For all the talk of the death of the four-door sedan, we believe these intrepid cars will always be around. Because there are a few things they do well that other cars don't touch or can't hope to do as good a job at. Indeed, there are a few hallmarks that set in the sedan apart. And any car that wants to get attention from consumers will do these things extraordinarily well. Let's take a look at the Chevy Cruze, which is one of those that gets it right. First, let's see what's new in this intrepid car.
What's New for 2019?
This year the Chevy Cruze gives you a 7-inch touch screen with infotainment system standard. Good news for those who love technology. On top of that, listening to consumer feedback, now it's possible to disable the gas-saving start-stop engine so you get to decide how your car runs.
Finally, the Cruze has an updated look with a wider grille and more prominent fog lights. You can get the hatchback configuration at any trim level except the lowest tier now, which is good news for those who love their 5-doors.
Thrifty Fuel Sipper
A good commuter car won't burn a hole in your wallet. You want something that gets you from here to there and back again without setting you back financially. Sedans have better fuel economy than most and the Cruze does it better than most compact cars. The Cruze gets up to 31 city and 48 highway miles per gallon. That's turbodiesel engines for you. But even the gas-powered engine isn't far behind, at 30 city and 38 highway mpg. We're confident that'll appeal to those looking to save a buck or two at the pump or want to live a little greener.
Technology Where You Like It
Commuting can be boring when it's not raising your blood pressure. Luckily, there's plenty in the Chevy Cruze to take your mind off the traffic without taking your eyes off the road. Listening to your favorite podcast or music, hands-free calling, navigate, and more can get you where you need to go without time in the car feeling like a burdensome chore.
The Chevy Cruze comes standard with features like the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with two USB ports, Bluetooth, four-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Optional features round out the features, with USB port, upgraded six-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. If you want to up the comfort and class, try heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. If you're not careful, you might even start looking forward to your commute.
There's nothing unique about spaciousness in the four-door sedan class. In fact, minivans and SUVs do it better, which is part of their appeal. Even while roominess isn't unique to the sedan, a lack of it is damning considering how well other classes do in this category. How does the Chevy Cruze fare in interior space?
Like most cars its size, the Cruze seats five people on two rows of seats. Unlike most sedans, even adults will feel at home in the back. That's because legroom is substantial. Also, cabin materials are quality, with lots of nice, soft-touch metals. On top of that, there's a whopping 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the hatchback and 14.8 in the four-door sedan. That's comparable to some three-row SUVs.
If you want a thrifty car filled to the brim with fun tech and spacious enough for you and the carpool or kids, the Chevy Cruze is a great choice.