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For R$ 55 thousand, Chevrolet Cruze with 1.8 16V engine beats current sedans in the Brazilian automotive market 

Written by Valdemar Medeiros
Published 15/05/2024 às 22:47
For R$ 55 thousand, Chevrolet Cruze with 1.8 16V engine beats current sedans in the Brazilian automotive market
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Are you looking for a used car that offers great comfort and performance? The Chevrolet Cruze sedan presents very interesting options with prices below R$60.

The Cruze was launched on the Brazilian automotive market at the end of 2011 as a 2012 model, to replace the retired Vectra, which could no longer compete with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. In this generation, Chevrolet's midsize sedan is equipped with a 1.8 Ecotec flex engine, capable of generating up to 144 hp and 18,9 kgfm of torque. The model offers manual or automatic transmission options, both with six gears.

Advantages of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan over rivals

With great internal space and equipment, the used Chevrolet Cruze sedan can currently be found for a price equivalent to half of a Onix Plus New, the brand's compact sedan.

In terms of equipment, even the simplest version comes with air conditioning, electric steering, speed controller, four airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD), among other items.

The most complete LTZ It adds leather seats, electrically folding exterior mirrors, two curtain airbags, rear parking sensor, push-button start, multimedia system and integrated GPS navigator with a 7-inch screen.

For the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze sedan line, the front assembly was redesigned and gained LED daytime running lights. Another visible change came from the new set of 17-inch wheels. The Ecotec 1.8 16V engine, despite having maintained the power and torque numbers, was recalibrated to gain greater performance during acceleration.

Another change took place in the GF6-2 gearbox, which now makes exchanges 50% faster. About to gain the second generation, in 2015, the Cruze would also receive the OnStar system, with various connectivity, information, security and emergency services. Even in this last year of the first generation, the manual transmission was no longer offered.

Points to note when purchasing a Chevrolet Cruze used

Despite having several advantages, there are some points that should be analyzed when purchasing the Chevrolet Cruze sedan. In first generation models, the driver's seat may make noises, a problem that becomes more common in newer models.

The noise usually occurs in the passenger seat when no one is sitting in it. Furthermore, the valve cover diaphragm is quite fragile and tears easily, regardless of maintenance. The piece is not very expensive, costing around R$120 for an original. As soon as you notice something strange, replace it immediately to avoid further damage.

There are also numerous complaints about the Cruze's automatic transmission, especially in the first few years of production. Locks and freezes are some of the most critical problems highlighted by owners.

You need to make sure that the Cruze you are purchasing was one of the units called in to have the fuel filter replaced and the driver's airbag replaced. To do this, simply access the brand's website and type in the 17 characters, including letters and numbers, that make up the chassis.

What is the most recommended version of the Chevrolet Cruze?

With a focus on more agility and better performance, without a doubt, the best options for the Chevrolet Cruze sedan are those equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

However, it is important to emphasize that the buyer will have to give up the comfort of automatic transmissions, however, on the other hand, they will have less concern with the maintenance of the controversial automatic transmission.

Furthermore, the mechanical options of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan tend, logically, to be more economical. It is possible to find units starting at R$55 thousand in the main used car sales websites, with a good equipment package.

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Valdemar Medeiros

Journalist in training, specialist in creating content with a focus on SEO actions. Writes about the Automotive Industry, Renewable Energy and Science and Technology

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