But, we will echo what Car and Driver found during its recent comparison test of the Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic and Mazda 3: its dynamics are suited to highway cruising and long hauls.
The 2016 Cruze always felt nimble, but consistently acted like its bigger brother Impala. In this comparison, passing grades were largely given on driving dynamics, and how the compact cars behaved over miles upon miles.
That meant the Honda Civic, recently redesigned, and the Mazda 3, a longtime enthusiast choice in the field, outdid the Cruze. Despite having the quickest clocked times with its 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder, the Cruze’s dynamics matched up as sluggish compared to the more sporting Civic and 3.
But, not every person takes their compact cars canyon carving. We still have no doubt the Cruze will find its niche among buyers.