The biggest selling point of the all-new Chevy Cruze is its fresh look. The Cruze will certainly grab the attention of many potential buyers just like an orangutan grabs a banana. Compact car enthusiasts will love that it comes with most of the things that they look for in this class, some of them include an enjoyable handling, solid crash test scores, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring through a highly sensitive 7-inch touchscreen. It comes as a hatchback or sedan, and it has a distinctive fuel-efficient diesel engine. However, it still trails segment leader Honda because of certain aspects.
Should we expect anything new?
For 2019, the Cruze comes with a mid-cycle update that comes with updated technology, restyled wheels, front-end styling, a new Chevrolet Infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and LED signature lighting. Unlike last year, it also has a raft of collision-avoidance gear. It has an updated fascia and grille.
What is under the hood?
The new 2019 Chevy Cruze was introduced in 2016 as part of the second generation of the Cruze. This gorgeous little car is offered in Premier, LT, LS, and L trim levels. You can get this car as a hatchback or sedan. It is driven by a 137 hp turbodiesel engine that has a capacity of 1.6L; it makes 240 lb-ft, and it works with 9- or 6- speed automatic transmissions. It also comes with a turbo-4 gas engine with a capacity of 1.4 liters; it delivers 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Chevy has gotten rid of 2018’s manual transmissions due to slow sales.
What are the highs and lows of the new Cruze?
The 2019 Chevy Cruze has many advantages: it has high fuel economy thanks to its diesel-powered engine and a user-friendly touchscreen interface. We also love that it feels planted and sporty around turns. On the negative side, the gas engine has a real-world fuel economy and disappointing acceleration, it is impossible to disable the engine stop-start, and it has a high upfront cost for its diesel engine. We also feel that the front seats lack something in terms of comfort.
How safe should I feel in the Chevy Cruze?
The new Cruze has fixed one of the biggest weaknesses it had in 2018: it now comes with automatic emergency braking. If the Cruze was a boxer, then it would be Tyson Fury who has made a huge comeback and is set to face WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. The IIHS hasn’t completed its test on this car, but most new cars get a perfect score. However, it has performed well in side impact and moderate overlap frontal tests. It comes with a Driver Confidence II package, but you will have to spend some more cash to get it because it is only available in the range-topping Cruze Premier. The package features active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights and automatic emergency braking. The 2019 Chevy Cruze also offers rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward automatic braking when at a low speed, rear vision camera, lane change alert, and rear park assist.
What do we think about the 2019 Chevy Cruze?
The truth is that the Cruze will have a hard time battling the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla but we feel that it is one of the market’s most competent compact cars. Its features can match with most of its rivals. The facelift is very timely, and just like the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, Chevy will seduce many buyers with its sexy looks. This fresh look should be enough to see it through until the next redesign.
Who is this car made for?
The 2019 Chevy Cruze is made for you if you are shopping for a small hatchback or sedan that offers a comfortable ride quality and the image of a larger car. In fact, it is the only choice you have if you want a diesel engine to power your new compact car.