When it comes to vehicles, practicality comes in many forms. In terms of economics, it most likely means that you’re selecting a vehicle which might be less aspiration, but fits well within the confines of your allowable budget. In terms of utility, it comes in the form of a vehicle’s suitability to adapt to the unique demands of your lifestyle. And this can be expanded to incorporate such understandably important characteristics as fuel economy.
And that’s all nice and well, but let’s be honest, practicality can also be boring. And practicality in a vehicle can conjure thoughts of ‘settling’ as if you’re accepting some kind of consolation prize. With this in mind, it’s probably no surprise that Toyota and Honda have reinvigorated their mainstay sedans, and Ford is wiping the slate clean in the coming years, and starting from scratch.
But Chevy’s evolved lineup is a different story. Economically priced and wisely-tiered, nearly every car offering speaks to practicality. And despite the consistency of their core design philosophy, each model boasts a unique identity all it’s own. And boy, does Chevy ‘get it right’ more than it doesn’t. The 2019 Chevy Cruze is a perfect example of that.
Whether opting for the sedan or hatchback, the Cruze injects that sense of practicality with a sporty design and Chevy’s signature wealth of technology. Available in 10 inspired colors, from Kinetic Blue and Red Hot to the refined Pepperdust and bold Cajun Red, there are a wide range of cosmetic options to choose from.
But consider the appeal of a 52 (highway) mpg range thanks to its turbodiesel engine. With a 1.4 or 1.6-liter ECOTEC turbocharged 4-liter diesel engine, the Cruze can wrangle up to 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A confident performer, it’s bound to feel right for everyone from daily commuters to urban adventurers. Practicality always feels good when it exists in terms of both economy and ecology, but doing so with no perceptible compromise in comfort or technology makes it feel even better. With a starting MSRP of $16,975 that’s where the Cruze excels. Sure, it’s a practical choice, but it delivers in ways that many cars within the same price range don’t. Automakers are hard-pressed to beat Chevy in this regard, and the Cruze serves as a perfect example of their success.
The 2019 Chevy Cruze – A Closer Look
Interested in taking a closer look at some of Chevy’s immediate successes coming into the 2019 model year? Here’s a quick look at the Cruze, alongside its stablemates the Spark and Malibu. While we hate to judge any vehicle on looks alone, sometimes it’s nice just to drink it all in. If you like what you see, we recommend you dive deeper. You won’t be disappointed…even if you’re looking for something “practical.”