2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 41 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo Gas I4, 153 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan competing with the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, among others. It's a very crowded segment and any car looking to stand out needs to bring its A game. The Cruze does just that, with a class-leading wheelbase to improve interior room and a bevy of available features, including upmarket luxury items like heated seats. A new generation of MyLink smartphone integration is also standard, displaying through a 7-inch color screen mounted on the dashboard.

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What's New For 2016

The Chevrolet Cruze is all new for 2016. It's a complete redesign, with a handsome new exterior, a roomier interior and a brand new, turbocharged engine. The new Cruze is built on lighter architecture, meaning that the new car is 250 lbs lighter than the one it replaces. Being light pays major dividends dynamically and aids both acceleration and fuel economy. The 2016 Cruze should be able to return 40 mpg on the highway.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Air bags, 10 total, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Rear Vision Camera display integrated into Chevrolet MyLink radio
    • Safety belts, front pretensioner
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear center position
    • Restraint provisions, latch
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Entertainment Features
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Antenna, integral rear window
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Bluetooth for phone
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) aluminum
    • Tires, 205/55R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
    • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
    • Moldings, bright beltline
    • Headlamps, halogen with automatic on/off and delay
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding
    • Windshield, solar absorbing
    • Glass, solar absorbing
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Daytime Running Lamps, separate cavity, LED
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints
    • Seat trim, cloth
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
    • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable, front
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding includes center fold-down armrest with 2 cupholders
    • Armrest, rear center, fold-down with 2 cupholders
    • Console, floor with sliding armrest
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Steering column, manual tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke, deluxe
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Instrumentation, analog with mph speedometer
    • Driver Information Center, monochromatic display
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Tire Pressure Display
    • Warning tones, driver and front passenger safety belts
    • Windows, power with driver and front passenger Express-Down
    • Door locks, power
    • Key, primary foldable, additional foldable (Deleted when (6K5) Convenience Package is ordered.)
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Trunk release, power, remote
    • Cruise control
    • Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system
    • Air conditioning, single-zone electronic includes air filter
    • Heater, electric
    • Rear air ducts, floor mounted
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
    • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy lamp and dual reading lamps
    • Lighting, interior, roof, rear courtesy
    • Lighting, interior, trunk compartment
    • Map pockets, driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Mechanical Features
    • Brakes, 4-wheel disc, 4-wheel antilock with Duralife brake rotors
    • Brake lining, high-performance, noise and dust performance
    • Brake, parking, manual, hand-operated
    • Front wheel drive
    • Axle, 3.65 ratio
    • Transmission, 6-speed manual
    • Engine, 1.4L turbo DOHC 4-cylinder DI with Continuous Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) (153 hp [114.08 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 177 lb-ft of torque [239 N-m] @ 2000-4000 rpm)
    • Steering, power, electric rack-mounted, reduced travel
    • Suspension, rear, compound crank
    • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
    • Alternator, 130 amps
    • Battery, 60AH
    • Coolant protection, engine

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - - TBD -
    • Brake ABS System - - TBD -
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.90
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LE2
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.4L/- TBD -
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 153 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 177 @ 2000-4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.30
    • Length, Overall (in) - 183.70
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.40
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.7
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.90
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.00
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.90
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.20
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.30
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.10
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.20
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.90
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 33
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 41
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - - TBD -
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Cruze
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Compound Crank
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - Q1U
    • Front Tire Order Code - Q1N
    • Rear Tire Order Code - Q1U
    • Rear Tire Order Code - Q1N
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAD
    • Front Tire Size - P205/55R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/55R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T115/70R16
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MF3
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Clutch Size (in) - N/A
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.65
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Midsize Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Redesigned for 2016, Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan that glides down the road with surprising levels of refinement for the class. Attractively trimmed inside, the 2016 Cruze offers easy everyday operation and practicality.

The Chevrolet Cruze should be on any shopping list that includes the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, or Nissan Sentra.

The all-new 2016 Cruze is substantially longer (by three inches) than the previous generation riding lower on a slightly longer wheelbase.

Benefitting from extensive wind-tunnel development to minimize drag and maximize fuel economy, the Cruze looks a bit like the electric Volt, but all Cruze models are powered by a small turbocharged gasoline engine.

The 1.4-liter engine uses turbocharging and direct fuel injection to generate 153 horsepower and 177 foot-pounds of torque while achieving an EPA-estimated 30/42 mpg City/Highway, or 35 mpg Combined, with the popular 6-speed automatic transmission. Loaded models get slightly reduced fuel economy due to added weight. With the standard 6-speed manual, the 2016 Cruze is rated 29/41 mpg.

Inside is a roomy cabin, with roomier back seats than those offered by the Hyundai Elantra or Ford Focus.

Cruze cruises easily. The handling is not sporty but it’s enjoyable to drive, with a smooth, easy manner. Its pleasant balance of ride and handling is a result of a more rigid unit-body than what was used in the previous generation, along with precise suspension tuning and reduced weight. Cruze Premier models use a suspension upgraded with a Watt link, a little nicer than the standard torsion-beam suspension that comes on the rest of the lineup.

A rearview camera is standard equipment along with a seven-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with streaming audio. An eight-inch display and 4G LTE hotspot is a popular option, along with wireless cell charging, premium leather interior, even heated rear leather seats, unusual in this class.


The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes in four trim levels: Cruze L ($17,495), Cruze LS ($18,995); Cruze LT ($20,695), Cruze Premier ($23,995). A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, a 6-speed automatic is optional; Cruze Premier comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All come with the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

Cruze L comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, rearview camera, seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, OnStar, 60/40-split folding rear seatback. Cruze LS is trimmed more nicely and offers the optional automatic. Options include automatic climate control, eight-inch touchscreen, Bose audio, sunroof, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 110-volt outlet. Several safety features are optional.

Cruze LT upgrades with SiriusXM, six speakers, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels. Cruze Premier features leather interior, improved rear suspension for sharper handling, 17-inch wheels. RS package brings special exterior trim, 18-inch wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)


The all-new 2016 Cruze looks sleeker than pre-2016 versions. Cruze looks like it could be a sedan version of the Volt hatchback electric car, though it is not. A Volt is a third more expensive, so this gives the Cruze an upscale boost in appearance.

The sleek appearance of the Cruze goes deeper than cosmetics: The 2016 Cruze boasts a low, 0.29 coefficient of drag, which allows it to slip more easily through the air for lower fuel economy.

The split upper and lower grilles share their design with that of the Volt as well as the Impala full-size and Malibu midsize sedans. Upper trim levels are distinguished with more bright trim, and LED taillights and headlights are used.


The cabin is attractively designed, with a premium appearance. Upper trim levels are elegant, with handsome two-tone leather in the Cruze Premier. A large touchscreen occupies the top of the center stack, with seven-inch standard, eight-inch optional.

Controls are straightforward and easy to operate, adding to the easy, breezy feel of the Cruze. The seats are comfortable. Cruze Premier RS models offer more substantial seat bolsters.

The back seats two adults, who will find more space for their knees than what’s found in the dated Focus or the new Elantra.

Using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, occupants can run their apps on the Cruze’s seven- or eight-inch touchscreen.

Driving Impressions

All 2016 Chevrolet Cruze models come with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, turbocharged to generate 153 horsepower. The Cruze can accelerate from zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds, according to Chevrolet. That’s adequate performance, though it isn’t sporty.

Mostly the engine and 6-speed automatic transmission operate quietly in the background as the Cruze breezes along. It’s a good combination and makes the Cruze good for running errands. When commuting, the driver may need to punch the throttle to accelerate up an on-ramp to join fast traffic.

The Cruze manages turns nicely and is capable of briskly cruising down winding rural roads without significant body lean. Four wheel sizes are available. We found the best ride quality came from the smaller diameter wheels (15- and 16-inch) with taller sidewalls. Cruze Premier models are available with 17- and 18-inch wheels, and we think the 17-inch wheels would be easier to live with every day.

The 2016 Cruze uses a new structure, lighter and more rigid than that of the previous generation. Lighter weight means better fuel economy, better handling, better braking. A more rigid structure means better handling and a smoother ride. The Cruze rides firmly but not harshly, though the 18-inch wheels are less comfortable.


The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a compelling compact sedan. Be sure not to mix up the all-new 2016 Cruze and not the previous-generation Cruze Limited or Cruze Limited Eco. The all-new version is a big improvement over those models.

New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report, with staff reports by The Car Connection.

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