Chevy cruze hatchback rs specs

Chevy cruze hatchback rs specs DEFAULT
Clean Retail Price

The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.

5-Year Cost to Own / Rating
$17,995$17,324$27,235 / Average
$17,995$17,324$27,235 / Average
$19,120$18,124$27,636 / Average
$19,620$18,249$28,278 / Average
$21,720$19,049$29,540 / Average
$22,120$19,824$29,638 / Average
$23,520$21,274$31,322 / Average
$24,020$21,599$31,743 / Average
$25,620$22,899$33,470 / Mediocre
$26,120$23,074$33,896 / Mediocre

5-Year Cost to Own



  • Offered in sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Efficient turbodiesel engine option


  • The turbodiesel lacks refinement
  • Inconsistent interior build quality
  • Emergency automatic braking only available on the top Premier trim

Chevrolet Cruze Expert Review

Michael Cantu

Chevrolet refreshed the Cruze with a redesigned front end as well as new wheel designs, interior colors, and restyled taillights. The standard 7.0-inch touchscreen now displays the brand's updated infotainment system and the RS trim gets black window moldings, emblems, and wheels.

The Cruze sedan and hatch are positioned in the middle of Chevrolet's passenger car lineup, above the Spark and Sonic, but below the larger Malibu and Impala.

2019 Cruze L: The Cruze's base L trim is only available on the sedan and includes 15-inch steel wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports, and OnStar with Chevrolet connected services.

2019 Cruze LS: The LS trim is offered on the sedan and hatchback, and adds automatic start/stop and floor mats.

2019 Cruze LT: Building off the Cruze LS' features, the LT adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system (up from 4), cruise control, LED daytime running lights, a remote engine starter, two additional USB ports, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

2019 Cruze Premier: The top Premier trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, proximity key with push-start ignition, upgraded rear suspension, leatherette upholstery, and LED-accented taillights.

2019 Cruze Diesel: The Cruze Diesel comes in one nicely equipped trim that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, proximity key with push-start ignition, a remote engine starter, and the Driver Confidence package which includes rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.

The RS package, available on the LT, Premier, and Diesel hatchback models (not on the Diesel sedan), includes 17-inch black wheels (18-inch on the Premier and Diesel hatchback), a sporty body kit (front and rear fascias and rocker panels), fog lights, black interior and exterior Chevy bowties, a rear spoiler, RS badging, black beltline moldings, and upgraded rear suspension.

The front-drive 2019 Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo-four engine that produces 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and delivers an EPA-rated 28/38 mpg with the six-speed automatic (28/37 mpg for the Premier hatchback) and 30/38 mpg with the optional CVT (limited production, only on fleet vehicles). The Cruze Diesel uses a 1.6-liter turbodiesel I-4 engine that churns out 137 hp and 240 lb-ft and is rated at 31/48 mpg for the sedan and 30/45 mpg for the hatchback.

The 2019 Cruze earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and received the highest rating of Good for the moderate overlap front and side crash tests from the IIHS. For the front crash prevention test, the Cruze got the lowest rating of Basic for warning the driver of a possible collision (the Cruze's new low-speed emergency automatic braking was not tested). Driver-assist packages include the Driver Confidence package (rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert) and the Driver Confidence II package (low-speed emergency automatic braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams).

The standard Teen Drive feature allows owners to keep track of a driver's driving habits and set driving restrictions. OnStar Safety and Security (part of OnStar with Chevrolet Connected services) offers features like automatic crash notification and roadside assistance.

The Chevrolet Cruze sedan can hold 14.8 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk (13.9 for the LT and Premier trims) and the hatchback can hold 22.7 behind the rear seats and 47.2 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 42.0 and 36.1 inches, respectively (for sedan and hatchback models).

The 2019 Cruze's standard tech includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with an updated infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and OnStar with Chevrolet Connected services. The LT trim adds two additional USB ports and Sirius XM satellite radio. A proximity key with push-start ignition is standard on the top Premier trim. The optional upgraded audio system is a nine-speaker Bose unit.

In a First Test review of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel hatchback, we liked the hatch's quick-shifting transmission, efficient engine, comfortable ride, spacious rear seats, and standard tech. But we did not care for the loud and unrefined diesel engine that causes lots of vibration and the rough, undefeatable auto start/stop system. We had issues with some cheap interior components but the infotainment system was easy to use.

We concluded by saying, "At $31,765, our 2018 Chevrolet Cruze TD hatchback tester is expensive. That gets you better fuel economy than the gas-powered version, but you also lose out on active safety tech... Is it worth it? Not really," we said. "You get a smooth ride and plenty of torque, but the Cruze TD is no quicker than the gas-powered model, and you get fewer features while paying quite a bit more," we added.

When we took our 2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS tester for a spin, we complained about the now-discontinued manual shifter but enjoyed the hatchback's comfortable ride and extra cargo space over the sedan. On twisty back roads, the Cruze provides good grip but tends to pitch and roll more than we'd like. At the track, acceleration and braking distance were adequate for the segment.

The infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen was our favorite feature, it's quick and intuitive. We concluded our review by saying, "The hatchback's comfortable ride, torquey engine, spacious back seats, healthy cargo room, good outward visibility, nice interior layout, and attractive looks will make most owners happy." "Just don't let the sheep in wolf's clothing trick you," we continued. "This is a hatchback for those who want a sporty look without the usual rough ride that accompanies sharp-handling hot hatches."

The Cruze placed second in a 2016/2017 Big Test of compact sedans.


What Is The 2019 Chevy Cruze Rs Package

What is the 2019 Chevy Cruze RS Package?
Many of you may have noticed that some Cruze models have RS badges on the front. This has led to many asking about a Cruze RS trim, but there is no RS trim, it’s actually a package. What is the 2019 Chevy Cruze RS package? We will cover all the details including price, features, and more.

Performance features of the Cruze RS
The RS Package on the Cruze doesn’t change the engine, which isn’t a bad thing. Outside of the diesel model, which doesn’t have an RS Package option, the Cruze gives you a powerful 1.4-liter turbo engine that is capable of outputting 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque while still getting up to 28-city mpg and 38-highway mpg.

For some additional performance, the RS Package adds a spoiler to the rear along with a Z-link compound crank rear suspension for improved handling. The RS Package also features a sport body kit that not only looks good but provides improved aerodynamics.

Cruze RS Package exterior changes
With the RS Package you also get black Chevy bowties, red RS badging, and black moldings to go with that sport body kit. The RS Package also adds front fog lamps for better visibility in inclement weather. To top it all off though, the RS Package features machined aluminum wheels with black pockets and a black bowtie center cap.

What Cruze trims is the RS Package available on?
For 2019, the RS Package is available on two trims for the Cruze. These trims are the LT and the Premier. You may be wondering about the sedan or the hatchback specifically, but you have nothing to fear. The RS Package applies to both the hatchback and the sedan models equally.

How much does the Cruze RS package cost?
The RS Package actually has a slightly different cost depending on what trim you pick. That’s because there’s actually a difference in rim size depending between the two trims. The LT trim RS Package sports 17-inch rims and that package adds $795 to the MSRP. The Premier trim RS Package gives you 18-inch rims but costs a little more with $995 added to the MSRP.

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Review

Chevrolet's Cruze continues its path to success with 2019 bringing updated styling and the efficiency of diesel. The second-generation Cruze draws power from either a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder producing 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, or its sought after 1.6-liter turbodiesel counterpart, which lets 137 horses and 240 lb-ft put the Cruze in motion. It takes a lot for a car to stand out in the competitive hatchback segment, especially with the likes of the class-leading Honda Civic and Toyota's reliable Corolla hatch nipping at its heels, but Chevy means business, and the Cruze is a formidable contender intent on leading the pack.

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Cruze Hatchback?

2019 introduces a long list of updates for the Cruze hatch, with the exterior's updated front fascia and grille being most noticeable. Inside, Chevrolet's Infotainment System 3 brings the Cruze up to date with the rest of Chevy's models, while new owners can look forward to the start/stop system having a button to disable it. Automatic climate control appears on the LT and Premier models, while a new Umber color treats the interior to some class. Chevrolet, unfortunately, has removed the option of a manual gearbox in favor of a more laid-back driving experience this year.

Pros and Cons

  • Exceptional infotainment system
  • Frugal diesel model available
  • Great gas mileage
  • Two exciting turbo motor options
  • Capable cargo capacity
  • Optional RS package doesn't improve performance
  • High upfront cost for diesel model
  • Muted steering feedback

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback

2019 Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

TrimEngineTransmissionDrivetrainPrice (MSRP)
LS Hatchback

1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

Front-Wheel Drive

LT Hatchback

1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

Front-Wheel Drive

Premier Hatchback

1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas

6-Speed Automatic

Front-Wheel Drive

Diesel Hatchback

1.6L Turbo Diesel

9-Speed Automatic

Front-Wheel Drive


Cruze Hatchback Exterior

Fresh of a refresh for 2019, the Cruze hatch is easy on the eyes, but still looks sharper and angrier than before thanks to the revised front end. The base trim kicks things off with 15-inch wheels, although 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels are available through the range. Twin-reflector halogen lights feature on the LS trim, with dual-projector halogens as standard on the higher models. The optional RS package adds a touch of performance-inspired styling with an RS bodykit, RS badging, an RS spoiler, and black bowties front and back.

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No stranger to the urban environment it was purposed for, the Cruze's 175.3-inch body sits over a 106.3-inch wheelbase. It's also only 70.5 inches wide, making it an easy fit into parking spaces or the family garage. The Cruze stands 57.7 inches tall, while the front and rear track measures at 60.7 and 61.5 inches wide respectively. The curb weight starts off at 2,917 lbs, with the Premier weighing in at 2,978 lbs and the diesel heaviest, at 3,229 lbs.

  • Length175.3 in

  • Wheelbase106.3 in

  • Height57.7 in

  • Max Width70.5 in

  • Front Width60.1 in

  • Rear Width61.1 in

Exterior Colors

The base model LS features a five-color palette compared to the rest of the range's nine available colors. Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, and Black cover the usual light to dark spectrum on the Cruze, with Red Hot and Oakwood Metallic the two more colorful options available for the base LS trim. Nightfall Gray Metallic and Graphite Metallic jump onto the list for the LT, Premier, and Diesel models, with Kinetic Blue Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat available at a $395 premium for the upper three trims.

Cruze Hatchback Performance

The LS, LT, and Premier trims make use of a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder motor that produces 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels, with no all-wheel-drive options available for the Cruze, unlike the Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza. 0-60mph is dealt with in a swift 7.7 seconds, which is slower than the peppiest Honda Civics, but still one of the better performers in the segment. The diesel trim's 1.6-liter turbo engine boasts 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Its nine-speed automatic favors fuel efficiency over performance in almost every aspect.

Engine and Transmission

The first three trims in the Cruze hatchback lineup make use of a single configuration, namely a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder motor with 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque at its disposal. Its six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission favors efficiency over raw performance, shifting up early in the rev-range and seemingly hesitant to shift back down. Acceleration feels progressive and smooth, but sometimes heavy throttle inputs are met with hesitancy when attempting an overtake.

The diesel trim's 1.6-liter turbo motor does a much better job than its gas rival at delivering both power and efficiency, though its 137 hp may be down on the gas engine's output, the 240 lb-ft of torque is what counts, translating to consistently strong responses when pulling off or attempting an overtake. It's usable torque, which matters more than a few horsepower extra. The diesel engine finds itself paired to a nine-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission which harnesses the motor's potential perfectly, providing ample performance and frugal fuel economy. Nine gears may sound like too many for some, but it allows the diesel mill to remain squarely in the torque band at all times.

  • Engines

    1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 1.6L Turbo Diesel

  • Transmissions

    6-Speed Automatic, 9-Speed Automatic

Handling and Driving Impressions

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze has an attractive exterior and interior design, but that's not all it has going for it. This is a rewarding car to drive too, despite its humble purpose. Steering feedback from the front wheels can feel somewhat muted, however, and could take a few cues from its Spark and Sonic brothers which offer a more direct connection to the road. The suspension offers good bump absorption, without rendering the ride wallowy at all. Being the urban crawler that it is, bumps, potholes and even the most neglected of city roads become bearable at their worst and the ride feels silky-smooth when the tarmac is uncompromised.

The Cruze doesn't offer any options in terms of driving modes. Transmission overdrive is available to lend an extra hand should the need arise, but we found it perfectly adequate as is. There's very little body roll to be found when tasked with a corner slightly faster than intended and overall the Cruze carries a predictable driving dynamic that certainly won't leave anyone feeling disappointed.

Cruze Hatchback Gas Mileage

As if it didn't have enough to gloat about already, the Chevrolet Cruze really steps into its own when it comes to fuel economy. The LS and LT hatches achieve an EPA rated 28/38/32mpg for city/highway/combined cycles from the 1.4-liter turbocharged motor, with the Premier model close on its heels at 28/37/31mpg. Its 13.7-gallon fuel tank capacity nets it 439 miles between refueling. The Diesel model takes things even further with its 30/45/35 mpg ratings and 13.5-gallon fuel tank, which sees you traveling 473 miles before your next stop at the pumps.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity

    13.7 Gallons

  • Fuel Economy

    City/Hwy: 28/38 mpg

* 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback

Cruze Hatchback Interior

The Chevrolet Cruze offers great build quality inside the cabin, instilling a premium experience every time you step inside. The same angled and sloped lines on the exterior find their way into the cabin, with a low-swept dashboard housing the cluster and pushed back arches giving it a spacious feel. The dip in the back window compliments the rest of the large windows, offering plenty of visibility to all corners, with the pillars slim enough to not be intrusive. Sharp vertical air vents feature on either side of the infotainment cluster, with almost triangular outer vents completing the look. A sleek center console brings it all together with one of the best infotainment systems around adding the finishing touch.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Chevrolet Cruze is a five-seater hatchback that nearly hits the nail on the head in terms of seating. Both front seats offer great lateral support with their ergonomic shape and boast 54.9 inches of shoulder room. The Cruze also has 38.9 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom, which make it an easy fit for taller drivers concerned about being cramped behind the wheel. The driver's seat also boasts a wide range of adjustment with an easy-feat driving position. Outboard rear seats sport the same design as the front, though the emphasis is on comfort over the increased support available at the front. At 53.2 inches of rear shoulder room, and 36.1 inches of legroom, the Cruze hatch allows for comfortable trips for three adults.

  • Seating capacity


  • Front Leg Room42.0 in

  • Front Head Room38.9 in

  • Rear Leg Room36.1 in

  • Rear Head Room37.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

At the lower end of the range, the LS and LT trims feature cloth seats in a choice of either straight Jet Black or a blend of Jet Black and a Galvanized color finish. Stepping up to the Premier and Diesel models, leatherette seats feature for the first time, available in Jet Black, Jet Black/Galvanized, or the new Jet Black/Umber color scheme. The entire range makes use of a blend of hard plastics and cloth/leatherette inlays, with padding featured on the most commonly touched surfaces.

Cruze Hatchback Trunk and Cargo Space

The Cruze hatch is superior to its sedan sibling when you need to haul cargo, with 22.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Dropping the 60/40 split rear seats sees that space open up to an ambitious 47.2 cubic feet. If you are willing to leave rear passengers at home, it will take a full load of camera gear with ease. The trunk's low lift-over height, paired with its receded wheel arches, make it a practical fit for everyday urban life.

Inside the cabin, two cupholders feature in the center console with two small storage compartments above and below, as well as bottle holders in both the front and rear doors. Cruze hatches of the LT trim and higher feature a fold-down armrest with two more cupholders at the rear, too.

  • Maximum Cargo Space

    47.2 ft³

Cruze Hatchback Infotainment and Features


Features are plentiful across the entire range of Cruze trims, with the base model feeling anything but basic. Power windows and door locks, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, single-zone climate control, and Teen Driver Technology are present. There is a monochromatic driver information center display, tilt and telescopic steering column, six- and two-way manual adjustable driver and front passenger seats on the LS trim, with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat on higher trims. You also get climate control, cruise control, remote vehicle start, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats available on the higher trims. The addition of a sunroof remains an optional extra, however, and only for the highest three trims.


Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 System is impressive and with the 2019 model year refresh of the Chevrolet Cruze, it now features the up-to-date system as standard. AM/FM stereo and SiriusXM satellite radio streaming take care of the basics, while Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth take care of connectivity options. Two USB ports and a single auxiliary port feature at the front for a more analog user experience, while built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi offers a more complete connectivity offering from the Cruze. Six speakers flood the cabin with sound, while no native navigation is available in any trim or spec. An uprated Bose nine-speaker system is left purely as optional for the three higher trims, too.

Cruze Hatchback Problems and Reliability

The Cruze gets an almost clean pass in terms of recalls, with only a single recall issued for an insufficient coating on the rear calipers, which may lead to gas pockets forming and reduced braking efficiency at the rear. The majority of owners have only reported minor issues, however, leaving the Cruze in good shape. A three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty accompanies the Cruze off the showroom floor, with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain and roadside assistance warranty to match.


  • Basic:

    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

  • Drivetrain:

    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

  • Drivetrain Note:

    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles

  • Rust-Through:

    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles

  • Corrosion:

    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

  • Roadside Assistance:

    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

  • Roadside Assistance Note:

    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles

  • Maintenance Note:

    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Cruze Hatchback Safety

The NHTSA gave the Cruze hatch a clean bill of health, according it with a full five-star overall safety rating and top marks in almost all evaluations. The IIHS hasn't yet tested the hatchback and has only completed partial testing on the mechanically identical sedan, giving it top marks in the side and moderate front overlap crash tests.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

  • Side Crash Rating

  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Chevy takes safety seriously with the Cruze, with features such as a ten-airbag system scattered across the cabin, four-wheel antilock brakes and Teen Driver Technology to monitor younger drivers and their driving behavior. There is also StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control and an engine immobilizer on the base trim. The Diesel model features rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert as standard, with the more extensive active safety features left as optional.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback a good car?

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is a fantastic car, with its premium-feel interior, turbocharged motors, and exceptional fuel economy making the compact hatch a compelling argument against its rivals. With an extensive list of features, even at a base level, buyers would be hard-pressed to want more from this versatile hatchback. Practicality is also one of its many benefits, and if the rest of the Cruze makes a strong enough argument to overlook the high upfront cost of that diesel motor, the frugal gas mileage and responsive motor adds a great deal more to the ownership experience. The 2019 model year refresh means more contemporary styling, technology, and available features that set it apart from last year's iteration, leaving the fresh-faced Chevy an ideal companion if you're in the market for a new hatch. With only a single recall under its belt and Chevy's warranty covering the rest, there's little reason not to consider the Cruze a smart buy.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback?

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze LS trim kicks off the range with an MSRP of $19,620, excluding tax, licensing, registration, and an $875 destination charge. Acting as the mid-range for the lineup, the LT trim offers a substantially better-equipped car as standard at $22,120, $2,500 more than its base-trim counterpart. At the top of the gas-driven range is the Premier model carrying an MSRP of $24,020, while the diesel model receives the highest price tag at $26,120. Chevrolet offers incentives on a regular basis, meaning buyers can pick up a higher trim-level for the recommended price of a lesser one.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Models

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback range comprises of four trims: LS, LT, Premier, and Diesel.

The LS trim serves as the entry to the range, offering an inexpensive car packed with features as standard. All the basic creature comforts such as a rearview camera, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and a seven-inch infotainment system leave the LS anything but basic.

The LT model adds projector-style headlamps and LED daytime running lights, a remote vehicle starter system, and cruise control. The base trim's steel wheels also get replaced with 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as the addition of automatic climate control.

The Premier model tops Chevrolet's Cruze range of gasoline models with greater emphasis on creature comforts. It features heated power-adjustable mirrors, keyless entry and start, a heated leather-trim steering wheel and a heated eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

A trim seemingly on its own, Cruze's diesel model boasts the majority of the kit the Premier features with, though it lacks the 17-inch alloy wheels unique to the Premier. It redeems itself with its superior fuel economy, as well as being the only trim that features the Driver Confidence Package as standard, which adds rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Additional Packages

Additional packages are aplenty for the Cruze hatch with seven packages available in the lineup. Starting off the list is the LS Convenience Package, which adds cruise control, remote vehicle start, steering-wheel-mounted controls, 16-inch alloy wheels, and all-season tires at $1,000.

The Convenience Package adds keyless open and start, heated driver and front passenger seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, as well as the Driver Confidence Package's rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert to the LT trim at a $1,200 premium and features as standard on the Diesel model. The Driver Confidence II package adds IntelliBeam high beam assist, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and low-speed forward automatic braking for $790 extra.

For aesthetic purposes, the Cruze's RS Package boasts sporty styling upgrades, such as a rear spoiler, foglamps, a sports body kit, RS badging, black beltline moldings, and 17-inch alloy or 18-inch machined-face wheels to the LT and Diesel/Premier models respectively. Pricing differs across the range, where the RS kit will set you back $795 for the LT trim, $995 at Premier trim, and requires the optional Sun and Sound & Preferred Packages to be included for the Diesel trim at a $3,415 premium.

🚗What Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Model Should I Buy?

The LT adds a substantial list of features over its base model LS at only $2,500 more, as well as opening it up to the Convenience, Driver Confidence, RS, and Sun and Sound Packages for extra added features. The $22,995 LT trim with the $1,200 Convenience Package would be our recommendation for the gas-driven models, adding both driver comforts and safety features in equal measure while still being cheaper than its Premier counterpart. If fuel economy is the order of the day, the range-topping diesel model is an excellent buy, packed with a torquey diesel engine and an abundance of standard features.

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Comparisons

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback vs Honda Civic Hatchback

If you want to be the best, you need to beat the best. Unfortunately for Chevrolet, they haven't quite beaten the Civic just yet, but the battle is closer than ever. Both are stylish, well-equipped, safe, and fun to drive, but the Civic is more of a driver's car, with a manual gearbox and a more entertaining chassis. It's also substantially more frugal. The Honda offers more driver assistance features on lower-level trims, but the Cruze counters with a full ten airbags. The two are evenly matched on interior volume as well as cargo volume, and both feel premium in their build and choice of materials. The Cruze boasts a vastly superior infotainment system, but the Civic feels more premium everywhere else. The Civic isn't vastly better than the Cruze in any one particular aspect, but the marginal superiority in many aspects adds up, and it's still the segment leader and our recommended choice.

See Honda Civic Hatchback Review

2019 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback vs Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Both the Cruze and Corolla have ardent advocates for each brand, with the Corolla namesake spanning decades and the Cruze being the relatively new contender fighting for a place in the heart of every American. The all-new Corolla finally takes the style battle to Chevrolet, but in doing so compromises its cargo space, with 4.7 cubic feet less than the Cruze. Rear passenger volume isn't all too good either. There's more power on tap from the Corolla, but the turbocharged offerings from the Chevrolet contender are easier to use in real-world situations. They are, unfortunately, thirstier than the Corolla. Almost no one can touch Chevrolet when it comes to quality infotainment, offering more features and an easier to use interface. Combine this with more space, high-quality materials, and high levels of safety, and it beats the all-new, all-improved Toyota as our pick.

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Specs

Front head room39 "
Rear head room38 "
Front shoulder room55 "
Rear shoulder room53 "
Front hip room53 "
Rear hip room52 "
Front leg room42.0 "
Rear leg room36.1 "
Luggage capacity22.7 cu.ft.
Maximum cargo capacity47.2 cu.ft.
Standard seating5
Length175.3 "
Body width70.5 "
Body height57.7 "
Wheelbase106.3 "
Curb2,978 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity13.7 gal.
EPA mileage estimates28 City / 37 Hwy
Base engine size1.4 liters
Base engine typeI-4
Horsepower153 hp
Horsepower rpm5,600
Torque177 lb-ft.
Torque rpm2,000
Drive typefront-wheel
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Year 3$0

Year 4$815

Year 5$1,011

Total Cost to Own

Year 1$15,409

Year 2$5,118

Year 3$5,649

Year 4$5,349

Year 5$6,656

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Hatchback rs specs chevy cruze


Getting mentioned in the compact-car segment is no easy feat, but the Chevrolet Cruze is doing its best. Squeezed into a class that contains almost two dozen cars, including two recipients of our 2018 10Best Cars award (the Honda Civic Sport and the Volkswagen Golf), the Cruze stands out by providing a comfortable ride, a surprisingly large trunk, and several high-tech, luxury-adjacent features. Despite those recommendations, the Cruze's powertrains fall short while those of several competitors excel. The entry-level model feels underpowered and lacks verve, while a pricey diesel engine delivers excellent fuel economy but uninspiring acceleration—not a winning combination when gas prices are low. It's easy to find a satisfactory car in the Cruze's diverse lineup, but true excellence must be sought elsewhere.

What's New for 2019?

Although a more aggressive front grille and revised front and rear bumpers are the most obvious changes for 2019, the Cruze also receives updated taillamps, a new interior color, new wheel designs, and new infotainment software. Selecting the RS package now includes window surrounds, emblems, and wheels that are all painted black.

Chevrolet Cruze Pricing and Which One to Buy

The Cruze LT offers a compelling set of features at an even more compelling price. The standard six-speed manual transmission drains any pleasure from the driving experience, so the six-speed automatic is well worth the extra cash. We'd opt for the extra-cost hatchback as a strategy to make this small car as practical as possible. Standard features in the Cruze LT hatchback include cruise control, aluminum wheels, and a six-speaker stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio. If it's in the budget, consider the Convenience package, which adds keyless entry, push-button and remote start, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Likes: Brisk acceleration with gasoline-powered four-cylinder, available diesel powertrain, smooth ride.
Dislikes: Terribly disappointing manual transmission, uninspired handling, diesel engine is noisy at idle.

The Cruze's base powertrain is a lively 153-hp turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Usually, we prefer manual transmissions, but not in this case. In our experience, the manual's no pleasure, due to an overly light clutch pedal and long, inaccurate shifter throws. Outfitted with the optional six-speed automatic, however, the Cruze is eager to accelerate. The Cruze's available diesel is a turbocharged four-cylinder that's paired to a nine-speed automatic. This diesel engine is louder and rougher than its gasoline-powered counterpart, but when cruising at highway speeds, it's quiet enough to pass for a gasoline engine.

The Cruze feels substantial on the road, larger and more stable than its dimensions would suggest. Its steering is pleasantly hefty and the car tracks straight down the road and responds willingly to inputs. The Cruze's soft suspension causes it to feel imprecise when driven aggressively in corners, but the payoff is a smooth ride over bumps and potholes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

When fuel efficiency and not performance is the order of the day, the Cruze shines brighter. Its powertrains are among the most efficient in an already thrifty class, and the diesel powertrain outshines them all—even some hybrids. The gas-powered Cruze sedan with the six-speed automatic delivered 36 mpg in our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, falling short of its EPA rating of 39 mpg. We also ran a diesel-powered Cruze through the same test, and it delivered an EPA-beating 52 mpg, far outstripping the most efficient gasoline-powered compact sedans we've tested.

Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo

Likes: Intuitive infotainment system, roomy for passengers, easy-folding rear seat.
Dislikes: Few standard features, even cruise control is optional.

The Cruze sedan and hatchback have nearly identical interior head- and legroom measurements. In the back seat, Cruze hatchback passengers benefit from the high, flat roof, with an extra half-inch of headroom compared with sedan occupants. Depending on the trim level, the Cruze's cabin can be optioned to a surprisingly upscale level for such a compact car, but many Cruze customers will be priced out of these desirable extras. The cloth seats found in the base models are comfortable, but buyers will have to opt up to the Premier trim before they can get a power-adjustable driver's seat as standard. The Premier's optional heated steering wheel and bun-warming rear seats are a treat in this segment; the fact that cruise control isn't standard dulls the sheen.

Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system is excellent, and the Cruze gives buyers access to technology such as 4G LTE connectivity. Featured on a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with a row of redundant buttons for key functions along the bottom of the screen, MyLink is a simple system that most users will easily understand. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and allow users to source directions from a smartphone, among other functions.

In both the sedan and the hatchback, the Cruze's rear seats fold easily via a lever mounted on the top of each outboard rear seat. Many of the cars in this segment have a two-step seat-folding process that must be initiated by first using levers located in the trunk or cargo area, and then require you to walk around the car to pull down the seat. Chevrolet deserves credit for implementing this obvious, operator-friendly solution. With its rear seats folded, we managed to fit 15 carry-on suitcases in the hatchback model.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Cruze performed well in its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests but it hasn't been fully evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most driver-assistance features are optional or not available at all on the Cruze. Automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning are available but only on the top Premier trim level as a part of the Driver Confidence II package. Key safety features include:

  • Available automated emergency braking
  • Available lane-keeping assist
  • Available forward-collision warning

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Chevrolet offers warranties that match up closely with those of other manufacturers in this segment. The bow-tie brand provides one free maintenance service within the first year of ownership.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

Chevrolet Cruze Features and Specs

Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints

Seat trim, leatherette

Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power

Seat adjuster, front passenger 4-way manual

Seats, heated driver and front passenger

Head restraints, 2-way adjustable, front

Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding includes center fold-down armrest with 2 cupholders

Console, floor, with armrest

Armrest, rear center, fold-down, with 2 cupholders

USB charging ports, 2, rear

Floor mats, carpeted front

Floor mats, carpeted rear

Steering column, manual tilt and telescopic

Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke

Steering wheel, heated

Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls

Driver Information Center, monochromatic display

Instrumentation, analog with mph speedometer

Tire Pressure Display

Oil life monitoring system

Warning tones, driver and front passenger seat belts

Windows, power with Express-Down

Door locks, power

Keyless Open, front doors and trunk

Remote Keyless Entry

Remote vehicle starter system

Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system

Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry

Remote panic alarm

Cruise control

Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control, includes air filter

Sensor, cabin humidity

Rear air ducts, floor mounted

Defogger, rear-window, electric

Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night

Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp and dual reading lamps

Lighting, interior, roof, rear courtesy

Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area

Cargo cover


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