1> Usually you want to shy away from the first MY of a vehicleThere are 3 used gen 2 hatchbacks available that I'm gravitated towards. The alternative for me is a 2016 Sonata. Corolla is out because I find it boring. Civic is out because I hate the outside and inside. Elantra is too cramped in the back, and it doesn't excite me. Accord and Camry are made of gold and are stupid expensive. Forte haven't looked yet,. but it looks too simpleton. So I keep on coming back to the Cruze. Consumer Reports shows the 2nd gen 2016+ (excluding the Limited which is 1st gen built from left over parts) is good. JD Power shows it's good. Various magazines say it's good. Lots of people in forums are positive about it. So, it really does look like the 2nd gen is a winner!
But I'd love to see some of this clarified / solidified, so I summarized some questions:
1) Is a 2nd gen 2016+ Cruze hatchback a wise choice?
2) Is it reliable?
3) Does that power train warranty protect me from any mechanical problems that are responsible for getting the car to move (including the turbo)?
4) Is it being made in Mexico a problem?
5) Is it a bad idea to do the Trifecta thing?
6) Does it suck for short cold runs in cold climates?
7) Are other people using it with people in the back seat a lot.
8) How many miles are people getting out if, and how does it compare with other brands in that aspect?
9) What's considered high mileage enough where it starts to develop problems?
10) What would you pick between a 2016 Sonata and 2018 Cruze hatchback with the same mileage and at the same cost, and why?
3> The big stuff
4> Not really from a maintenance perspective
5> Depends on why you want it. Is possibly voiding he warranty something you are afraid of? If not, by all means go for it.
6> The Gen I is as it is very thermally efficient, not sure about the Gen II
7> I use my Gen I with the kids all the time, and I think the back is bigger in the Gen II