The Cruze is a solid and substantial-feeling compact car. Its taut, steady and controlled ride makes it one of the smoothest of the small sedans. Inside, it's also one of the quietest small sedans we'd tested. While gasoline-powered models have lackluster fuel economy, an efficient turbodiesel engine is also available. Inside, the nicely-finished cabin offers roomy front seats.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Cruze is a solid and substantial-feeling compact car. Its taut, steady and controlled ride makes it one of the smoothest of the small sedans. Inside, it's also one of the quietest small sedans we'd tested. While gasoline-powered models have lackluster fuel economy, an efficient turbodiesel engine is also available.

Inside, the nicely-finished cabin offers roomy front seats. Taller drivers have plenty of space up front, but the Cruze is very tight in the rear. Upright styling provides good driver visibility and controls are mostly easy to use. The Cruze also handles well overall, with decent steering feedback.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (138 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Cruze owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Caused by water pump"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump distribution manifold that connects the overflow tank to the water pump, the plastic cracked and would leak under pressure and was getting ready for a major failure that could have resulted in major engine damage or getting stuck on the side of the road"

Steven F., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"Most times when using defrost the system would shut down and give error message 'A/C off due to high engine temp' and the temperature gage would stop working. Several trips to dealer to did not resolve it. After GM advisory, seems to finally be resol"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car simply started to overheat for no apparent reason. Could not find any leaks, whatever"

David G., PA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car quit registering temp, dealer reset module and has been fine sense"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO Unsure)
Water pump

"Water pump was replaced twice so far in life of care. Second time after being stranded by overheated car. Also seems to be resolved after GM advisory letter"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I smelled engine coolant from the heater vents; it was discovered that the water pump was leaking. the dealership replaced it under warranty"

Lori K., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"as result of factory error all the coolant leaked out and caused the engine to overheat and water pump to fail"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Just a recall. No repair"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"New water pump under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Fractured right axle shaft. Recall. Took to dealer and it took one month to get GM parts. Had rental provided by GM"

Jan S., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT Unsure)

"recall from GM covered under warranty - probability of fracturing in use"

Michael C., PA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recall....seems to be the norm with Chevy products these days"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"recall"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Axle recall. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"engine drive would not engage - needed tow to my dealership"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Engine light came on and soon auto was non-functional. Apparently a wire had broken. Service was free under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"There was a leak in the water pump which required replacing"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer replaced the water pump under warranty - I didn't even know it was leaking"

Thomas K., PA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Sounds like a loose shock underbody"

Robert F., MI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car has had multiple squeaks (drivers seat) and rattles (visor, roof liner) that the dealer has been unable to locate and fix"

P B., MN (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind noise when driving above 30mph"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"wind noisestarted recently and is annoying"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Rear sensor module failed twice within a months period"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"sensor behind the "L" rear wheel failed causing interior electrical system to fail"

Patricia U., WI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT Unsure)

"Blind spot detection system failed twice. Costly repair"

Leonard R., MA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This has been out almost as much as its been on they have replaced it 4 times never again will we buy from GM"

William B., MO (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's not that the display screen goes off -- the who radio unit spontaneously turns off. This has happened only a few times, months apart, but more than once. Also, the screen occasionally dims (sound still OK) every once in a while. The dealer blames the lighting conditions, but it goes up and down a couple times, generally when I first go out in the morning"

Todd E., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO Unsure)
Radio

"radio stopped working and no buttons worked, problem went away a couple days later, happened again a couple months later and fixed itself"

Charles W., IA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Car did not shift comfortably causing engine to over rev"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When cold, the shifts are rough in the lower gears. This has not been experienced in other Cruze models we've driven"

P B., MN (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Slips out of D on a hill"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission began leaking small drops from unknown location. Took to deal for repair. Two days later leak returned. Took back to dealer for repair. One month later leak has returned, still need to return to dealer. Not happy with quality of engine o"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transaxle had a torque converter seal replaced"

William D., PA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Driver's door weatherstrip, Part Number 96933439, on body side was twisted/distorted"

Ken M., ON (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The plastic trim on the front keeps coming off. It is pulled off by parking curbs and sometimes just driving. It drags until I get home"

Maryann F., PA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim piece that runs below the driver and passenger door came loose from the clips - not quite sure how. Dealership put new clips in and reinstalled it for $75"

Gerald P., AR (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"Coolant smell when using the heater. Three trips to the dealer and they still can't fix it. We sold the car"

Michael B., VA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Started loosing refrigerant. Dealership fixed at manufacturers cost"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Blend door stopped working had to take apart dash and fix cheap plastic gears"

Christopher I., MD (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"hinge broke on vanity mirror on driver's side"

Timothy A., FL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"warning lights flashing due to battery going bad. Dealer replaced new battery"

Rodney M., AZ (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The center rear stoplight quit working"

Richard M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Problem was w/ the "brake blade clutch"??? Car would "lurch" slightly when stopped and in gear. Don't feel it was a safety issue as the "lurch" was very slight"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission bucks on the 2nd to 3rd gear shift after a cold restart"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"The car was recalled 3 times and in the shop for a total of 3 months. Many issues including the possible break of the steering system, causing complete loss of control of the car"

Lisa R., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering felt like it was "sticking". After many, many discussions with dealer and finally showing the dealer the dozens of internet postings on the problem, it was fixed. LAST GM CAR EVER"

Robert C., MI (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The car would lose significant amount of power. Then it almost stopped and the check engine light came on. The mechanic said the computer engine was malfunctioning, causing the automatic doors in front of the engine to stop opening. He "re-programmed"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"A car with the low mileage this vehicle has should not have needed belt replacement that was not covered under warranty"

Glenn S., IA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"About rheee or four times since I've owned the car, the trunk has popped open with nobody around. Generally, it's overnight in the carport but it opened once in a parking lot and several items were liberated from the trunk without my permission or (at the time) knowledge. This makes me nervous. The dealer shrugs"

Todd E., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO Unsure)
Windows

"The passenger window regular has failed resulting in the window falling inside the door. In the process of buying new GM part to replace/repair the window. For a relatively new car I would not have expected such a failure"

Steven F., CA (2013 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Regular brake failure

"The brakes have gone very very soft on my wife 2 times and she almost wreaked the car they could not fine the problem had it over a week it worked ok for 4 months then it happen again took it back in and they said it was bad brake lines how do they g"

William B., MO (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"gas smell"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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