2019 Chevrolet Cruze

Interior


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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze has an attractive, handsome cabin. There are plenty of smooth and soft-touch materials. Legroom is good in the front and rear, and regardless of body style, you’ll get more cargo space than in most other compact cars.

  • "With a glossy black trim center console, faux leather surfaces on the dash and contrast-color stitching throughout, the Cruze's cabin looks and feels premium.” -- Edmunds
  • "Much like its exterior, the interior of the 2018 Chevy Cruze is attractive and modern without feeling overly adorned." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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

The 2019 Cruze can seat up to five people on cloth upholstery. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, leather seats, and a heated steering wheel are all available.

Both sedan and hatchback models have enough space for adults, though tall passengers in the rear might feel slightly constrained by the sedan’s low roofline, which also cuts into the driver’s sightlines and reduces visibility. Fortunately, the standard rearview camera can help offset this.

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 front seats allow plenty of travel for tall drivers, but wider occupants might feel somewhat confined by the narrow seatbacks. There's no lumbar adjustment and the seat belt is not height-adjustable. The padding in the back row is surprisingly firm and the upholstery is pulled taut. Not great." -- 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 2019 Cruze has a commendable list of standard features, including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a four-speaker stereo, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot. A rearview camera and Teen Driver, which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers, are also standard.

Interior upgrades include satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, an additional USB charging port, cruise control, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a sunroof. Several advanced safety features are also available, including rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, and automatic high beams.

Notably, a few tech features that were available in 2018 models (including an 8-inch touch screen with navigation and wireless charging) are no longer offered for 2019.

The Cruze still offers a generous list of standard tech features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are increasingly available as options in many cars, but it’s nice to see them as standard features. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is extremely easy to use. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and there are plenty of physical knobs and controls that are easy for the driver to reach.

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  • "Chevrolet's infotainment system is exceptionally easy to use. It's quick to react to user inputs, and presets can be programmed with destinations for the navigation system or channels from any radio band.” -- 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

Cargo space in the Cruze varies depending on trim and body style. L and LS sedans offer a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, while the LT and Premier trims have a 13.9-cubic-foot trunk. Both numbers are above average among compact cars. The Cruze hatchback offers more space: 22.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 47.2 cubic feet with them folded. While all four numbers are good, the Cruze’s design makes it challenging to load large or heavy items into the trunk. The rear seats don’t lay flat when folded, and the trunk hinges drop down when the lid is closed.

  • "These [cargo] 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 … in the Cruze hatchback." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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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