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.
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Is the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze safe? The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 4.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
What options are available on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze?
Available Chevrolet Cruze 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan, Hatchback, Diesel
Available Trims: LT, 1LT, LS, 2LT, LTZ, Premier, Eco, LT Fleet, Diesel, L
Exterior Colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black Granite Metallic, Red Hot, Tungsten Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Blue Ray Metallic, Kinetic Blue Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Arctic Blue Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic, Graphite Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Pepperdust Metallic, Black, Rainforest Green Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, Orange Burst Metallic, Ice Blue Metallic, Autumn Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Blue Granite Metallic, Autumn Bronze Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic, Taupe Gray Metallic, Victory Red
Interior Colors: Jet Black cloth, Jet Black premium cloth, Jet Black leather, Jet Black/Medium Titanium premium cloth, Dark Atmosphere/Medium Atmosphere cloth, Medium Titanium premium cloth, Cocoa/Light Neutral leather, Jet Black/Sport Red premium cloth, Brownstone leather, Dark Atmosphere/Medium Atmosphere leather, Brownstone premium cloth, Jet Black/Kalahari leather, Jet Black/Brick leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Post-collision safety system, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Mobile Internet, Back-up camera, Power Driver Seat, Remote Start, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Leather Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Stereo, Parking sensors, Auto Climate Control, Upgraded Engine, Blind Spot Monitoring, Navigation, Lane Departure Warning
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded, diesel
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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