The 2014 Chevy Cruze is the best-selling car for General Motors. We’re not talking trucks or SUVs, here, we’re talking cars, and in the land of baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolet, the Cruze is king…among GM models. Within the compact sedan class in which the Cruze competes, only the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are more popular, an impressive feat considering that the Cruze is an older design and lacks a stamp of approval from Consumer Reports.
Does the Cruze’s popularity reflect “Buy American” sentiment in rural America, where Chevrolet has a strong network of dealers, or is the Cruze a best-seller because GM puts so many of them into government and business fleet use, such as rental car agencies, which is where I found a brand-new Cruze 2LT with fewer than 200 miles on the odometer? Either way, I figured it would be a good idea to take another look at the Cruze to determine whether it deserves more or less consideration by car buyers.
Having now covered 625 miles on the winter-ravaged roads of Massachusetts, the Cruze is better in many ways than I had expected, but suffers several flaws that keep it from rising much higher than mid-pack among affordable 4-door sedans.