2016 Chevy Cruze Sedan Starts at $17,495, Undercuts the Civic by Two Grand

Chevrolet has officially announced U.S. pricing for the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan. The diversity of the model range has been significantly streamlined, resulting in a price cut. Depending on the trim level, prices range from $17,495 to $23,995 including destination.
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A superficial look at rival models might lead you to think that they are cheaper. For example, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,250, but once you include shipping, the price goes up to $18,075. The same is true for the Toyota Corolla ($18,065) and especially for the 2016 Honda Civic LX (19,475). However, the Ford Focus Sedan costs about the same as this new American contender.

By undercutting the popular Civic sedan’s price by nearly $2,000, Chevrolet ensures that its new Cruze will sell well. However, the company wasn't stingy with equipment either.

All grades come with standard Chevrolet MyLink radio, with a 7-inch screen that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The LT models get a bigger 8-inch screen with navigation.

The place where you're getting less than expected is under the hood, as the only engine available is a 1.4-liter turbo delivering 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque of gas-fed reasonableness. The LS and LT trim levels are available with automatic gearboxes for $1,000 extra. But no matter the transmission you go for, Chevy says it will return 40 mpg highway. Hopefully, those are Toyota mpg numbers and not Hyundai ones.

As you may or may not know, the Cruze is based on GM's new D2XX platform shared with the Volt. It's grown 0.6 inches (15mm) while adding 2.7 inches (69 mm) of overall length at 183.7 inches (4,666 mm). Despite being bigger, the 2016 Cruze is lighter by 250 lbs (113 kg).

“The Cruze’s chassis system is perhaps the most mass-efficient in the segment,” said Ron Arnesen, executive chief engineer. “It is at the core of the car’s dynamic driving character, which is designed to deliver fun with an enhanced feeling of connectivity.”
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