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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The cabin of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze feels high quality and handsome. Its seats are comfortable, with enough room in the back for adults, and it comes with an excellent infotainment system. Whether you pick the hatchback or the sedan, you'll get more cargo room than the average compact car.

  • "Much like its exterior, the interior of the 2018 Chevy Cruze is attractive and modern without feeling overly adorned." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike compact Chevrolets of the past, the Cruze's interior is stylish and composed of high-quality materials. The curving character line that runs diagonally through the dashboard is an unusually artistic touch for this segment, as is the cloth or leatherette upholstery that covers it. These details, along with a large backseat, make the Cruze's interior fully competitive in terms of both appearance and construction." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "GM has come a long way from the dreadful, black-plastic mess of the J-body's interior. Plastic is still the dominant material in the new Cruze, but the soft-touch sections here are great. But what's most surprising is Chevy's work on the materials that aren't in your sight lines. The harder plastics on the doors, lower dash, and transmission tunnel feel solid and are free of sharp edges. It's a huge part of why this cabin feels so upscale." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

You can seat five people inside the 2018 Cruze, which comes standard with cloth upholstery and six-way manually adjustable front seats. Power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, and heated front and rear seats are also available.

The seats are supportive and nicely cushioned, and there's enough room inside both body styles for five adults (though four fit better for all-day trips). The sharply sloping roof requires tall travelers to stoop when climbing into the back seat. This roofline, along with chunky side pillars, also cuts into the driver's sight lines and reduces visibility.

For attaching child safety seats, there are three easy-to-find tether anchors in the back seat. Lower anchors are located on the outboard seats, and these connectors are a little harder to use (especially on the passenger side, where the anchor is too close to the adjoining seat belt).

  • "The Cruze isn't as roomy as the cavernous Civic, but four adults should sit comfortably without feeling claustrophobic. The small cabin means most controls are within the driver's reach, including the large touchscreen. Drivers of varying heights will be able to find an ideal seating position." -- Edmunds
  • "As far as compact sedans go, the Cruze is spacious--fully capable of carrying five adults comfortably, at least for a short while. Rear headroom will be a problem for the taller set, but that comes with the compact territory." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • Cruze's front seats proved comfortable with ample support. There's even a decent amount of side bolstering [to] keep you in place during more spirited driving stints. Head and legroom is plentiful for those six-feet and even a little above. The Cruze's rear bench, however, isn't quite as accommodating. The sedan's low-slung roofline can make it difficult to get into the back seat without bonking your head. Once in that roofline blocks your line of sight and eats up some headroom. The Cruze at least offers adequate legroom in the back." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

The 2018 Cruze comes standard with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, four speakers, and a rearview camera. Interior upgrades include an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo or a nine-speaker Bose sound system, wireless charging for devices, cruise control, a sunroof, automatic climate control push-button start, and ambient lighting.

Available safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and a following distance indicator (which helps you stay a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead of you).

The amount of standard technology in the Cruze is impressive, and test drivers especially appreciate the added convenience of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The MyLink infotainment system is responsive and easy to learn, with redundant knobs and controls that are easy for the driver to reach.

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  • "Other than the sometimes wonky performance of its voice recognition software, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is one of the best in the business. The interface is attractive, uncluttered and, most important, easy to learn and operate. Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is a major plus." -- Edmunds
  • "Controls are all placed sensibly, and the center-mounted touch-screen display and good ol' knobs and buttons for audio and climate functions are all easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "And the environment works even better than it looks, with the touchscreen running Chevrolet's easy-to-use MyLink infotainment menu and the hard-button controls operating with a well-damped smoothness." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Cargo

The amount of cargo room in the Cruze varies by body style and trim level. With the sedan, the L and LS trims have a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, and trunks in the LT and Premier trims measure 13.9 cubic feet. Both are larger than most compact car trunks. In the Cruze hatchback, there is 22.7 cubic feet of space behind the seats and 47.2 cubic feet with the back seats folded.

Unfortunately, the Cruze's design cuts down on the convenience of this trunk space, including rear seats (available with a 60/40 split) that don't lay flat when folded and trunk hinges that drop down when the lid is closed.

  • "With the rear seats in place, cargo volume measures 22.7 cubic feet; fold down the seats and the volume increases to 47.2 cubes. These figures are average for the class, but the Cruze's tall cargo liftover height and sunken load floor will make it difficult to load and unload heavy objects." -- Edmunds
  • "We also commend the expanded cargo space -- 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 47.2 cubic feet with them folded -- in the Cruze hatchback." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The trunk has a good-size opening and is wide at the rear. However, the sickle-shaped trunklid hinges dip into the cargo area, and they're not covered, so you have to be careful when placing large items back there. The rear seat backs fold, but they rest about 4 inches above the level of the trunk floor, so you can't just slide long items all the way forward; you have to lift them halfway in to clear the hump." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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