Why the Chevy Cruze Will Be The Car For You

October 9th, 2015 by


Chevrolet took the web by storm a few month ago when they announced their new 2016 Cruze via a press release. What made the announcement go viral? Well, the press release was composed solely of emojis. That is right… emojis.

The brand has continually tried their best to market towards millennials, and their new vehicle will feature everything a 20-something could ever want in a car. The compact Cruze is light, long, fast, powerful, fuel efficient and includes Wi-Fi capabilities.

Wait, isn’t that what most car buyers are seeking in a new vehicle? Why, that’s correct! While advertisements and marketing for the 2016 Cruze have been focused on appealing to a specific demographic, the vehicle is truly a logical ride for any consumer, regardless of age.

If you’re considering purchasing a from an Albany Chevrolet dealer, you may want to hold off for a couple of months. After all, the Cruze should be released sometime in early 2016. Until then, check out some interesting facts on the car…

The Cruze is Lighter, Yet More Powerful


The car is light, but it also has a powerful punch. Chevy worked to cut down the vehicle’s curb weight, but they made sure they didn’t compromise any of the car’s power. Based on the early reviews, the company was successful in these endeavors.

A lighter architecture has resulted in a significant, 250-pound curb weight drop (based on estimates). This is partly due to the company’s inclusion of aluminum, which is a very light metal. The aluminum is used in the suspension system to “optimize weight and handling characteristics,” as Matt Swider of TechRadar.com says.

Incredibly, despite the drop in curb weight, the vehicle’s other specs somehow improved. Despite the inclusion of a smaller, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (as opposed to the previous 1.8-liter engine), that car’s max horsepower jumps from 138 (2015) to 153 (2016). The Cruze’s torque also increases, as it goes from 148 lbs-ft to 177 lbs-ft.

The car should have no issue with performance, as the peak twist can be called up between 2,000 and 4,000 RPM, and the car’s 0-60 time is around eight seconds, which is similar to last year’s acceleration.

It’s a Bigger Vehicle


Wait, it’s lighter and bigger? Even with the 250-pound drop in curb weight, the 2016 model is significantly larger than it’s predecessor.

The Cruze’s 106.3-inch sheet metal wheelbase is the longest in the segment, and it’s almost an inch longer than the 2015 model. The new body design will decrease the coefficient of drag to just 0.29, which is comparable to last year’s number.

The length increases from 181 inches to 183.7 inches, and the 2016 model is nearly an inch lower than last year’s Cruze. While this will result in a tangible (but unnoticeable) drop in headroom, it will increase the rear legroom from 35.4 inches to 36.1 inches.

It’s Very Fuel Efficient


The Cruze’s new 1.4-liter engine gives the vehicle some eye-popping fuel economy. The 40 miles per gallon on the highway is an appreciated boost from last year’s 35 mpg highway. Furthermore, the car is estimated to cover nearly 530 miles on a single tank. This is all while running on basic, 87-octane fuel.


As you can see, the 2016 Cruze doesn’t just appeal to millenials… it appeals to everybody! If you’re seeking a car that has a luxurious interior, an improved body, and solid specs across the board, you should probably opt for Chevy’s newest vehicle. If that’s the route you’re going to take, head down to DePaula Chevy to get started on your purchase today!

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