All-New Chevy Cruze; Same Low Price




The all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze in Miami, FL has recently been released, and it’s come with some changes. This redesign has resulted in the addition of new technology, updated safety features, and a redesigned interior. Most importantly, it features a striking new look, along with even better standard speed and efficiency than the last generation. The icing on the cake though is that this superior model is still offered at the famously low price the Cruze is known for — which continues to give the competition a run for its money. 

While the other upgrades are notable, perhaps the most obvious changes are the design and the performance. After all, the design is the first thing you see about the car and automakers only get one shot to make sure it makes a good impression.


A Striking New Look



The all-new second generation Cruze was made over for 2016 and the most noticeable change is how much more aggressive this vehicle looks. To start, the hood is much more defined and cut at a sharper angle than the last time, with a defining line that runs down the center that’s very pronounced. The headlights match this new sharp and aggressive look, and now sweep back with much more clear-cut definition than before. On the sides, you can find another character line that starts behind the front door handle and runs straight back to the taillight, which makes the taillights pop out on the side for some added character. A wider and more muscular line runs on the lower-half of each side, and pairs nicely with the line that runs up top. 

These lines aren’t just for looks, either. In fact, the Cruze is more aerodynamic than ever before. A major factor of its improved aerodynamics is thanks to the car's lower and longer stance, which also drastically changes the way it looks from the side. Now, the hood sits lower and the Cruze has a longer wheelbase than before. This allows it to cut through the wind easier and aids in efficiency. Somehow, the Cruze gained a longer wheelbase but lost weight at the same time — it’s now 250 lbs lighter than the first generation. That longer wheelbase also contributes to the interior room as well, and gives passengers in the back even more legroom than before. 

In the end, it’s a design that makes the Cruze look more defined and aggressive, while simultaneously improving on the comfort in the cabin, and aiding in the efficiency and speed of the vehicle.


Better Standard Speed and Efficiency



While the lighter weight and more aerodynamic stance of the Cruze contributes to better speed and efficiency, so does the introduction of the first-generation Cruze Eco’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine as the standard engine choice for the all-new model. The 1.8-liter that belonged to the first generation is no longer available for the all-new Cruze, since the 1.4-liter provides the Cruze with better acceleration, speed, and efficiency. Because this engine is able to provide better well-rounded performance than the 1.8-liter, it’s obvious why they decided to ditch it for the all new model. But, that 1.8-liter is still available on the 2016 Cruze Limited, which is essentially the first generation Cruze available for 2016. 

This little engine packs a big punch, and that’s thanks to the addition of turbocharged technology. Variable Valve Timing is also on board, and benefits the fuel-efficiency of the Cruze (but still contributes to the power slightly). This VVT allows the 1.4-liter to have a more precisely calibrated combustion process. It uses a more specific amount of fuel than engines that aren’t equipped with this engine, which gives it a perfect mixture of air, fuel, and spark every time the engine combusts. In turn, less fuel is used.  

The addition of this engine standard, along with the newfound aerodynamic posture, results in a fuel-economy increase for the second-gen Cruze, which is now rated at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The only way the first generation Cruze could reach that type of fuel economy was if it was the Eco model, which costs more than the all-new Cruze does. Other than that, the first-gen Cruze is only able to attain up to a standard 38 mpg highway. 

The speed has improved as well, and now the Cruze can achieve a zero-60 mph time of eight seconds. To be perfectly honest, this is quite impressive for a compact car. The 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque obviously give the Cruze plenty of kick to get on the highway, and make up for the lack of power in the last generation. Naturally, the reduced weight also helped with the speed. 

Overall, the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze is able to perform better with the 1.4-liter engine as the standard choice, which was and continues to be optional on the previous generation. Also, it doesn’t cost as much to get that type of efficiency. Now, competitive efficiency simply comes standard at the same low price as before.


Same Low Price



Well, it’s not the exact same low price as before. But, for the addition of upgraded technology, safety, a new design, increased cabin space, along with better standard efficiency and speed — I don’t think an increase of $500 justifies calling it a different price. With all the upgrades found on the new Cruze, it’s shocking to see it only comes in at a starting MSRP of $16,620. While it might not be the cheapest compact sedan on the market, which is actually the 2016 Scion iA with a starting price of $15,700, the Scion can’t even come close to touching the same quality, features, speed, and efficiency offered by the all-new Cruze.  

Not only is the 2016 Chevy Cruze the third cheapest compact car on the market (fourth if you count the first generation Cruze), but it’s also the one that’s going to get you the most bang for you buck.