2019 Chevrolet Cruze
- Mildly updated styling
- All Cruze trims come standard with a 7-inch infotainment system
- Revised feature availability
- Part of the second Cruze generation introduced for 2016
- Feels sporty and planted around turns
- Touchscreen interface is easy to use
- Available diesel-powered engine for high fuel economy
- Engine stop-start cannot be disabled
- Front seats aren't particularly comfortable
- Diesel engine's high upfront cost
- Gas engine's disappointing acceleration and real-world fuel economy
2019 Chevrolet Cruze pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Cruze does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Chevrolet hopes a fresh new look will entice buyers to take a look at the 2019 Cruze. It has features that buyers in the compact class want, such as smartphone mirroring through a fast-acting 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, solid crash test scores and enjoyable handling. The Cruze is also available as a sedan or a hatchback and can be fitted with a fuel-efficient diesel engine, which is distinctive for this class of car.
But certain aspects of the Cruze have kept it as the perennial second string to segment leaders Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Mazda 3. The Cruze's engine choices are the main drawback. The base engine lacks punch, and its automatic engine stop-start system can get annoying and can't be turned off. The diesel engine is preferable from a driving standpoint, but it's a costly option with questionable value from a gas-savings standpoint.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan or hatchback. Available trims include L (sedan only), LS, LT, Diesel and Premier. The L and the LS are pretty light on features. The LT is better, though you'll still need to get a couple option packages to equip it with some desirable safety features. The Diesel and the Premier get most of the Cruze's features.
Powering most Cruze trims is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
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, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system with two USB ports, OnStar (with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot), a rearview camera, a 7-inch central touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration.
Much more common is the LS, which is similarly equipped but adds a front center armrest and carpeted floor mats. An LS Convenience package adds cruise control, 16-inch wheels and steering wheel-mounted controls.
We think you'll be happier with the LT. It comes with the above as standard plus upgraded headlights with LED running lights, a rear center armrest with cupholders, a rear USB port and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. You can also get more features through a couple of packages. An optional Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Convenience package (requires the Driver Confidence package) includes keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat.
The Diesel is similar to the LT with its optional features. It's powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel (137 hp, 240 lb-ft) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. An optional Preferred package bundles simulated leather upholstery with a heated steering wheel.
The Cruze Premier gets most of the above plus 17-inch wheels, an upgraded rear suspension, chrome exterior accents, ambient interior lighting and illuminated vanity mirrors.
Both the LT and the Premier offer an RS Appearance package, with 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 and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. The Driver Confidence II package, offered only on the Premier, adds automatic high-beam headlight control, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation5
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.
Chevrolet Cruze vs. the competition
2019 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Cruze vs. Chevrolet Malibu
City drivers will prefer the Cruze's smaller footprint and tighter turning radius, but the Malibu's larger interior cabin will benefit rear passengers. Interestingly, the Cruze hatchback has more cargo room than the Malibu. The Cruze's available diesel engine will be of interest to drivers who operate primarily on the highway, while the Malibu's available hybrid powertrain will benefit city drivers.
Chevrolet Cruze vs. Ford Focus
Both models are available in either hatchback or sedan form. They share similar exterior and interior dimensions, though rear passengers in the Focus will have to deal with less legroom. The Cruze's smaller engine doesn't make as much horsepower as the Focus', but it gets better economy.
Chevrolet Cruze vs. Kia Forte
Although the interior and exterior dimensions are very similar, that's all that the Cruze and Forte share. The Cruze has tighter handling, while the Forte's engine is more powerful, though at the expense of fuel economy. You can get more features for your money with the Forte, and Kia also offers a few that Chevy doesn't (such as dual-zone climate control and ventilated front seats). Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Kia Forte.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze for Sale
The 2019 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 a 7-inch touchscreen display. The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 153 horsepower is unremarkable, but it has enough 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 more 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. 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's seat. The LT and the Premier can also be equipped with an RS Appearance package and a Sun and Sound package.
While most of the competition offers varied body types, the Cruze is distinctive in its offering of a diesel engine. It gets great fuel economy — around 50 mpg — but a lot of that fuel-saving cost is offset by the engine's higher cost.
Overall, the Cruze is a fine offering for a small sedan or hatchback, though you might find some rivals to be more compelling overall. When you're ready to buy, let Edmunds guide you to the perfect Cruze.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze Overview
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), L 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A), LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze and all its trim types. 0 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 2019 Cruze.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 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 2019 Chevrolet Cruze?
2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A)
The 2019 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 $26,535. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) is trending $4,685 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,685 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,850.
The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) is17.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 11 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2019 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 $22,635. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,419 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,419 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,216.
The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is19.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 12 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2019 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 $20,035. The average price paid for a new 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,544 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,544 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$15,491.
The average savings for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is22.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 20 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 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.