatchback models also get a cargo cover and rear spoiler. A charge-only USB port is added to models equipped with the automatic transmission, while manual-equipped models have a front armrest with a sliding feature.
For the LT, the optional Convenience package adds keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat and remote engine start (with the automatic transmission).
The LT Diesel is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel (137 hp, 240 lb-ft) and adds the contents of the Convenience package minus remote start. The available Leather package adds a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery and a height-adjustable front passenger seat.
The Cruze Premier gets everything above plus 17-inch wheels, an upgraded rear suspension, chrome exterior accents, ambient interior lighting and illuminated vanity mirrors.
Both the LT and Premier offer an RS Appearance package (foglights, a rear spoiler, a sport body kit and 18-inch wheels for Premier models) and a Sun and Sound package that includes a sunroof, a color driver information center, ambient interior lighting, a larger 8-inch center touchscreen display and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. A navigation system is additionally available for this package on the Premier.
The LT and Premier are also eligible for the Driver Confidence package, which consists of rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Driver Confidence II package, offered only on the Premier, adds automatic high-beam headlight control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning and intervention.
The Driver Confidence, Sun and Sound package, offered only on the LT Diesel with the automatic transmission, combines the contents of the Sun and Sound package with the Driver Confidence package. The Premier-exclusive Enhanced Convenience package throws in an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, heated rear outboard seats, wireless personal device charging and a 110-volt, household-style power outlet.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation5
Most helpful consumer reviews
2018 Chevrolet Cruze video
I'm Travis Langness, Edmunds editor. And this the Expert Rundown of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The Chevy Cruze gets a new hatchback body style this year. And it comes with a bunch of parental watchdog features, like a teen driver mode. Otherwise, it's unchanged since last year's complete redesign. One of our gripes with the 2017 Chevy Cruze is the standard 1.4-liter engine. Unfortunately, there's no upgrade. And the standard engine isn't very powerful either, making the Cruze one of the slower vehicles in the class. There's also an intrusive engine stop-start feature that can't be disabled. We do like a couple of things about the Cruze, though, like the attractive cabin, especially with the two-tone color scheme, and the fact that there's lots of rear seat legroom and headroom, even for adults. It's also got lots of appealing convenience and technology features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The bottom line about the Chevy Cruze, it's a great car if you just need basic transportation and if you like a nice cabin. But some of our favorites in the class are the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic. So be sure to check those leaders out. Go to YouTube and check out more of the Edmunds Expert Rundowns.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Expert Rundown
Looking for a small sedan with a surprising amount of room for you and your passengers? The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Cruze safety features:
- Teen Driver system
- Monitor your young driver with alerts for exceeded speed limits. Can mute audio until all occupants are belted.
- OnStar Crash Response
- Contacts emergency response in the case of an accident, even if you are incapacitated.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Warns you if someone is crossing your path of travel when in reverse. Perfect in parking lots.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze for Sale
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze offers buyers a pleasing selection of trims, body types and engines. For starters, even the very basic, no-option L trim still comes with 10 airbags, a rearview camera and 7-inch touchscreen display. It only comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine has midrange power to get you moving.
The LS is more readily available, and while it only adds floor mats and a center armrest to the L configuration, it's available with a six-speed automatic transmission and various dealer-installed exterior and interior options to make the car more livable.
The LT hits the sweet spot in price and function, which is why it's available in the most configurations. You can get either the gasoline or diesel options, manual or automatic transmission, and in both sedan and hatchback body styles. They all come with 16-inch wheels, cruise control, six-speaker audio system, and steering wheel controls for phone and audio.
Finally, the top-trim Premier receives a sportier rear suspension system, 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, and interior ambient lighting.
In terms of options, a Convenience package is available for LT trims, and is recommended thanks to its heated front seats, keyless capability and eight-way power driver seat. The LT and Premier can also be equipped with an RS Appearance package and a Sun and Sound package. The Sun and Sound includes a larger 8-inch center display and nine-speaker audio system. If you want built-in navigation, you'll have to get this package in order to unlock the option, but with the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, we feel it's not a must-have option.
While most of the competition offers differing body types, only the Cruze is available in both gasoline and diesel. Combined with its high level of standard technology features, the Cruze, in all of its variations, is worth a look. When you're ready to buy, let Edmunds guide you to the perfect Cruze.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is offered in the following submodels: Cruze Hatchback, Cruze Sedan, Cruze Diesel. Available styles include LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A), LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), L 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), and LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Cruze 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Cruze.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Cruze featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Cruze?
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,255. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,641 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,641 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,614.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is30.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,365. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,632 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,632 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,733.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is34.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,440. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,123 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,123 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,317.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is30% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,310. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) is trending $7,890 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,890 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,420.
The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) is30% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Which 2018 Chevrolet Cruzes are available in my area?
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.