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2013 Chevy Cruze LT

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Review

(0 Stars)  Finally, a good small car from General Motors.

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New For 2013
MyLink now includes Bluetooth streaming audio, voice recognition for the radio and select phones, and Pandora, Stitcher, and Gracenote capability. A seven-inch touchscreen display is standard. There are four new option packages, including the enhanced safety package with rear park assist, side blind-zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Overview
The Cruze is a solid effort that stacks up well in the highly competitive small-car class, which recently has seen all-new or heavily refreshed cars from Honda (Civic), Hyundai (Elantra), and Ford (Focus) added to its ranks. Where the Cruze really shines is inside. Its cabin is user-friendly, attractive, and nicely trimmed and comes in a close second to that of the class-leading Elantra. Under the hood, the Cruze offers a choice of two 138-hp engines. The base 1.8-liter four is adequate, but we’d recommend stepping up to the optional turbocharged 1.4-liter. That in-line four—exclusive to the North American market—is lively around town and moves the Cruze effortlessly at highway speeds. Either engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. To compete with the fuel-economy ratings of its competitors, Chevy has managed to eke out another 2 mpg from the turbo engine when paired with the automatic, for a rating of 26/39 mpg. The Eco version sheds a few pounds with lighter-weight parts, aerodynamic aids, and low-rolling-resistance tires to achieve 39/42 mpg highway (auto/manual). Although the Cruze has some shortcomings—light but somewhat artificial steering feel is its most egregious—its excellent interior, quiet ride, good body control, and supple suspension make it a legitimate contender in the small-car segment.

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2013 Cruze LT Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 1.4L Ecotec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 26 MPG city, 38 MPG highway, 30 MPG combined and 468 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm; 148 ft lb of torque @ 1,850 rpm

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'13 Chevy LT Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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