The Chevrolet Cruze came to market in 2010, bringing European styling and comfort to the compact car segment. The Cruze has sold remarkably well for being a new nameplate in the market. The Cruze has done this by offering great engine choices with the features its customers are looking for. In 2011 GM made improvements to the Cruze, creating lighter body and fuel efficient engine which came to be the Chevrolet Cruze Eco.
Cruze MPG & Engine
The Cruze offers two gasoline engines, a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine and a turbocharged 1.4-liter ECOTEC. The 1.8-liter engine is used for the Eco trim level that focuses solely on fuel efficiency which nets 22 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
While the 1.8-liter engine produces the same horsepower as the 1.4-liter, it is an anemic and feels unresponsive. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine adds much need power to the Cruze by producing 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. This engine can achieve 24 MPG during city driving and 36 MPG on the highway. The used Cruze for sale with a turbocharged engine is usually more expensive than the naturally aspirated 1.8.
In 2013, Chevrolet announced it was putting a diesel engine in the Chevrolet Cruze. While diesels haven’t been wildly popular in the American market, they are gaining steam and market share. Diesel engines provide efficiency without compromising performance.
The 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the Cruze produces 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine lets the Cruze achieve 27 MPG in the city and an astonishing 46 MPG on the highway, beating out the competition in fuel efficiency.
What makes the Cruze diesel so interesting is that other automakers are watching how the engine sells. If it does well, expect other automakers to jump into the diesel foray to capitalize on the market. It isn’t a crowded segment for diesels, but it can be if the Cruze shows continued growth.
The Cruze is one of the larger cars in the segment and as a result, it offers better interior comfort and trunk space. It also gives the Cruze a beautiful, upscale look. The Cruze’s wheelbase is 105.7 inches, which gives the car a planted and secure feeling. This comes at the cost of weight—the Cruze tips the scale at 3082 pounds. Once inside, the larger car translates into more room. Plus, there is 94.6 cu.ft. of passenger space and 15.0 cu.ft. of trunk space.
Cruze VS Focus
The Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus compete in the same segment, but are aimed at two different car buyers. The Cruze is a more professional and refined car, something someone buys because its practical and under spoken. The Ford Focus is sporty, fun to drive, and a car one would buy because they enjoy driving.
The Focus lacks the refinement the Cruze offers because of its pursuit of performance and sportiness. The Cruze is quiet with a high-quality interior and spacious interior that is nearly a midsize compact. The Cruze is offered as a sedan only, while the Focus comes in sedan and hatchback styles.
The Focus only offers one engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The Cruze offers choices, allowing the customer to get the car they want without buying more or less than what they want. Both offer two transmissions, but the Cruze has six cogs in each gearbox, while the Focus offers a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic.
Written by Anthony Alaniz