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  • Overview

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    Searching for a used Chevy Cruze is a great way to get yourself a reliable, fuel-efficient, and super affordable vehicle. The Chevy Cruze has proven itself a very popular model since its initial release, and is constantly evolving to meet consumer demands. But, when you see the amount of money you can save buying a used Cruze, you’ll forget all about what the newest one has to offer. Besides, the first generation Cruze lasted all the way through 2015. So, if you’re still looking for a used Cruze that will have some of the updated tech, safety, and performance found on the newest model, it’s possible in that final model year of the first generation.

    Even if you have to dish out a little more money for a used Chevy Cruze from 2015, doing so will still prove cheaper than buying a brand new one from 2016. Approximately 20% cheaper, actually, thanks to depreciation. When the Cruze was first released in America, Chevy hit it big with the compact car segment. Before that, the Cruze was extremely popular in other parts of the world. Therefore, when it finally hit here in 2011, it was already backed by a couple years of success. To this day, the Cruze remains Chevy’s best globally selling vehicle.

    Here’s a quick look at some key details from the model years that make up the Chevy Cruze’s first generation…

  • 2011

    Light blue 2011 Used Chevy Cruze ECO angled left on a gray background

    The first competitive player for Chevy in the small car segment, the (now) used 2011 Cruze holds a special place in the heart of consumers and the automaker alike — and with good reason. Thanks to exceptional cargo space, a pair of powerful and efficient performance-driven engines, a sleek design, and plenty of technology features, the Cruze is a fully competitive compact sedan compared to other models from 2011. Actually, many consumers and expert reviewers consider it to be a vehicle that’s generally better than the other major players, like a Corolla or a Civic.

    Especially when it comes to driving dynamics. The engines found on the 2011 Cruze obviously play a crucial role in the car’s overall performance. The 1.8-liter inline-4 is your base engine, and puts out 136 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque. On the Eco, LT, and LTZ trims, you’ll find a 1.4-liter inline-4 that kicks up 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, which gets up to 24 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined on the LT and LTZ trim. If you find yourself an Eco Cruze from 2011, expect fuel efficiency of 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.

    At the time, this rivaled the economy of a Prius. Which is why the Cruze made such a huge impression on the market that year, and is still making an impression as an affordable and fuel-efficient vehicle.

  • 2012

    Light blue 2012 Used Chevy Cruze driving on a street in fall

    The 2012 Cruze piggybacked on the excellent reputation and success of the 2011 model. Therefore, there are no major changes for the Cruze this year. It does still have things like an upscale interior design, powerful and efficient engines, and an Eco model with range-topping fuel economy.

    More importantly, the safety scores are some of the best in the 2012 small car segment. In government crash testing, this Cruze earned a top five-star overall safety rating. In IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) testing, the Cruze also got a top score of “Good” in all categories. Perhaps the most impressive part about the safety of the Cruze is its stopping power. During Edmunds brake testing, the Cruze LTZ stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet. That’s a great distance for this car, and to make things even better, the Eco trim with fuel-efficient tires stopped in about the same distance.

    Therefore, if you’re looking for a small car that’s fuel-efficient — but doesn’t sacrifice safety or integrity of design — the 2012 Cruze is for you.

  • 2013

    Red 2013 Used Chevy Cruze driving in front of a glass building

    If those weren’t enough safety features, the 2013 model year introduced few new ones.

    The 2013 Cruze still scored at the top in government crash tests, but that five-star rating is now bolstered by safety features like blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera. The blind-spot monitoring is a helpful feature in particular, and warns the driver of any potential vehicles detected in the Cruze’s blind spot.

    On the inside, the updated electronics interface is much easier to use compared to last year. Now, it also provides functionality through the Chevy MyLink telematics system. With the introduction of MyLink, smartphone integration for Pandora and enhanced voice control are made possible.

    While it’s not a complete technological overhaul inside the cabin, a 2013 Cruze is still worth picking up if you want to get more safety and entertaining technology out of your compact car experience.

  • 2014

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    The 2014 model year saw the introduction of the Cruze Diesel — a diesel-powered model. It sat at the top of the lineup, and while it might be more expensive than some of the other used gas-powered Cruze models floating around on the market, it’s completely worth it.

    The Cruze Eco from 2011 has nothing on the Diesel that was released in 2014. Thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, the 2014 Cruze is able to brag about 27 mpg city, a whopping 46 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined. Along with the great fuel economy, the diesel model also gets plenty of extra kick thanks to the naturally increased torque — engine specs come in at 151 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Because of this increased acceleration, it can go from zero to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds, which is around the same as the 2014 VW Jetta TDI – a very popular diesel-powered small car.

    The other engine choices remained the same, but if you’re looking for a Cruze that provides great acceleration and fuel economy at a low price, grab a 2014 Cruze Diesel.

  • 2015

    Dark blue 2015 Used Chevy Cruze from the front driving on a town road

    The 2015 Cruze marked the end of the first generation, and it went out with a bang. A new base level trim called L makes an appearance, and with it, comes some minor rearranging of features. It also gets a new front-end look, and some new technology features Like Siri Eyes Free, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi – the first compact car in its class to have built-in Wi-Fi technology.

    The 2015 Cruze still has the 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter engines that were introduced back in 2011, but they are much improved by this point in time, putting out more horsepower and torque, and getting better fuel-efficiency. The diesel model’s powertrain carries over unchanged from 2014.

    Along with the updated technology and performance, you’ll also be getting a more modern look. Obviously, it’s going to be the most expensive out of all the previous years mentioned, but chances are, you’ll still nab a higher-trim level for about the same price as the base trim on a new Cruze.

  • 2016

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    The Chevy Cruze was quite the pleasant surprise when it debuted back in 2011, but engineers are always seeking clever ways to keep their models fresh. That’s why the brand seemingly decided to revamp their sedan in time for the 2016 model year, and these various changes ultimately ushered in the second generation of the nameplate.

    The vehicle’s body was redesigned to provide owners with a more comfortable driving experience. The model’s wheelbase was increased by several inches, and this ultimately had a positive influence on leg and knee room, leading to a more comfortable commute. Now, few sedans are able to provide the spaciousness that the Cruze provides, emphasizing why the model is on a higher tier than its competitors. Cosmetically, the brand included brand-new LED lights and LED daytime running lights, while will also prove to be useful when traveling on dark roads. Engineers retained the familiar structure of the beloved model, but they included a number of practical amenities that influence the driving experience.

    The inclusion of an extensive 10-unit airbag system is intended to provide optimal safety to each passenger, while the all-disc brakes will provide the operator with maximum stoppage power (which should vicariously help them avoid accidents). Finally, engineers included their clever stop/start technology, which will force the engine to operate only when it’s needed. As a result, drivers will find that the accompanying fuel efficiency is maximized.

    Otherwise, the vehicle was equipped with a number of notable features that were loosely featured in previous iterations of the model. Engineers provided their customers with the opportunity to choose from a pair of capable engine offerings. The Turbocharged I4 1.4-liter engine was the smallest of the options, with the unit capable of delivering 153 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque. Despite the respectable amount of power, the unit was also capable of delivering an incredible 41-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency (when equipped with the manual transmission and front-wheel-drive drivetrain). The alternative option is the I4 1.8-liter engine, which delivers 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. This unit sees a slight decrease in efficiency, although the 36-mile-per-gallon highway fuel economy (with the manual transmission and front-wheel-drive drivetrain) is still notable.

    The interior of the vehicle is highlighted by the brand’s MyLink system, which is easily accessible via the seven-inch touch-screen system. The unit allows easy access to a number of applications, although owners can alternatively connect their smartphone thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. If these owners wanted to jam out to all of their favorite tunes, they could easily do so via the six-speaker or nine-speaker Bose sound system. The brand also included a wi-fi hotspot, meaning occupants could constantly stay connected to a strong and reliable wireless internet connection.

    Sometimes, when brand’s attempt to revamp various aspects of a particular model, customers will find that these various attributes suffer, as engineers were seemingly focused on too many revisions. This vicariously leads to them neglecting various aspects of the vehicle in an attempt to accomplish everything on their “to-do list.” Well, while the 2016 Chevy Cruze saw a handful of changes, engineers still did an admirable job of assuring that these amenities and capabilities are still top-notch.

  • 2017

    Black 2017 used Chevy Cruze driving in a tunnel

    Engineers slightly revamped their Cruze line in time for the 2017 model year, including a hatchback version for those seeking a bit more cargo space. This variation of the beloved model allows owners to take advantage of 47.2-cubic-feet of space, allowing them to fit any combination of cargo and equipment. Engineers also redesigned the exterior, leading to a longer roof and a revised chassis. Finally, engineers cleverly included a brand-new engine with their hatchback variation, providing another incentive for customers to opt for this unique offering. The new 1.4-liter engine cranks out a surprising amount of muscle at 153 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque, meaning you’ll have more than enough power to overcome any of your fellow drivers on the highway.

    Cosmetically, customers will appreciate the inclusion of new paint colors, providing buyers with even more options as they’re building their brand-new car. While the Siren Red Tintcoat and Blue Ray Metallic exterior colors have been discontinued, a number of new inclusions are now offered. These paint colors include:

    • Arctic Blue Metallic
    • Pepperdust Metallic
    • Graphite Metallic
    • Cajun Red Tintcoat

    Fortunately, the brand also retained many of the top attributes of the model, including the various interior amenities. For instance, the touchscreen (with the accompanying Chevy MyLink technology) is sticking around in the 2017 model, as are technological inclusions like the 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The safety functions have also been slightly refined, so drivers can still rely on inclusions like collision prevention to help keep them out of harm’s way.

    Speaking of safety, engineers have included their exclusive Teen Driver technology, which adapts the vehicle to cater to those younger operators. As a parent, it can be a bit nerve-wracking sending out your child on their first solo drive. Well, thanks to this clever inclusion, these parents can rest easy knowing that their teen driver is in good hands. The vehicle will adapt its safety functions to provide these young drivers with the safest possible driving experience. For instance, basic functions (like audio) won’t operate until occupants are traveling under safe conditions (like securing their seatbelt). Furthermore, the unit will automatically activate its extensive group of safety technologies when these younger drivers have taken the wheel. At the end of their trip, parents can rely on the in-vehicle report card to determine whether their child is operating their vehicle under safe driving habits.

    Considering that the 2017 Chevy Cruze is still relatively new, you shouldn’t expect huge savings when pursuing a used version of this model. However, you’ll still see a slight discount, and you might be able to snag some of those notable amenities without breaking the bank.

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