2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze
MSRP range
$19,620 - $26,120

What’s new

  • 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

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

overall rating

3.5 / 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.

trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of a Chevrolet Cruze Premier Hatchback (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).


The Cruze's performance appeal will largely depend on your commute. Lackluster acceleration on the low end and a mandatory engine stop-start system make it less than ideal for city dwellers. But those who typically traverse twisty roads will be impressed by its excellent handling.


Acceleration from a stop is tepid. The Cruze's turbo engine is more responsive on the highway, making overtaking slower cars a cinch. A 0-60 mph sprint time of 8.1 seconds is a little slower than average in this class. Very hot weather can further sap performance.


The Cruze has a nice, firm brake pedal feel, and the brakes respond as soon as you press the pedal. But they aren't touchy; they're just responsive. The Cruze hatch required 114 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in simulated panic-stop testing. This is average for a compact hatch.


As in most compact cars, the Cruze's steering effort is fairly light, building up gradually as speed increases. The Cruze feels sportier than others thanks to its quick reactions to steering inputs and a little more feedback transmitted through the steering wheel.


The optional 18-inch tires provide good grip, so you can take turns reasonably quickly before the tires begin to howl. Body roll seems to be slightly more prevalent in the hatch than the sedan, but compared to the rest of the class, the Cruze is well-sorted.


The transmission is intent on making those EPA numbers, so expect engine rpm to stay low unless you really mash the pedal. Even when you press past the halfway point, the transmission shifts at a conservative 3,000 rpm. The automatic stop-start system, which can't be defeated, can be annoying.


The ride is comfortable overall, but the seats are far from the best in class. On the climate front, the stop-start mechanism reduces the fan speed when the engine turns off, and the leather seats in our Premier model got swampy during a multihour trip.

seat comfort

The front seats allow plenty of travel for tall drivers, but wider occupants might feel somewhat confined by the narrow seatbacks. There's no lumbar adjustment and the seat belt is not height-adjustable. The padding in the back row is surprisingly firm and the upholstery is pulled taut. Not great.

ride comfort

Even with the largest wheels, the Cruze soaks up broken pavement and minor imperfections. Road bumps or an undulating surface will cause the Cruze to heave, which can be unpleasant. If you prize comfort over sportiness, you can get a lower trim or opt out of the Premier's RS package.

noise & vibration

At highway speeds, wind and engine noise is kept to a minimum, while road noise is present but not overwhelming. There's no wind buffeting when a single window is cracked at speed. A mild shock through the cabin can be felt when the Cruze's stop-start feature turns the engine off and on.

climate control

You'll only really feel the front seats' heating function on the highest setting, and the heated steering wheel barely warms. Crazy that you have to order the Premier trim with an additional package to get automatic climate control, and dual-zone isn't even offered.


The Cruze isn't as roomy as the cavernous Civic, but four adults should sit comfortably without feeling claustrophobic. The small cabin means most controls are within the driver's reach, including the large touchscreen. Drivers of varying heights will be able to find an ideal seating position.

ease of use

The instrument panel gauges are clear and easy to understand. Most of the controls on the center stack are easily within the driver's reach with the exception of the temperature knob. Manual gear-selector buttons are awkwardly located on top of the shifter.

getting in/getting out

Because of the Cruze's wide door opening, high roof and minimal seat bolstering, it is extremely easy to get into and out of the front seats. The sloping roof makes back-row access a bit more difficult.

driving position

The steering wheel and driver's seat both have a good range of motion, so most people will find an agreeable seating position. The wheel's thumb grips on the 3 and 9 o'clock positions are a smidge too high. The seat bottom doesn't tilt back as much as we'd like, but this is common for this class.


There's plenty of legroom for tall occupants up front, but rear passengers will feel the pinch. That said, short rear armrests allow you to splay legs if necessary. There's enough width to the cabin to keep occupants from rubbing elbows, and there's ample headroom above the outboard seats.


There's good forward and side visibility thanks to a low hood, tall windows and relatively narrow roof pillars. Visibility over the shoulder is decent, too. The rear window isn't very tall or wide, but a standard rearview camera and optional parking sensors help.


With a glossy black trim center console, faux leather surfaces on the dash and contrast-color stitching throughout, the Cruze's cabin looks and feels premium. Excessive chrome trim can be blinding in the bright sun, and our tester had developed creaks. Not great for a car with 2,000 miles on it.


The Cruze hatch's cargo area is 7 cubic feet larger than the sedan's, and the total volume is class-competitive. The cargo area's tall liftover height is disappointing if you're trying to load heavy objects. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to store small items inside.

small-item storage

The storage cubbies in each door can hold a water bottle and a few small items. There are two typical-size cupholders in the front row and two more in the fold-down rear armrest. The optional wireless charging slot eats up a significant amount of front console storage.

cargo space

With the rear seats in place, cargo volume measures 22.7 cubic feet; fold down the seats and the volume increases to 47.2 cubes. These figures are average for the class, but the Cruze's tall cargo liftover height and sunken load floor will make it difficult to load and unload heavy objects.

child safety seat accomodation

Each of the outboard rear seats has a pair of LATCH anchors hidden under clearly marked covers that are easily pushed aside. The three upper anchors are located on top of the rear shelf; you'll have to remove the cargo cover or open the hatch, which tilts the cover, to access them.


Other than the sometimes wonky performance of its voice recognition software, the infotainment system is one of the best in the business. The interface is attractive, uncluttered and, most important, easy to learn and operate. Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is a major plus.

audio & navigation

Chevrolet's infotainment system is exceptionally easy to use. It's quick to react to user inputs, and presets can be programmed with destinations for the navigation system or channels from any radio band. Cycling through favorites using the steering wheel buttons can be cumbersome due to lag.

smartphone integration

Pairing a phone to the Bluetooth system is simple and quick. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality are included on every Cruze, as are an auxiliary input and a USB port.

driver aids

Standard and optional safety features are in line with the rest of the class, which is a testament to how much tech is available in this segment. The Premier-only Driver Confidence II package adds lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise is not offered.

voice control

The infotainment system is good at recognizing names in your phonebook, but it has a hard time understanding street names. Press and hold the voice button for longer, however, and you can do it via Siri or Google Voice on your paired smartphone, either of which generally works better.

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Features & Specs

29 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
30 city / 45 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
29 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
See all 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 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.

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More about the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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 Hatchback Overview

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is offered in the following styles: LS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A), and LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0


3.5 / 5.0

Acceleration3.0 / 5.0
Braking4.5 / 5.0
Steering4.5 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability3.0 / 5.0


3.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration3.5 / 5.0
Climate control3.0 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Ease of use3.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.5 / 5.0
Driving position4.5 / 5.0
Roominess4.0 / 5.0
Visibility4.5 / 5.0
Quality3.0 / 5.0


3.5 / 5.0

Small-item storage4.0 / 5.0
Cargo space3.0 / 5.0


4.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation5.0 / 5.0
Smartphone integration5.0 / 5.0
Driver aids4.0 / 5.0
Voice control3.5 / 5.0
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