Until the diesel-powered Cruze comes to the party, the 1.4 EcoTec will have to do. Then again, 570 miles (917 kilometers) on a full tank is a proper bragging right. The best the competition has to offer is 41 mpg (Mazda3) and 40 mpg (Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Focus).
Other than the extremely efficient engine, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is approximately 250 lbs (113 kg) lighter than the previous generation. Stop/start technology bolsters efficiency in the urban jungle, where the Cruze 1.4 EcoTec returns 30 mpg (7.8 l/100 km). That is a decent figure for a decent compact sedan, as highlighted by Consumer Reports.
The most connected car in its class boasts 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and standard goodies such as 10 airbags. If you’re willing to go higher than the entry-level L grade ($16,620 sans destination), you’re offered a range of safety features that includes side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.
For those who’d prefer five doors instead of four, the Cruze hatchback is set to make its appearance this fall.