Comparing Compacts: The 2016 Chevy Cruze vs. the Competition
The completely redesigned 2016 Chevy Cruze is slated to arrive at dealerships across the nation very soon, and we are one Chevrolet dealer that is very excited! The Chevy Cruze has been offering up a unique take on the compact car segment since 2009, and with its second generation finally becoming available, we have been on pins and needles waiting to get behind the wheel of one.
New Features for the 2016 Cruze
Chevrolet has packed the new Cruze with tons of new features for 2016. While some of these will be optional, a good deal of them will be included as standard fare. The compact sedan also received a much anticipated style makeover, featuring a more modern and sleek look for 2016.
Chevrolet first announced their intention of releasing a newly redesigned Cruze last year, with specific details emerging in late June 2015. From everything we have read and seen, the bowtie brand poured their heart and soul into ensuring that this version of the Cruze was the best compact car this industry has ever seen.
Building from the 2015 model year, the redesigned Cruze offers a long list of new features that range from performance oriented, to technology based. Let’s take a look at some of the areas that the 2016 Cruze has improved on, and what we can expect out of this compact crossover when it arrives at DePaula Chevrolet in the coming months.
Bigger is Better:
Especially in the compact car segment where space is limited, the mentality of bigger is better is certainly important. The larger wheelbase stretches the Cruze to 106.3-inches, which accounts for class-leading size in the compact car segment. This increased wheelbase adds interior cabin space for expanded rear seat legroom as well as added knee room.
Lighter and More Efficient:
Despite its class-leading wheelbase size, the new Cruze also sheds over 250 pounds for 2016. This reduction in weight adds to the car’s overall efficiency, safely, and agility. Drivers will immediately feel the difference that this 250 pound deficient results in, both behind the wheel and at the pump. The EPA-estimated fuel economy on the new 2016 Cruze is impressive to say the least. At 40 mpg on the highway, the Cruze can travel up to 530 miles on a single tank of gas. The standard stop/start technology included on the new Cruze also helps with this rating. With gas prices at their lowest in over a decade, this is certainly a cost saving measure we appreciate.
New Standard Performance:
The Cruze features a brand new 1.4-liter Turbocharged engine with direct injection technology on the base model. This new engine comes paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission, or drivers can opt to upgrade to the available six-speed automatic. Either way, the new Cruze promises ultimate driving performance.
New Safety Features:
Adding new safety features to the second generation Cruze was a no-brainer for Chevrolet. Aside from offering more standard safety features than the competition such as 10 airbags, four-wheel disc brakes, and a rearview camera, the Cruze also offers a list of optional advanced safety features for 2016. Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Forward Collision Alert, are all new safety offerings on the second generation Chevy Cruze.
New Available Features:
The next-generation Chevy Cruze offers more available features than ever before. With available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a wireless phone charging station, heated rear leather seats, and a heated steering wheel, this Chevy Cruze model has the potential to keep you fully connected, while insanely comfortable.
Next-Generation MyLink System:
For the 2016 Cruze, Chevrolet is including its most advanced version of the MyLink infotainment center across all trim levels. The standard 7-inch color touch screen display can be upgraded to an eight-inch, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will keep your smartphone connected on the go.
How it Stacks Up to the Competition
The 2016 Cruze may not be available for purchase quite yet, but its promise of advancement has even the toughest competition nervous. As it goes with any Chevrolet comparison, the most hotly contested nameplate to put up against the new Cruze, is the Ford Focus.
Also a compact car, the 2016 Ford Focus is one of the more popular options in the segment. The Ford Focus’s immediate disadvantage against the new Cruze, is that it hasn’t received any major updates for six years. Still stuck in its third generation that was first introduced in 2010, the Ford Focus is majorly stuck in the past.
Another big difference between these two compacts, is price. Despite the Ford Focus being six years behind the times, it has a higher starting MSRP than the completely redesigned Cruze. Starting at $17,775, the Focus comes in over $1,000 more than the 2016 Cruze. This extra up front cost is further compounded when comparing fuel economy ratings. While the new Cruze manages up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway, the Focus tops out at just 36. It may not seem like a big deal, but even four points in an EPA fuel economy rating can mean more stops at the pump, and less money in your wallet.
In the technological sense, the new Chevy Cruze is also ahead of the Focus. While Ford only offers its SYNC infotainment system as an optional feature with an extra cost, Chevrolet includes its newest version of MyLink on all Cruze models. Not only does Ford charge extra for its SYNC system, it also adds an additional cost on top of it, for drivers who want the latest SYNC3 edition. If technology and cost savings are important to you, you can put one more star next to the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.
As we detailed earlier, the 2016 Cruze offers up the largest wheelbase in its class. That means that the Cruze is longer, and roomier than the Ford Focus. The Focus has a total wheelbase length that comes in exactly two-inches under the Cruze, which may not seem like a lot on paper, but that difference will certainly be felt when your knees are scrunched behind the front passenger seat in the Focus.
Bottom line: The 2016 Chevy Cruze is the better choice. It is more affordable, more efficient, and offer a newer, more modern styling than the Focus. It’s longer wheelbase feels more like a sedan, and less like a compact. For a segment that can get quite smooshed, it is refreshing to see a model offering that promises space as well as value.
The New Cruze is Available Soon
The 2016 Chevy Cruze is slated to arrive in dealerships this spring. While we can’t give you an exact day and time, we promise to keep you up to date on its arrival as soon as we know more. Until then, you can come down to DePaula Chevrolet and take the 2016 Cruze Limited model for a test drive, or see the rest of Chevrolet’s very capable lineup.
Whether you are in the market for a compact car like the Cruze, or need something a little larger, the Chevrolet lineup offers complete versatility across the board. It is a brand that we represent proudly at DePaula Chevrolet, not because we have to, but because we want to.