Vehicles Affected: Approximately 3,161 model-year 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedans equipped with manual transmissions and manufactured from Jan. 24 to Aug. 1, 2013.
The Problem: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the right front half shaft could fracture and separate. If this happens while driving, the car could lose power, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the half shaft assembly for free.
What Owners Should Do: General Motors has already notified all affected owners. Consumers can call GM at 800-521-7300 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236 for more information.
Despite static design in a dynamic compact car class, the Chevrolet Cruze remains a strong performer. That's thanks to attributes such as a smooth ride, capable handling, competitive fuel economy and a quiet, comfortable interior. This year the company adds a diesel engine to the lineup that Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder found a bit of a disappointment considering the cost. Read Wiesenfelder's full review below to see if the diesel is something you should consider when shopping for a new compact.
Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman got behind the wheel of the track-ready 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and burned rubber straight to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Get Bragman's impressions as he takes a few turns in a Caddy that hauls more than grandpa's golf clubs. Also debuting this week is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's lukewarm assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, clattering into the No. 3 spot. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel offers some of what both diesel fanatics and the average buyer look for in a car — but not enough of either to really impress anyone. Perhaps the greatest attribute of this clean-diesel sedan, according to Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, is its 46 mpg on the highway, making it highly competitive and great for road trips. However, its muted diesel-engine clatter may be too subtle for enthusiasts and annoying for everyone else, and lagging acceleration will have all involved wondering why they bothered paying extra for the diesel model.Related
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is not your father's diesel car. Still, while far from the "smoke-spitting clatter boxes" of yore, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays sees several reasons you may not want it to be yours. The Cruze Diesel, now appearing at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, should offer impressive torque and quickness on par with its nearest competitors, along with some nifty trim features.
However, the diesel boosts fuel efficiency by less than 8% compared to its gasoline-burning counterpart the Chevy Cruze Eco, and the diesel model costs 18% more. Watch the video below and decide if that's going to be good enough.
The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.
The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.
For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.
GM is recalling 2,949 model-year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles because the airbags could fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall involves the driver-side front airbag, which contains a shorting bar that could intermittently contact the airbag terminals, NHTSA reported. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash, the airbag may not deploy. This increases the risk of injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering-wheel airbag coil for free. The automaker has not yet announced an owner notification schedule, but affected owners can contact GM at 800-521-7300 or NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.
While not a particularly memorable car initially, the 2011 Chevy Cruze will hit production with enough improvements to make it a highly intriguing car. There’s no word on pricing yet, but GM seems determined to add enough attractive features to make the Cruze a hit. Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays takes you through GM’s competitor to the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic — with the intriguing news that the Cruze may get nearly 40 mpg. And you can watch it in the HD setting on YouTube.
Amid hundreds of chanting GM fans — mostly employees, family members and retirees — The General unveiled the U.S.-bound Chevy Cruze as part of a cavalcade of concept and production cars. Alas, while certain elements (namely the prospect of 39 mpg on the highway) are promising enough, I’m not sold on the Cruze’s overall execution.
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