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First Look At The 2019 Chevy Cruz That Concord Chevrolet Shoppers Clamor For

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze now found at the Concord area Chevrolet dealerships like Team Chevrolet in Salisbury is a compact car which has been around since the first-generation launched in 2008. The current model is still part of the car's second-generation, which has been in production since 2016. This year, the compact sedan and hatch benefits from a mid-cycle refresh. Changes for the 2019 model year include revised exterior and interior styling, technology updates, the addition of some new collision-avoidance equipment and revisions to color choices and standard features and equipment.

Changes to the exterior styling of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze are certainly subtle, but since the car already looks as attractive and contemporary as it did on the lot of the Chevrolet Dealer near Concord, there wasn't a compelling need for any major surgery. The front fascia is now a little busier than it was previously and employs a new front bumper and grille as well as LED accent lighting for select trim levels. The overall look is modern, youthful and more than a little sporty, especially in its hatchback body style.


Five different trim levels now make up the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze lineup. The entry model in the family is the Cruze L, which is only available in the four-door sedan body style. The rest of the trim levels can be had in hatch or sedan formats. The next trim level after the L is the LS, and then the range goes to the LT, Premier and finally the Diesel.

The standard engine in the L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze is a 1.4-liter turbo-four developing a useful 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual used to be available but it's been dropped due to a lack of demand. The other engine unsurprisingly comes in the Diesel trim level, and perhaps even more unsurprisingly it’s a turbodiesel. The 1.6-liter turbodiesel is an inline-four producing 137 hp and an impressive 240 lb-ft of torque and this particular powerplant comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Gas versions of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will inevitably be the most popular choice for the majority of buyers, and the fuel economy on offer from the 1.4-liter turbo is very reasonable. Most gas-fueled Cruze variants return EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined.* The Cruze Premier hatch with its large wheels and less aerodynamic body style sees those numbers reduce slightly to 28/37/31 mpg. The headline numbers come from the Cruze Diesel though. Sedans with the turbodiesel are rated at 31/48/37 mpg and hatchback diesels return 30/45/35 mpg.

Although the entry level Cruze L is largely aimed at fleet buyers its standard equipment is much more generous than many would expect, and the equipment levels just get better and better from there. The L standard equipment includes: power features, air conditioning, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and GM's OnStar concierge and safety service.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.