Topshot by Sally Torchinsky
Hey, did you hear? The every one of brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will certainly grab up to 42 mpg highway! Are you excited? Since Chevrolet is very excited that their every one of brand-new Cruze that has actually regarding the exact same MPG ratings as a 2012 Mazda3.
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze looks to be a quite great automobile for somebody looking for an affordable compact sedan. This week Chevrolet released a statement that the Cruze will certainly attain up to 42 MPG highway and 30 MPG city. quite impressive figures as quickly as you think about the last Cruze just managed 38 MPG highway and 26 MPG in the city. (Of course, if you opted for the Eco model along with some fancy aero flaps and low-rolling resistance tires, you could eke out an additional 1 or 2 MPG.)
All this newfound efficiency is obtained through a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Chevy likewise claims that it was able to locate 250 pounds of weight savings from the previous Cruze.
Chevy is rapid to point out that the brand-new Cruze will certainly be much more efficient compared to a few of the various other compact cars in the class.
The Cruze’s EPA-estimated 42-mpg highway rating for L, LS and LT models rivals its competition. It tops competitors such as Focus along with a four-cylinder (40 mpg hwy), Nissan Sentra FE (40 mpg hwy), Mazda3 (41 mpg hwy), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg hwy) and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg hwy – non-hybrid)
However, the brand conveniently leaves out the 2 ideal selling compact cars in that segment: the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Toyota manages to grab 40 MPG highway and 30 MPG city from the Eco trim, however does so along with just 140 horsepower, so Chevy takes the gain there.
But on the various other hand, the 2016 Honda Civic will certainly grab 42 on the highway and 31 MPG in the city as quickly as equipped along with the 1.5 liter turbo motor that puts out 174 horsepower, however just 163 lb-ft of torque. This engine is offered in the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trims.
Of course, the Cruze begins at a reduced rate point along with a beginning MSRP of $17,495 (L trim along with manual transmission) and comes standard along with the 1.4 liter turbo. While the Civic begins at $19,475 for an LX along with a manual and you are stuck along with the naturally aspirated 158 horsepower, 2.0 liter motor that achieves 40 MPG highway and 27 city.
What I locate especially curious is as quickly as you begin moving up the in the trim levels and begin tacking on options. Load up a 2016 Cruze Premier Automatic along with points such as a sunroof, navigation, and advanced safety features and you will certainly max the rate at $28,640. Chevy likewise notes that every one of that added gear will certainly pull down the efficiency a little bit to 40 MPG highway.
A fully equipped Honda Civic Touring along with sunroof, Navigation, and advanced safety features, will certainly sustain its 42 MPG highway rating and max out at $27,335.
We drove the 2016 Civic and it is quite fantastic. Maybe the Cruze will certainly be merely as good, however I’m not surprised why Chevrolet chose to exclude the Civic from its grand statement.
The 2016 Cruze is a great automobile and is definitely and improvement over the previous generation. I imagine it will certainly locate a couple of customers as soon as Chevrolet and the dealerships throw in their discounts to steal sales from Ford and the Asian brands.
However, as quickly as Chevrolet has actually engineers that can easily make points enjoy the Camaro and Corvette that outperform and undercut cars that expense a lot more, the 2016 Cruze doesn’t appear every one of that impressive.