Handsome new look; larger interior with better materials; impressive array of technology; improved 4-cylinder offers great gas mileage
Interior still not as large as some rivals; sad to see the diesel model gone; steering feels a little numb
The Cruze is fully redesigned for 2016. Highlights include new interior and exterior styling, a long list of new features and an updated powertrain lineup that's been trimmed to just one engine. See the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze models for sale near you
If we were getting a Cruze, we'd choose an LT with the Convenience package and a few safety options. For less than $25,000, you'll have a well-equipped small car with a standout design, an upscale interior and an impressive array of convenience and safety technology. Find a Chevrolet Cruze for sale
The Cruze comes in four trim levels: the L, LS, LT and Premier. L models are only offered with the 6-speed manual transmission, while the Premier is only available with the 6-speed automatic. LS and LT models come standard with the manual and offer the automatic as an option. All Cruze trim levels only offer front-wheel drive.
The base-level, stick shift-only Cruze L ($17,500) comes standard with air conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, Bluetooth, a backup camera, power accessories, a 4-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, OnStar with a Wi-Fi hot spot and a 7-in center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The LS ($19,000) adds only a front center armrest and carpeted floor mats but also allows drivers to order the automatic transmission, which is $1,000 extra.
Step up to the LT ($20,700), and you get 16-in alloy wheels, steering-wheel-mounted phone and audio controls, cruise control, LED running lights, satellite radio and a 6-speaker stereo. The LT also offers a Convenience package with keyless ignition and a push-button starter, a power driver's seat, heated front seats and a remote engine starter.
Topping the range is the Premier ($24,000), which comes standard with both an automatic transmission and the LT's Convenience package. The Premier also includes larger alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery.
Other options (mostly for the LT and Premier) include an 8-in center touchscreen, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system, heated rear seats, automatic climate control, a wireless-device charging system, a full-color driver information center, a power sunroof and a long list of safety options including rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, rear parking sensors and a blind spot monitoring system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 visits|
2016 Honda Civic -- The Civic is among the best models in this class, touting standout styling, a high-class interior, a lot of the latest equipment and features, and impressive interior room.
2017 Hyundai Elantra -- The 2017 Elantra is fully redesigned and earns a spot near the top of the class thanks to a handsome look, a smooth, comfortable ride, a long list of high-tech features and a reassuring 10-year warranty.
2016 Mazda3 -- The spry Mazda3 is among the sportiest models in this segment, and it's also one of the most technologically advanced. As a bonus, the Mazda3 is also offered as a practical 5-door hatchback.
Used Chevrolet Malibu -- If you like the Cruze's design and technology, you might also want to consider Chevrolet's latest Malibu, which features more of the same in a larger package. It's pricier than the Cruze, though, which means you may want to consider a used model.