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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
navigation system with a hard drive that can store MP3 files and allows you to pause and resume a radio broadcast
The center stack's flush-capped audio cluster is effortless to understand and use.
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All this goodness doesn't come cheap
the Cruze wins as far as feel, features, and driver-friendliness
The Chevrolet Cruze already had a feature set that was in line with that of a more expensive mid-size sedan, not a compact. But it the Cruze feature set just got even better for 2013, especially with respect to connectivity and infotainment.
GM is introducing the Chevrolet MyLink system to the 2013 Cruze. MyLink, which is a system based around a color touch screen, as well as voice commands, will be of interest to busy parents, as well as younger shoppers who want to take their smartphone connectivity everywhere they go, seamlessly. The system permits voice control for hands-free calling, music, and radio functions, as well as Gracenote functionality to grab playlist and album-art information. There are also Pandora and Stitcher apps that let you stream music while using your smartphone's data connection. MyLink is included on Cruze 2LT, Eco, and LTZ models, and optional on 1LT.
A touch-screen navigation system remains optional on the LTZ. But all Cruze models include a six-month subscription to OnStar's Directions and Connections services. Through the latter service, which requires a subscription after an intro period, an operator answers and beams navigation directions to the car. Once the directions are in, the vehicle will correct if you miss another turn. Overall, it's a feature that we've found tremendously useful.
Standard equipment even on the base Cruze LS includes keyless entry, power accessories, air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system with auxiliary input. Mid-range LT models add items like a USB port, Bluetooth, and remote start, while the LTZ gets automatic climate control, heated mirrors, park assist, and a snazzier gauge cluster, 18-inch flangeless alloy wheels, as well as optional heated seats.
Mid-level LT models are split into 1LT and 2LT, confusingly. The 1LT adds chrome wheels and power rearview mirrors, while the 2LT brings 16-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, cruise control, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, and steering-wheel audio controls.
Updated infotainment brings the Cruze even closer to the top of the compact class for 2013.