The all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will have a starting price of $17,495 in the United States when it goes on sale in the spring of 2016. That amount is for the Cruze in the new (base) L trim level with a manual transmission — the only gearbox offered on the base model. From there, 2016 Cruze pricing is as follows:
- LS manual: $18,995
- LS automatic: $19,995
- LT automatic: $21,995
- Premier automatic: $23,995
Chevy notes that the $17,495 price is nearly $2,000 less than that of the 2016 Honda Civic LX — the base model of the 2016 Civic, at least for the model’s launch. But the Chevy offers more standard features, such as the standard Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch-diagonal screen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, and a standard rear-vision camera.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Cruze LS with the manual transmission starts at $19,995 and has a GM-estimated highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates are not yet available for the new Cruze.
The 2016 Cruze is larger, lighter, and roomier than the outgoing, first-generation Cruze, notably adding two inches of rear knee room over its predecessor. Based on GM’s D2XX platform, the new Cruze is powered by a new, direct-injected and turbo-charged 1.4L LE2 Ecotec engine mkaing a GM-estimated 153 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is available.
The vehicle is available in four trim levels — L, LS, LT and Premier — and depending on the model, offers a host of active safety features such as:
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Keep Assist
- Forward Collision Alert