an updated front bumper and a new multimedia system with a 7-inch touchscreen are standard. a manual transmission is no longer available.
price change: the ls sedan is $405 cheaper. the price of the base l sedan jumps $1,020 because an automatic transmission is now standard. base prices are $200 higher on lt and diesel models and unchanged on the premier. the destination charge is unchanged at $875.
on sale: fall
which should you buy, 2018 or 2019? unless you had your heart set on a cruze with a stick shift, the modest price increases make the 2019 models more attractive. bigger discounts will be available on the 2018s, but the 2019s may reap higher resale value.
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such is the case with the cruze, a compact model available in sedan and hatchback body styles. the only significant jumps in cruze prices are because the six-speed manual transmission is gone from all models. for the base l sedan, the now-standard six-speed automatic pads the base price by $1,020 to $18,870. the ls sedan, though, is $405 cheaper at $19,995. (all prices include the destination charge.)
a new front bumper for all models incorporates a larger grille and new headlamps to give the cruze a family resemblance to the malibu and spark, both also updated for 2019. among other changes, a new standard multimedia system called chevrolet infotainment 3 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. remote start and automatic climate control are available on lt models and standard on the premier trim, and the hatchback has a new ls trim. both body styles are now available in ls, lt, premier and diesel trim levels, while the sedan also comes in the budget l trim.
gas models use a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder used engine (153 horsepower, 177 pounds-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. diesel models have a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel used engine (137 hp, 240 pounds-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic.
the cruze line offers a choice of body styles and used engine , though the diesel gets few takers in part because list prices start at more than $26,000. the gas used engine is smooth, refined and economical, and all models come with a standard multimedia system that includes apple carplay and android auto.
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