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2013 Chevrolet Cruze

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$4,777 — $12,221 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
27-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Roomy cabin and trunk
  • Higher-quality interior
  • Choice of transmissions
  • Built in U.S.

The Bad

  • No coupe or hatchback
  • Drum rear brakes
  • Eco model not cheap
2013 Chevrolet Cruze exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze
  • New entertainment and safety packages
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • 10 airbags
  • High-mileage Eco model

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s compact car. It has room for up to five people, and competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

(Skip to details on the: Cruze Eco)New for 2013
The MyLink entertainment system is available. A new Enhanced Safety Package bundles blind spot monitoring, rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Exterior
The Cruze is sold only as a sedan, as opposed to some of its competition that offers multiple body styles. The Cruze’s styling isn’t daring, but it’s distinctive in this class. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available RS Appearance Package with unique body pieces and a rear spoiler

Interior
Interior choices include interesting rough-hewn woven trim or more conventional leather-style appliqués on the dashboard and door panels. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, power windows and power locks
  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system
  • Available MyLink entertainment system
  • 15.4-cubic-foot trunk

Under the Hood
The Cruze is offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines: a 1.8-liter and an optional turbocharged 1.4-liter. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 125 pounds-fee...

Vehicle Overview

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s compact car. It has room for up to five people, and competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

(Skip to details on the: Cruze Eco)New for 2013
The MyLink entertainment system is available. A new Enhanced Safety Package bundles blind spot monitoring, rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Exterior
The Cruze is sold only as a sedan, as opposed to some of its competition that offers multiple body styles. The Cruze’s styling isn’t daring, but it’s distinctive in this class. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available fog lamps 
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available RS Appearance Package with unique body pieces and a rear spoiler

Interior
Interior choices include interesting rough-hewn woven trim or more conventional leather-style appliqués on the dashboard and door panels. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, power windows and power locks
  • Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system 
  • Available MyLink entertainment system 
  • 15.4-cubic-foot trunk

Under the Hood
The Cruze is offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines: a 1.8-liter and an optional turbocharged 1.4-liter. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 125 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder makes 148 pounds-feet of torque
  • Both engines use regular gas
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic transmission

Safety
The Cruze has 10 airbags standard. In addition to the required front pair, there are seat-mounted side-impact airbags for all four outboard seats, curtain airbags to cover the side windows on both sides and front knee airbags. The knee airbags protect the occupants’ legs and help prevent them from sliding forward, which would make the other restraints less effective. Additional safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available backup camera

Cruze Eco
The Eco is a high-mileage version of the Cruze whose modifications improve upon the car’s already respectable fuel economy without adding as much cost as a hybrid system would. However, the Eco is based on a higher Cruze trim level and uses the turbo 1.4-liter engine, so it’s nicer than a stripped-down version, but correspondingly not super cheap. The Cruze Eco gets an EPA-estimated 28/42 mpg city/highway when fitted with a six-speed manual transmission.

The Eco’s efficiency provisions include different gearing, lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires and numerous aerodynamic treatments, including a lower grille with shutters that close at higher speeds. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
179 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

My favorite color on any vehicle I've owned.

by BRANDOCommando from Lafayette, IN on September 11, 2019

The interior design is slick but the backseat could use a makeover. Well, at least more legroom in my opinion. I like the blue glow from the speedometer/accelerometer whilst in the backseat. Read full review

(5.0)

Economical Quality Car

by Narhan from Ingleside on September 3, 2019

This is a nice, basic car that meets my transportation needs. As a bigger person (6'5" and over 275 lbs), I fit very well in the driver's seat, passenger seat, and even in the back with plenty of ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cruze received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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