The Cruze hatch is available with either a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque or a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine with 137 hp and 240 lb-ft on tap. The gasoline powerplant can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission while the diesel gets a nine-speed automatic as standard. The diesel is frugal and more responsive than the gasoline model but it does command a price premium not everyone will be happy with.
The Cruze has received minor updates for the 2019 model year and now comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment display and the stop-start engine feature can now be deactivated. The styling has also been revised and there are four trim levels to choose from. The base LS is rather sparsely equipped so look at the mid-range LT instead, it offers upgraded headlights and a center armrest and also allows you to specify the Driver Confidence package which adds a number of passive and active driver assist systems. The Cruze Hatchback starts at $20,495 in base LS trim and rises to $26,995 for the diesel model.
|LS Hatchback||Turbo Inline-4 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Front Wheel Drive||$18,874||$19,620|
|LT Hatchback||Turbo Inline-4 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Front Wheel Drive||$21,279||$22,120|
|Premier Hatchback||Turbo Inline-4 Gas||6-Speed Automatic||Front Wheel Drive||$23,107||$24,020|
|Diesel Hatchback||Turbo Diesel||9-Speed Automatic||Front Wheel Drive||$25,127||$26,120|