The lone comment on the video, posted under the username Tesla Roadster, is an inquisitive, almost dismissive “Why?”.
The idea of tuning the Chevrolet Cruze—the compact runabout General Motors discontinued producing this very week—seems odd. The Cruze is a stylish, practical, and fuel-efficient. It’s the anthesis to the other high-high-horsepower performance cars lurking in GM’s lineup. However, the very existence of the aftermarket cat-back exhaust from MagnaFlow should quell any disbelievers that such a modification is unnecessary. A company with profit margins, revenue streams, and expenditures wouldn’t design and produce a product that wouldn’t sell, so there are Chevrolet Cruze owners out there looking to spice up their compact.
MagnaFlow’s aftermarket cat-back exhaust, which is only available for a Chevrolet Cruze with the 1.4-liter gasoline engine, replaces the once hidden exhaust tip, tucked under the rear bumper with 3.5-inch polished stainless steel double-wall tip. It looks high-quality and adds a bit a pizzazz to Cruze’s otherwise subdued appearance. The muffler, positioned further under the vehicle near the catalytic converter, is also stainless steel, measuring five inches in diameter. The video offers a listen to the stock exhaust and the aftermarket exhaust, too. While the buzzing burbles won’t please everyone, there is a noticeable improvement over the OEM system. The system features 2.25-inch piping and 409 stainless steel. A quick search of MagnaFlow’s website shows the exhaust is on backorder until April 3. So, there’s at least some demand out there for a better sounding Cruze.
Criticizing the aftermarket choice of others is, sadly, common in the automotive community. It may seem odd for someone to spend money modifying a Chevrolet Cruze, but there’s a passion behind those decisions. Our connection with cars is personal and is sometimes unexplainable. People like what they like, and have no trouble shelling out a few hundred dollars for a minor improvement in the exhaust note and appearance.