The Chevrolet Cruze VS the Competition
When it Comes to Compact Cars, You Can Have Your Cake AND Eat it too! The Cruze Combines Fun, Affordability, and Technology into One Package!
The Chevrolet Cruze vs Honda Civic
The Honda Civic has long been one of the front runners of the compact, economical car, but a certain newer vehicle that wears a bright bowtie on its grill has quickly caught up and is giving the long time standard a good run for it’s money.
Speaking of money, that’s one thing you’ll save a lot of when choosing a Chevrolet Cruze over the Honda Civic. When comparing the base models (LX for Honda, L for Chevrolet) the Cruze is close to $1000 less on invoice and several of the important features that come standard on the Cruze, you won’t find on the Civic.
For example, the Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with navigation and telematics, the Civic does not! Well, the Civic can come with navigation; it comes standard in a trim level that is close to $4000 more expensive than the base model. The Cruze also has an onboard hands-free communication system, something that the Civic lacks as standard equipment.
One of the great safety features of the Chevrolet Cruze that is not present in the Civic is it’s rear body air bag system as well as standard rear child safety locks. So not only are you entertained in the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, but you’re also that much safer when compared to the Honda Civic. It’s also a great vehicle for the city as you have the option to put the rear seats down to aid in transporting things that won’t fit entirely in the trunk.
While the Honda Civic doesn’t really have many options of engines, this is one place where the Chevrolet Cruze excels as it has the option to choose a diesel engine instead of the typical gasoline engine. What’s so great about a diesel engine options? Well for one, in a passenger vehicle, those engines tend to get much better fuel economy, but diesel engines are known for their longevity.
So when you’re in the market for a fuel efficient, fun to drive vehicle that’s safe and will last, the Chevrolet Cruze is your best choice!
The Chevrolet Cruze vs Ford Focus
Since 1998 the Ford Focus has been a compact force to be reckoned with in it’s respective class of vehicles. While there have been similar competitors from overseas producing vehicles that stand toe to toe with the Focus, back home in the states, it has been quiet… Until now! Chevrolet recently redesigned it’s compact 4 door sedan, the Cruze and along with the redesign to make it look more sporty and stylish, it also added a whole boatload of features making it a fantastic value for the money. Let’s see how the two stack up to each other.
While both compacts are neck and neck on many features, the Cruze does stand out on several added bonuses that boost its attractiveness. For starters, the Focus has drum backs in the rear, while the Cruze has four-wheel disc brakes. We’re not saying drum brakes are bad… but there’s a reason you see them less and less these days (disc brakes have better stopping ability, can handle technology like ABS far better, etc…). So while you’ll feel safer knowing you’ll have better stopping power, what about go power?!?
The Cruze comes equipped with the smaller 1.4L four cylinder, but only pumped out 7 fewer horses than the Ford’s 2.0L four cylinder (Cruze at 153hp vs Focus at 160hp) but interestingly enough, the smaller power plant in the Chevrolet pumps out more torque than the blue oval’s engine. Comparing the two in the torque department, the Chevy pumps out 177ft-lbs compared to the Focus at 146 ft-lbs.
So what about fuel economy? Since these two vehicles are compact, lightweight and economical, it is understood that fuel efficiency is one of the biggest contributing factors as to why people buy these types of vehicles. In this case, the Chevrolet Cruze wins the fuel economy battle. Getting up to 29MPG in the city and 41MPG on the highway, compared to Ford’s 26MPG in the city and 36MPG on the highway.
When you consider everything the Cruze has that the Focus doesn’t (and let’s be real here, the Cruze is a stylish looking ride) you would think that the Cruze would be thousands of dollars more! Not the case! In fact when comparing prices of the Cruze L sedan and the Focus S sedan, the Focus comes in (based on MSRP) about $600 more. It was a nice run for the Focus, but the new domestic compact vehicle with the most has been handed to Chevrolet!