Used 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Which Cruze does Edmunds recommend?
We're not fond of the standard 1.4-liter engine, but the significant price premium for the diesel engine, at least when new, makes it hard to justify. As such, it's probably best to get the gas engine in the midrange LT trim. The LT has a decent mix of options yet remains competitively priced. Look for the optional Driver Confidence and Driver Convenience packages to get some extra safety and, yes, convenience features.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- Diesel engine's high upfront cost
- Front seats aren't particularly comfortable
- Mildly updated styling
- All Cruze trims come standard with a 7-inch infotainment system
- Revised feature availability
- Engine stop-start function can now be switched off
- Part of the second Cruze generation introduced for 2016
The Cruze's performance appeal will largely depend on your commute. Lackluster acceleration makes this sedan less than ideal for city dwellers. But those who typically traverse twisty roads will be impressed by its excellent handling.
Given the relative lack of seat adjustments and the forward-angled headrest, it might take some fiddling to feel truly comfortable behind the wheel. The ride is pleasant, even with our tester's 18-inch wheels (the largest the Cruze offers). The engine stop-start system is far from seamless.
The Cruze might be classified as a compact car, but few will find the cabin confining. There's plenty of shoulder room for all outboard passengers. The raised center tunnel limits the usefulness of the narrow middle seat. The controls and gauges are mostly easy to get along with.
Like many compact sedans, the Cruze has a sizable cargo area with a flat load floor and little intrusion from the wheel wells. The 60/40-split rear seats fold down should you need extra space. Inside, there are numerous cubbies for you and your friends to store various small items.
The new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface is attractive, uncluttered and, most important, easy to learn and operate. Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is a major plus.
Most helpful consumer reviews
LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A)
I love my Cruze Diesel. The car is reliable and I love the interior design. Remote start is great to have on snowy day so that when I go out to go to work the car is nice and toasty. Heated car seats and steering wheel are nice features as they loosen up my joints on cold days. The fuel economy is excellent I average about 45 and use my car for ride share and food delivery services so a lot of city driving trips. On a recent trip to Vegas and back I averaged 65.9 on that trip. So no complaints there. Went from Provo to Vegas and back on one tank of fuel. Love it live it love it. The price for the Diesel engine is worth it even though it is more than its gas counterpart the fuel economy rivals hybrids which cost a lot more than the Diesel engine cost of the Cruze. Things I wish they had done better is to put the heater with auto temperature control in the diesel like they do the LT gas version. Would like to have the RS Package more readily available on the diesel version as well. But those are minor issues. Would recommend to family and friends.
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Don't buy this car 700 miles vehicle died dealer said no parts availability GM has not been helping been in rental for 45 days don't by a diesel Cruze or any GM car they have lost a good customer
LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A)
Awesome looks awesome handling diesel engine is way underrated Horsepower and gas mileage increased after 60000 miles I average 40 MPG plus incredible car
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Cruze models:
- 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.