The 2019 Chevy Cruze, with its refreshed looks and updated style, makes its entry in the lineup. General Motors has been manufacturing the Cruze under its Chevrolet brand since 2008, and the car has been consistently on the list of top compact sedans. The Cruze comes in both sedan and hatchback styles.
The 2019 Chevy Cruze comes in five trim levels namely L, LS, LT, Diesel, and Premier. The L model is exclusive to the Sedan while the other trims are available with both the sedan and the hatchback. The engine variation includes the basic 1.4L 4-cyl turbocharged gas engine producing 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque, and the available 1.6 L Turbodiesel engine with 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. off torque. Having an impressive fuel economy of 32mpg combined this car is a great daily driver. The 2019 Chevy Cruze has a starting price of around $17,995 for the sedan and $19,620 for the hatchback.
- A long list of standard features
- Easy to use and convenient infotainment system
- Good fuel economy, especially with the diesel engine
- Good amount of cabin space and cargo capacity
- Performance is subpar
- Poor acceleration, particularly in the gas engine
- Diesel engine has a high upfront cost
What’s new in the 2019 Chevy Cruze?
The 2019 Chevy Cruze has received some updates over its predecessors. These changes include:
- A refreshed exterior styling
- An updated list of standard features
- 7-inch infotainment system standard in all trim levels
- The hatchback option has been made available in all trims except the base L model
- Manual transmission discontinued.
Trims available in the 2019 Chevy Cruze
The 2019 Chevy Cruze comes in five trim levels in total. All the trims come with various standard features, which get better while moving up the level. The 1.4L 4-cylinder engine is standard for all trims except the Diesel model that comes with a more fuel-efficient 1.6L Turbo-Diesel engine. The new Cruze is known for its long list of standard features and controls, and it is well-equipped with a long array of latest technologies.
2019 Chevy Cruze L
- 1.4L Turbocharged engine
- 6-speed automatic transmission
- 10 Airbags
- StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control
- Theft-deterrent system with a theft alarm
- Power-programmable door looks and rear child-safety locks
- Teen-driver technology
- Rear-vision camera
- Infotainment 3 system with 7-inch color display
- 4-speaker sound system
- Remote keyless entry
- Power windows with express-down
- 2 USB ports and AUX jack in the center stack.
- Rear folding seats
2019 Chevy Cruze LT
In addition to the standard features of ‘L’,
- Rear intermittent wiper and washer in the hatchback
- Deluxe 3-spoke steering wheel
- Compact spare tire in the hatch.
2019 Chevy Cruze LS
In addition to or replacing the standard features of ‘LS’, the LT includes:
- LED daytime running lamps and Projector type headlamps
- 16-inch aluminum wheels
- Compact spare type
- Remote vehicle starter system
- SiriusXM Radio with a 3-month trial subscription
- 6-speaker sound system
- Steering wheel mounted cruise control
- Steering wheel mounted controls for audio and phone
- Rear 60/40 split-fold seats, including central fold-down armrest with two cupholders
2019 Chevy Cruze Diesel
In addition to or replacing the standard features of ‘LT’, the Diesel includes:
- 1.6L Turbo Diesel Engine
- 9-speed automatic transmission
- Keyless entry and start
- 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Heated driver’s and front passenger’s seats
2019 Chevy Cruze Premier
In addition to or replacing the standard features of ‘LT, the Premier includes:
- 17-inch aluminum wheels
- Power adjustable, manual-folding and heated body-colored outside mirrors
- Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
- Keyless open and start
- 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Heated driver and front passenger’s seat
- Illuminated driver and front passenger visitor vanity mirrors.
Which 2019 Chevy Cruze We Recommend?
Our recommendation is to go for the LT trim. The Premier is priced decently at around $22,595, which is significantly less than the Diesel model as well as Premier. The LT is the mid-level trim of the Cruze, is priced in a way to offer great value for the money. The LT trim offers an array of features and benefits. The LT has just a perfect combination of all necessary features and premium features. The Premier, which is the top model of the Cruze, on the other hand, comes at a premium of around $2000 and provides several additional features that are more luxurious than useful.
2019 Chevy Cruze Performance
Engine & Transmission
The 2019 Chevy Cruze is neither popular for its performance nor is high on performance. All the models of the 2019 Cruze (except the Cruze Diesel) are equipped with a 1.4L four-cylinder Turbo ECOTEC engine which churns out 153 hp at 5600 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Cruze Diesel, on the other hand, equips a 1.6L 4-cylinder Turbo-Diesel ECOTEC engine, which, combined with the 9-speed automatic transmission, produces 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Both the motors, though pretty smooth, lack any kind of punch as they are basic. Starting from a standstill, it takes a bit of time for the Cruze to move to the top gear. Driving through the city or on highways feels great and its handling is quite good, which gives it a unique character. Moving uphill, it does a good job of staying put on lower gears.
Where the Cruze lags behind its rivals is the acceleration. The acceleration feels slow, and moving from 0 to 60 mph takes around 9.6 seconds. The rivals can do better in this regard. But once it gets moving, the car catches up to its rivals impressively. However, the driving experience could have been significantly improved, had Chevrolet paid attention to the acceleration.
The brakes are also very efficient and stop the car as soon as you press the brake pedal. The pedal is responsive indeed and very firm. The stopping distance for the Cruze is merely around 110 feet while going down from 60 to 0 mph, which is impressive.
Ride & Handling
In terms of handling, the 2019 Cruze performs well. It has a light and a responsive steering wheel that offers smoothness to the handling and makes the car feel well under control. The Cruze feels quite planted while turning and has a good sporty feeling to it. The tires, though a bit noisy for a compact car, provide good grip and balanced handling.
2019 Chevy Cruze Fuel Economy
The 2019 Chevy Cruze has a fuel tank capacity of around 13.7 gal. It has an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy, which is:
- City – 28 MPG
- Highway – 38 MPG
- Combined – 32 MPG
The Cruze has a city cruising range of 384 miles, while in the Highway, it is 521 miles.
2019 Chevy Cruze Interior
Seating & Comfort
The 2019 Chevy Cruze has a very plush-looking cabin, which is both roomy and comfortable for the occupants. What impresses the most is the long list of available features that come as standard. The Cruze has single-zone climate control, which is manual in the lower trims and is automatic in the higher levels. The center console is floor-mounted and comes with an armrest. The steering wheel in the higher trim levels has mounted controls including the electric cruise control. It also has a monochromatic Driver information display. Rear vision camera and Remote Keyless entry are standard in all models of the 2019 Cruze. The Steering Column is tilt and telescopic, and then it is also available as heated and leather-wrapped in the upper trims.
The 2019 Chevy Cruze has a very comfortable set of seats. All the models come with front bucket seats with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints. In the base models, the rear seats are folding with adjustable head restraints for outboard seating positions, while the higher trims have 60/40 split-fold seats in the rear with adjustable head restraints along with a center armrest containing two cupholders.
The driver’s seat is either 6-way manually adjustable or 8-way power-adjustable, depending upon the trim level. Front passenger’s seat is two way manually adjustable, although, in the Cruze premier, a four-way manually adjustable front passenger’s seat is standard. The seats are wrapped in either cloth or leatherette and comes in three color choices.
The Cruze offers a good amount of leg and headroom in the front. The seating is quite comfortable, and long journeys are not arduous. There is also decent rear knee clearance, which makes the entry and exit quite effortless. The center armrest and the center console has many storage options for small items.
The new 2019 Cruze comes with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system as standard with all the trims. The infotainment system comes with a 7-inch full-color display. Smartphones can be easily connected to the system through either Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi having pretty strong signals, the car’s in-vehicle experience is improved further. The higher models like the LT, Diesel, and premier have the SIRIUS XM as standard for three months, which allows you to browse through a wide catalog of music, sports and much more. The mychevrolet Mobile App comes in very handy if one chooses the Remote Access Plan, remote engine start-stop, set parking reminders, or even lock/unlock doors.
The infotainment 3 system is very simple, yet smart. Its ease of use is a plus point. With the steering wheel-mounted controls and efficient voice commands, all the features can be very conveniently utilized. Another important feature of the 2019 Cruze is the Chevrolet ConnectedAccess with 10 years of standard connectivity, which includes vehicle diagnostics and dealer maintenance notifications. The L and LS models have a standard four-speaker sound system, while the upper trims come with a 6-speaker sound system. However, there is also the available Bose premium 9-speaker audio system for an enhanced music experience, present as an option.
The Cruze, being a compact car, is very generous in terms of the cabin space on offer. The seats are quite comfortable and supportive. There is an array of features and technologies involved to make the ride quality even better. And to top it all, the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is very easy to use and efficient in its function.
How Much Will the 2019 Chevy Cruze Cost?
Cost of Ownership
The approximate cost of ownership of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT for 5 years in top five US states have been listed as follows:
|State||California||New York City||Florida||Seattle||Washington|
|True Cost to Own||$19,496||$14,959||$14,474||$14,241||$21,121|
In Addition to these costs, the car’s depreciation value after five years is expected to be around $12,411. Including all, the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze’s cost of ownership for five years comes in the range of $26,000
2019 Chevy Cruze Competition
The competition in the compact car market is fierce, and the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze faces strong rivalry from Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.
2019 Chevy Cruze vs. 2019 Honda Civic
The 2019 Honda Civic has a redesigned style, and as always, the driving dynamics are excellent. The MSRP of the 2019 Civic starts from around $19,550, which is a bit higher than the starting MSRP for 2019 Cruze is $17,995. In terms of comfort, both cars are impressively comfortable and spacious. But the rear passengers in the Civic will be a bit more relaxed due to an increased rear head and legroom in the Civic. On the other hand, Cruze offers a tad bit more space in the front.
Both the Civic and the Cruze are available in sedan as well as hatchback body styles. The 2019 Cruze has a better fuel efficiency at 28/38 for city/highway, while that of the 2019 Civic is 25/36 for city/highway. The Civic has a more cargo-carrying capacity than the Cruze. In terms of performance, the Cruze has a 1.4L engine churning out 177 lb-ft. of torque and 153 hp, while the 2019 Civic has a 2.0L engine producing 138 lb-ft. of torque and 158 hp.
2019 Chevy Cruze vs. 2019 Mazda 3
The 2019 Chevy Cruze competes well with the Mazda 3. Both the cars are available in two body styles: sedan and hatchback. This car is, however, a bit ahead on performance with its 2.5L 4-cylinder engine producing 186 hp and 186 lb-ft. of torque. But the Cruze is more fuel-efficient, as the Mazda 3 returns an EPA estimated 26 MPG in City and 35 MPG in Highways, which is less than that of the 2019 Cruze.
2019 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a sensible car no doubt and has a very attractive design and cool features. It has a price tag that is a bit higher than the 2019 Chevy Cruze, but in terms of performance, it cannot match the Cruze. The Corolla uses the same engine since 2009, which delivers underwhelming performance, poor acceleration, and disappointing drive quality. On the contrary, the Cruze has a very good driving experience undoubtedly.
The interior of the 2019 Cruze is also more spacious and comfortable than that of the Corolla. Most of the cabin materials in the Corolla feels cheap. The fuel economy of the Corolla is also quite poor as compared to its rivals in the segment.
Overall, the 2019 Chevy Cruze stands out well among its competitors in the Market.
What Do We think about the 2019 Chevy Cruze?
The 2019 Chevy Cruze is a very promising compact car and is a real value for the money it commands. The attractive part is the Cruze Diesel, which comes with a diesel engine for increased fuel economy. The Cruze has an impressively comfortable and spacious interior, which is laden with a wide variety of modern features. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is another plus for the Cruze. So if you are looking for a luxurious compact car with good ride quality & driving experience and comes at a reasonable price, then the new 2019 Chevy Cruze may be just the perfect option to go for.
Karan Harit has been writing quality content for a variety of online sources over a span of more than 3 years. His background in Mechanical Engineering makes him a specialist in many fields of science, but automobiles are his primary preference. Karan has an excellent knowledge base of tuners and exotics alike. He has also worked on various projects that involve modifying and designing cars, from Honda Civics to VW Golfs.