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Key Specs

of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31-37 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    153-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Smooth, refined gas engine
  • Unobtrusive engine stop-start system
  • Cabin comfort
  • Materials quality
  • Estimated gas mileage

The Bad

  • Gas engine feels sluggish when cruising at 55 to 60 mph
  • Occasional abrupt shift from automatic transmission
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Only one standard USB port
  • Automatic emergency braking not part of collision warning system
  • Less effective climate control when engine is in auto-stop mode
2018 Chevrolet Cruze exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Hatchback, diesel models available
  • Turbo four-cylinder gas engine standard
  • MyLink 7-inch radio system standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car with a standard turbocharged gas engine, available in sedan and hatchback body styles. A turbo-diesel engine is available. The Cruze competes with the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.

New for 2018

The turbo-diesel engine is now available for the Cruze hatchback.


Latest 2018 Cruze Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

great economical car

by troykevin from waterford ,ny on July 12, 2018

great comfort and fuel economy , great on long trips lots of leg room front and rear. would recommend to others as a great value. thanks Read full review

(5.0)

Pretty Good

by Lovey from Washington DC and Maryland on July 12, 2018

Great gas, excellent on road, low head space, price ok. Had 7.5 interest loan had to haggle from $469 payment for 72 months received good deal. Has USB only; would like if XM can be installed. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker