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2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Thursday, January 10th 2013. | Chevrolet

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is a mission well accomplished for General Motors. Not only does it command presence on the road for its gainly exterior, its performance is also at par with its rivals in the compact car category.

The 2013 Cruze offers a choice between two powertrains: a turbocharged ECO 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The 1.8 produces 138 horsepower and 125 lb-feet of torque, while the optional turbocharged 1.4 packs the same 138 horsepower with an increased 148 lb-feet of torque. It is available either in a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Another upgrade from the previous Cruze models is the 2013 Cruze’s fuel economy. The estimated fuel economy for the automatic transmission is at 25/36 city/highway mpg, and a combined rating of 29 mpg, while the manual transmission has around 22/35/27 mpg. It also comes with an electric-assist power steering, which further enhances fuel economy.

The driving dynamics don’t disappoint. The Cruze is a pleasant, smooth, and quiet ride—as the previous models are.
While most manufacturers cut costs in the interiors of compact cars, Chevrolet obviously paid a lot of attention in styling the 2013 Cruze’s interior. Chevy’s efforts paid off, as the Cruze’s interior looks topnotch, besting most cars in its class in terms of design and execution. With quality materials and a touch of leather here and there, the 2013 Cruze is looking tight and handsome.

Inside, the Cruze feels like a mid-sizer and can even pass as a family vehicle. The passenger seats at the front are comfortable enough and leave enough room for adjustment. The backseat is spacious enough for two people, and can even seat as many as three passengers. With excellent legroom both at the front and backseat (as long as the front seats are not fully extened), it’s clear that seating comfort is one of the strongest points of this compact car.
A wide stance, aggressive hood, and big wheels—this is what makes the 2013 Chevy Cruze look bigger than its rivals. Offered in four trim levels—the LS, Eco, LT, and LTZ—the Cruze has a sporty and distinctive look for a compact car. The standard equipment include 16-inch steel wheels, fog lamps, power sunroof, and an RS Appearance Package.
Since its initial entry in 2011, the Cruze has been a consistent top pick in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star performer in federal crash tests. There’s every reason to believe that the Cruze will carry on this feat with its 2013 model: standard safety equipment include antilock brakes, stability control, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, front and rear side airbags, front-disc/rear-drum brake setup, and four-wheel disc brakes. And yes, you counted that right, there are ten standard airbags in this compact car all in all. Another breakthrough in its safety features is the OnStar emergency system, which sends out an automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlocking system, and on-demand roadside assistance.

The suggested retail price for the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS starts at $18,000, with the LT coming close at $19,500. The Eco model is pegged at $18,000, and the top-of-the-line LTZ starts at $24,00 to $28,000.

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