I can attest to this because sometimes I have to move my car if I am behind my daughter's or wife's car and my driveway is a hill and so if I put the turn the key on without starting the car I can coast down onto the other side of the street and park there without starting the car. Comes in handy and saves a cold start/stop on the car.Eddy,
The gen 1 Cruze will continue to steer without the engine running. You may not have power assist but the car won't lock the steering either as long as the key is in the ignition. The car's brakes also work.