We have written extensively about Chevy Cruze. There are many questions that you can ask about this car. Today we will discuss the information that you need to choose the right tires or rims to fit your Cruze. We’ll be looking at the bolt patterns for each generation. Let’s begin with a short answer:
All Chevy Cruzes with a gasoline engine have an overall bolt pattern of 5×4.134′ (105mm x 55mm) and a 2.22” center bore (56.6mm). The bolt pattern for the diesel engines is 5×4.53’s (5x115mm) and has a centre bore of 2.76″ (70.2mm). Five lug nuts have a thread size M12x1.5 and must be tightened using 103 lbft (140Nm).
But that’s not the end of the story. We have provided more information below on the bolt pattern for each generation. We discuss the specific lugs and bolts used, the diameter of the central bore hub, as well as the torque specifications for the bolts. We also provide information on the exact size of each engine’s rim and tire sizes. This will allow you to know exactly what you can and can’t buy. Continue reading!
Specifications for Wheel Fitment Per Generation
You need to be familiar with more than the bolt pattern in order to properly fit a wheel on your Cruze. We’ve listed all of the important factors for each Cruze generation below. These factors include the center bore diameter, wheel tightening force, whether lug nuts are used and the thread size for the bolts.
Also, we want to make it clear that the specifications listed below are the same for all models in that generation. There are many options for the Cruze. These bolt patterns, lugs and torque specifications are the same for all models in a generation.
We also provided information about the exact size of each rim and tire for each engine option, so you have a clear idea of which tires you can and cannot purchase.
2009 – 2012 (Generation I)
- Cruze models with a 1.5L or 1.8L engine have a standard size tire of 205/65R15 or 205/60R16, or 215/50R17 with either a 6.5Jx15 ET39, or 6.5Jx16ET39 rim.
- A Cruze equipped with a 2.0L engine has a standard tire size 205/60R16, 225/50R17, and a rim size 6.5Jx16 ET41.
2012 – 2014 & 2015 – 2018 (Facelift I)
- A Cruze equipped with a 1.5L engine has a standard tire size 215/60R16, or 215/55R17. It also comes with a rim size of either 6.5Jx16 ET39 OR 7Jx17ET42.
- A Cruze equipped with a 1.8L engine has a standard tire size 215/60R16, and a wheel size of 6.5Jx16ET39.
- A Cruze equipped with a 2.0L engine has a standard tire size 215/55R17, and a rim size 7Jx17 ET44.
2016 – 2021 (Generation II)
- A Cruze equipped with a 1.5L engine has a standard tire size 195/65R15 or 205/55R16, or 225/45R17 with an rim size of 6Jx15ET41, 7Jx16ET41 or 7.5Jx17ET44.
- A Cruze equipped with a 1.6L engine has a standard tire size 205/55R16, and a wheel size 7Jx16 ET41.
2021 – Present (Facelift II).
- A 1.4L engine Cruze has a standard tire size 215/50R17, and a rim size 7Jx17 ET44.
Bolts to tighten
You can see that all Cruze models have five lug nuts. After your wheel is replaced, you need to ensure that the lug nuts are properly tightened. The Cruze’s owner’s manual states that the lug nuts should not be tightened in a crisscross pattern, as shown in this image.
Then, tighten them thoroughly in a second round. This will ensure that all lug nuts have been tightened evenly. The wheel lugs should be tightened to the Nm specified earlier.
Your wheel may also have a cover or center cap. This should be tightened after tightening all bolts. After tightening all five caps, turn the wheel wrench one-quarter turn to tighten them.
After 30 miles (48 km), you need to do another safety check. You should make sure all lug nuts have been secured and the pressure is maintained. If they are not tightened properly, tighten them again and check them again after the same amount of miles.
When and why to rotate/change tires?
It is important to be able to identify the exact times to rotate and change your tires if you are looking to replace them. As shown in the image below, you should change a tire whenever the tread wear indicators begin to become visible. If the tread is less than 1.6mm (1/16 inch), this means that the tire needs to be replaced. This applies to most Chevy Cruze tires. They need to be changed every 60,000-75,000 miles, or 4-5 years.
Rotating tires is another time you will need to remove the lug nuts. According to the Chevy Cruze’s owner’s manual, tires should be rotated once every 7500 miles (12,000 km). It is recommended that the tires be rotated in the same way as shown in the below image. The front tires should be moved to the rear, and the back tires should be moved to the front. You can then switch sides.