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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Review

The 2014 Chevy Cruze ranks near the top of the compact car class, thanks to its comfortable ride, refined engine options, quality interior, and good safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient Eco model
  • Upscale interior
  • Cushioned ride
  • Hesitant automatic transmission




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

Is the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Chevy Cruze is a good pick for shoppers in the market for a used compact car. The Cruze rides smoothly, even over rough pavement, and it’s available with fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines. The Cruze’s interior has an upscale look as well, and it remains quiet while cruising at highway speeds. Overall, this Chevy a fine sedan, but you’ll need to look elsewhere if hauling lots of cargo is a top priority. Give alternatives like the 2014 Mazda3 and 2014 Kia Soul a look.

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How Much Is the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

You can expect to pay between $8,000 and $14,100 for a used 2014 Cruze. These figures are based on listings for the 2014 Chevy Cruze on our site. The average price is $11,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Cost to Own?

The Cruze’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,700 – or about $5,150 per year. That’s higher than average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cruze?

You can save a lot of money with a used 2014 Cruze, but keep in mind the 2019 Cruze is a superior car and it’s worth the higher price. Starting at $17,995, this new Cruze is available as a hatchback – unlike the 2014 Cruze – making it a better cargo hauler. It offers more advanced safety features like forward collision warning, plus better convenience features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its interior looks and feels even nicer. It also has a more fuel-efficient diesel engine, which can return up to 31 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.

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You won’t find many new cars that cost less than a used 2014 Cruze, but there is at least one good option in this price range. The 2018 Kia Rio starts at just $13,900 and it mixes handsome styling with a zippy driving experience. If you can stretch your budget a little, the highly rated 2019 Chevrolet Sonic and 2019 Honda Fit each start at between $15,420 and $16,190.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Cruze Is Best?

The Cruze’s first generation spans the 2011 through 2015 model years, of which the 2013 to 2015 models are the best. These vehicles have a better reputation for reliability, and they offer more safety features like a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring. It’s worth noting that Chevrolet offered a Cruze Diesel for the 2014 and 2015 model years. However, you may want to skip this variant because its fuel savings are negligible compared to the Cruze Eco, which is easier to find on the used market.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2014 Cruze has a very good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Recalls

The 2014 Cruze is affected by six recalls. Chevrolet is recalling models due to faults with the car’s ignition switch, driver-side airbag inflator, transmission shift cable, tie rods, and right axle shaft. Models equipped with an engine block heater, a dealer add-on feature, are also being recalled. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Chevy Cruze.

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Which Used Chevrolet Cruze Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Cruze is available in six trim levels: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, Diesel, and LTZ. The base model Chevrolet Cruze LS is a fine option if you’re looking to save money without sacrificing on features. It comes well-equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, OnStar telematics, a satellite radio, CD player, six speakers, power windows and doors, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and cloth seats.

Most shoppers will want to opt for the Cruze 1LT trim. It adds a peppier turbocharged engine, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and alloy wheels. The Cruze Eco trim builds on the 1LT with a 7-inch touch screen and subtle modifications that return higher fuel economy. The 2LT trim adds luxuries like leather seats, heated front seats, plus a sport-tuned suspension. The Cruze Diesel trim comes with a punchy turbodiesel engine and a remote car starter. Lastly, the Cruze LTZ trim shares the 2LT’s features, plus a rearview camera, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Available features include a navigation system, sunroof, nine-speaker Pioneer stereo, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Cruze?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Cruze the second-lowest rating of Marginal rating for the small overlap front test, but it earned a top rating of Good in all other areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Cruze a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact crash safety, as well as four out of five stars for rollover safety. The Cruze is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze or 2014 Honda Civic?

You’re apt to pay a bit more for a used 2014 Honda Civic, but it’s the better car in this comparison. This Civic is available as a sedan or coupe, and it outshines the Cruze with nicer cabin materials, sportier handling, and an even better reliability rating. That said, the Honda’s touch screen isn’t as user-friendly as the Chevy’s. Give both of these well-received cars a test drive.

Which Is Better: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze or 2014 Toyota Corolla?

The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla is another great pick in this class. The Corolla rates highly for reliability, it boasts a handsome interior, and it provides an especially comfortable ride. It offers one of the roomiest backseats in this class as well. The Chevy is still more fun to drive, and its engines are zippier. At the end of the day, both of these compact sedans are worth consideration.

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2014 Cruze Performance

How Does the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Drive?

The 2014 Chevy Cruze has two gasoline engine options. The LS trim comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower. LT, Eco, and LTZ models come with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with the same power output. An available 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine supplies 151 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard; six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available.

The 1.8-liter engine gives the Cruze adequate acceleration in town and decent passing power on the highway, but the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine provides a noticeable improvement in both categories. These models feel sprightlier and more enjoyable to drive. It’s a similar story with the muscular diesel engine. It surges up to speed confidently despite a brief lull in power initially. The manual transmission is refined and easy to shift. The automatic transmission feels smooth as well, but it’s occasionally hesitant to change gear.

As its name would suggest, the Cruze is a pleasant cruiser. The car feels balanced around turns, and its power steering is light and precise. The suspension soaks up rough patches in the road nicely, yielding a smooth and cushioned ride. The 2LT, Diesel, and LTZ trims have larger wheels and a slightly stiffer ride, though not to the point of discomfort.

Does the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Cruze offers great fuel economy. The Cruze Eco gets an EPA-rated 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with its manual transmission, or 26/37 mpg city/highway with the automatic. The Cruze Diesel earns a slightly-better 27/44 mpg city/highway, but the higher cost of diesel fuel negates these savings. The LT and LTZ models can return up to 26/37 mpg (26/36 mpg, automatic), and the Cruze LS gets a decent 25/35 mpg (22/34 mpg, automatic).

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2014 Cruze Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Cruze Seat?

The Cruze is a four-door sedan with five seats. There a generous amount of space up front for taller drivers and passengers, even with the available sunroof. The seatbacks are quite supportive as well, but the bottom cushions are a little too bolstered, which can be uncomfortable on longer drives. The Cruze’s backseat provides ample space for children, but like many cars in this class, adults may require more legroom. Cloth seats are standard; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The Cruze’s interior styling has aged fairly well, and it’s highlighted by a number of quality soft-touch plastics. However, the cabin’s most impressive asset is its quietness. There’s very little road, wind, or engine noise at highway speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

The Cruze has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Features

The Cruze comes standard with a satellite radio, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar roadside assistance, keyless entry, and air conditioning. Available features include a 7-inch MyLink touch screen, a rearview camera, a Pioneer stereo, and a navigation system. The air conditioning knobs are about as user-friendly as these controls get. The audio controls take a bit of time to get used to. This system can be controlled using voice recognition and dashboard buttons, or if equipped, the available touch screen.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Dimensions

Chevrolet Cruze Cargo Space

The Cruze has 15 cubic feet of trunk space in most trim levels, though the Cruze Diesel has a smaller trunk with 13.3 cubic feet of space. The rear seats can fold to accommodate longer items.

2014 Cruze Length and Weight

The Cruze is 15.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,011 to 3,475 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Built?

Chevrolet built the 2014 Cruze in Ohio.


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