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The Chevy Cruze Is the Best Compact Car You Can Buy, According to Consumer Reports

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If you're in the market for a compact car, you're spoiled for choice. You, like many Americans, may be tempted to go for the tried and true option of the Civic or Corolla, because of their legendary reliability and the fact that everyone you know probably has one one. But according to Consumer Reports, you'd be making the wrong choice -- because they say that the best compact car you can buy right now is the Chevy Cruze.

The proudly impartial Consumer Reports praised the Chevy Cruze for having a smooth ride and a very quiet interior for its class, making the car feel much larger and more "grown up" compared to other compact models -- specifically calling out the Civic and Corolla. Consumer Reports also liked the Cruze for its ability to get 47 miles per gallon on the highway, and the fact that it can come really well equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment. They even praised the Cruze's reliability, saying it was "solid right out of the gate."

This is an important award for Chevy. The fact that the publication passed over the usual Japanese suspects in favor of an American compact car is a rarity, and it shows how far General Motors has come from its pre-bailout days. Chevy is currently making some genuinely good cars throughout their lineup -- cars that are really worth checking out.

Even though Consumer Reports can catch flak from enthusiasts for approaching cars with a stoic outlook at times, they do make a real effort to be free of bias. They buy all of the cars they test, as opposed to getting them as loaners like many of the magazines, and they put a big emphasis on empirical data. For that reason, their rankings should be respected, and therefore their conclusions about the Cruze should be respected as well. And even if you don't think the Cruze is better than, say, the latest Civic or the Mazda3, you have to admit it's finally up there -- near the top of one of the most competitive segments in the car industry.

Chevy, now you just need to give us an SS version.

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