2013 Chevrolet Cruze Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has one of the most comfortable interiors among compact sedans, If seating and cargo space are priorities, this should be one of your top picks, as the Cruze has them in abundance.

At about 181 inches long, the Cruze would have been considered a mid-size car not too long ago; and in terms of interior space, it feels the part even by today's standards. Seating in front and in back is well-designed, with a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes to a wide range of positions, so this small sedan can fit even the largest or lankiest occupants. The standard manual seat in the Cruze is height- and tilt-adjustable, while the power seats on the LT2 and LTZ models accommodate a wide range of drivers. The Cruze easily surpasses the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla for usable interior space, while the seats themselves are better than those in the Hyundai Elantra. Tall drivers will find that only the Volkswagen Jetta comes close for front-seat legroom.

The Cruze feels almost mid-sized, with excellent interior space and trunk room.

Look to the backseat, and it's what reveals the Cruze as a compact. While it rivals some mid-sizers for legroom, it's not all that wide—and not wide enough for three adults. Also, the rather short rear doors make it a little harder to get in than it should be. But for those in front or in back, the relatively low beltline makes it more comfortable—and eliminates the need for the Dramamine.

Cargo space and versatility is strong; the trunk is a huge (for a compact) 15.4 cubic feet, with a large underfloor compartment on most models, and seats fold forward to expand trunk space.

The 2013 Cruze again feels more like a mid-size sedan when it comes to refinement. The Cruze feels more mature and upscale compared to many of its rivals this size, with triple door seals, acoustical headliner materials, nylon baffles in the body panels, and special engine mounts. And thanks to it all, there's not much road noise inside.

Opt for the Cruze Eco model and its 42-mpg highway rating, and you'll get a number of small changes to cut weight and maximize fuel economy. You'll give up the other models' Watt's linkage (Z-link) rear suspenaion—yielding more body motion during quick maneuvers—and you do get a little more road noise.

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