2013 Chevrolet Cruze: What's Changed


  • Most significant changes: Chevy's MyLink multimedia system is standard across more of the lineup, and some new option packages are available.
  • Price change: TBD
  • On sale: This fall
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If price is your biggest consideration, buy the 2012. No word yet on pricing for the 2013 model, but it is likely to be more expensive because of the added features.

Chevrolet's compact sedan is loaded with more technology features for 2013. Several versions of the Cruze get more standard equipment, like the MyLink multimedia system. There's also new technology and convenience option packages.

The Cruze is again available in in LS, 1LT, 2LT, LTZ and Eco trim levels. Model-year 2012's powertrains also return: a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a 138-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder, both with six-speed automatic and manual transmissions. Diesel power is also on the way. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will join the lineup in late 2013 or 2014.

New standard equipment includes:

  • Eco, 2LT and LTZ: MyLink with Bluetooth streaming audio, voice recognition for phone, Pandora and Stitcher internet radio smartphone compatibility and Gracenote capability (playlist and album art)
  • Eco, 2LT and LTZ: Color-touch AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability and 7-inch touch-screen display

New optional equipment includes:

  • Technology Package: Color-touch AM/FM stereo with CD player, MyLink and backup camera
  • LT Driver Convenience Package: Illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger, auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup camera and power-adjustable heated outside mirrors
  • 1LT Driver Convenience Package: Six-way power driver's seat with manual recliner, illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger, auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-adjustable heated side mirrors. On 1LT, it includes remote vehicle start.
  • Enhanced Safety Package (LT, Eco and LTZ): Rear park assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • On 1LT: Color-touch AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 capability, GPS navigation, USB port, 7-inch touch-screen display

Three new exterior colors are also available for 2013: Cyber Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic and Atlantis Blue Metallic.

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By the looks of it there seems to be no sunroof option, still, for the eco model...probably as a weight saving measure, but it sure would be nice to have a sunroof with this particular version (speaking for myself).
Peace!<=AladdinSane- :-)

Derrick G

You're not going to see a sunroof because it could force the Eco, which is certified as a separate model, into a higher EPA weight class, which would mean a lower rating.


If the 2.0 turbo will be from the new Verano turbo, which has 250 horsepower, this will likely be quite a fast car.
Interesting notion...
Will this be a Cruze SS?


@Ivan - I think that they just didn't word the article carefully. The 2.0 turbo I4 they're referring to IS the diesel. I believe it makes roughly 160 HP and 266 ft-lbs. of torque. Chevy has already said that there will be no SS version.


The 2 litre Diesel auto only gets 27.8 mpg in UK will the newer 1.7 Diesel get auto. UK models have very low grade spec. I call the Cruze the NO NO NO car, No DRL, No TPMS, No powered foldback Door mirrors, No Watts Z link suspension, No Knee airbag protection. Lucky Yanks. No more Cruze for me.


@Disbeliever: But you get the hatchback and wagon models, still AWOL here.


@Derrick g

What "EPA weight classes" are you talking about? And why would a few lbs. from a sunroof added make a difference in EPA class. To my knowledge they use interior volume to classify if something is a compact or midsize for example.


can you please write about when this will be released Jennifer Geiger . I cant find it out anywhere and the dealer is no help.they only want to sell overpriced 2012s.Any help will be greatly appreciated,
Thank You.


I'm more interested in the Cruze than I was in previous months thanks to the addition of the touch-screen interface and a few other tech features... I hope to see them soon :)


Hi Jennifer Geiger,

Will the front bumper around the fog lights be enlarged on the 2013 in North America? I would prefer that those ports remain the same size and the front bumper and body be more rounded like the Holden version of the Cruze.
A 2.0 Litre Turbo Gas powerplant like in the Verano would be a great addition to the Cruze Lineup.


Just bought a cruze 2012 ls today. Killer car and killer deal. Shop around, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse.


Do not buy a chevy cruze. I purchased a 2012 cruze and it filled up with smoke as I was driving off the lot. The dealer refused to give me a differnt one stating that there is nothing wrong with my car. I was on vacation and it went into engine reduced power mode GM service was not helpful and my vacation was ruened. I have had the car for less than a year and it has been in the shop 5 times.


No one said a word yet on the 1,8l has 138HP, the 1,4l Turbo has 148HP.


Love our Cruze. We bought it a year ago, put 23k on it this year and someone lost control and crossed the centerline in front of us. We hit it head on at about 45 mph. All 10 airbags (and, yes, it does have knee protection) deployed. The front of the car was pushed all the way back to the firewall. The passenger compartment was completely in tact. We were able to open both doors and my husband and I walked away with NO broken bones, just a few aches!!! Our replacement? A 2013 Cruze Eco!!!! With no hestitation!

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