Comparison tests are tough. Journalists try to be as fair as possible in the process, backing decisions up with data in fuel economy, value per dollar and much more.
But, sometimes the decision to purchase one vehicle over another comes directly from how a car presents itself. In that case, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will win many over. But, so will the Honda Civic.
Motor Trend has released its compact car comparison, featuring the Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. And Chevrolet should be proud, it swept away each competitor other than the Honda Civic.
The Civic is arguably on cloud nine right now, receiving praise from nearly every corner of the automotive industry. Somehow, the Ohio-born compact car turned midsize found its mojo again. But, at the same time, so has the Chevy Cruze.
It’s a small car with big car feel, it’s loaded with technology for the youngsters and it even looks pretty darn good compared to some other designs in the segment.
But, value. That’s the ticket here. The Civic, in a lower trim level, outdid the 2016 Cruze here, while being more fun to drive in the process, and achieved better real world fuel economy.
Those are their words, not ours, but Chevrolet has certainly risen from the ashes. It knows how to build a compact car better than competitors who owned the segment for decades.