Review: 2019 Chevrolet Cruze
Another one bites the dust.
April 6, 2019
THE PROS & CONS
What’s Good: Good mix of available features.
What’s Bad: Needed some outside-the-box thinking.
Alas, poor Cruze; we hardly knew ye.
Just 10 years into its life, Chevrolet’s small sedan has met what some would consider an untimely end, borne at the hands – er, wheels? – of the increasingly almighty SUV.
Perhaps, like that bit of misremembered Shakespeare I just employed, it was always poorly understood.
I mean, it had an available diesel, for goodness sake. In a small car at a reasonable price point, that’s basically unheard-of. You’d think that the scorned Volkswagen devotees would have converted in droves.
Plus, the whole thing feels premature, doesn’t it? Small car sales were down around 8 percent in Canada in 2018, depending on how you count, and the Cruze was the segment’s fourth-best seller, losing only 2.4 percent. It was ahead in a downturn; plenty of automakers see this as a good thing. And we keep hearing that SUVs are going to be branded as old-people cars any time now and sedans will make a resurgence with a flourish.
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