You must test drive the used Chevrolet Cruze to fully understand its thrifty, turbocharged power and sleek, stylish cabin. Before you hit the used lot, though, check out our buying guide to learn more about how these five-passenger sedans have evolved over the years.
Second Generation: 2016-Current
What's to like about the second-generation used Chevrolet Cruze?
Compared to previous models, these Cruze sedans introduce sharper exterior styling elements and handsome interior design. The upgraded dash design sports high-quality materials and cutting-edge tech features. And, of course, these sedans continue the Cruze's tradition of roomy, supportive seating.
Shop four trim models for the level of luxury you crave at a price that works for you. It's hard not to be impressed with the base model Cruze L, which delivers a long list of cutting-edge tech features at a great price. These tech features include OnStar emergency telematics, a system that's up for just about anything, supplying on-demand roadside assistance and automatic collision notification in a pinch. OnStar also includes 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot. In this used Chevrolet Cruze, you can take your internet connection with you wherever you go.
Higher Cruze trims offer every imaginable luxury. If you deal with icy winters, look for a used sedan with cozy heated seats. If you've got clients to impress, check out the fully-equipped Premier with its soft ambient interior lighting and rich leather upholstery.
Under the hood, you'll find a newly standard turbocharged engine to combine swift speed with a fuel-efficient commute. To save the most getting to work, look for a used Cruze with the diesel engine, which earns up to 31 city/47 highway mpg. Whatever used powertrain works for you, this five-passenger sedan delivers both a smooth, comfortable ride and a sporty, responsive performance.
What second-generation Cruze shoppers need to know:
The 2016 Cruze Limited is essentially a re-named 2015 Cruze and doesn't represent this second generation. To benefit from this generation's upgrades, look for a 2016 Cruze without the "Limited" designation.
First Generation: 2011-2015
What's to like about the first-generation used Chevrolet Cruze?
Of course, all trim models come with everything you need for a smooth day on the road - from full power accessories to air-conditioning to Bluetooth phone connectivity. You can also count on these used Cruzes for sporty handling and prompt acceleration. On the used lot, you'll find everything from the thrifty turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder to the torque 2.0-liter turbodisel powertrain.
What first-generation used Chevrolet Cruze shoppers need to know:
Beginning with the 2013 Cruze, you'll find a lot more modern tech features. This was the year that the rearview camera first appeared to give drivers greater visibility in back-up situations. The 2013 Cruze also introduced Bluetooth streaming audio technology, making it easy to play your favorite smartphone audio apps, including Pandora. Starting with the 2014 used Chevrolet Cruze, you can find models with a diesel powertrain to enhance fuel economy.