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2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Select a Different Model (6 Available): 1LT (Auto) Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 13076
Zero to 60 8.7 seconds
Real MPG 28 CTY /38 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 4 Stars
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Fuel efficient
  • Peppy engine

You Won't Like

  • Inconsistent build quality
  • Active safety features limited to higher trim levels
  • Not that fun to drive

New for 2016

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is all new, featuring a new platform, engine, and improved multimedia technology.

Vehicle Summary

Slotting above the subcompact Sonic and below the midsize Malibu, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a front-drive compact sedan available in three trim levels.

Overview

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with a direct-injected 1.4-liter turbo-four rated at 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque that can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. With the manual, the EPA rates the Cruze at 28/39 mpg city/highway; opt for the automatic, and the car's fuel economy jumps to 30/40 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient choices available.

Standard features in the base Cruze L trim include a rearview camera, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for the MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 15-inch steel wheels. Moving up to the LS trim adds floor mats, a center console armrest, and a compass. The LT trim adds even more features including 16-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, LED daytime running lights, and cruise control. On the range-topping Premier trim, additional features include an upgraded rear suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver's seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, keyless entry/start and remote start. Options include a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, a sunroof, heated outboard rear seats, a wireless charger for mobile devices, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler.

Safety

The NHTSA gave the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze a four-star overall rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the car received a Good score in the moderate overlap and side impact tests, and a Basic score in the front collision prevention (Good is the highest possible score). Available active safety features include forward collision warning, following distance indicator, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, rear parking assist, and blind-spot warning.

What We Think

In a 2016 compact sedan comparison test that also included the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Jetta, the Chevrolet Cruze placed second. Thanks to its buttoned down ride, smooth-shifting transmission, and peppy engine, the Cruze's performance is much improved. However, at slow speeds, its ride does suffer a bit, and when the road gets twisty, it's not as fun to drive as rivals such as the Mazda3 and Honda Civic. The interior of higher end trim of the Cruze also impressed, especially with two-tone colors that make it look more premium. However, the seat belts aren't height adjustable, and the driver's seat has a tendency to rock on its hinges.

Cool Fact

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze shares its platform with the European market Opel Astra.

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2016 CHEVROLET CRUZE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (MNU)
Trim
1LT (Auto) Sedan
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
153@5600
Standard MPG
30/40
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

LT Driver Convenience Package

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Reclining 8-Way Power Adjustable Heated; Passenger Seat, Heated; Remote Engine Starter; Smart Card/Key
$1046 $1150

Sun and Sound Package

INCLUDES: Amplifier; Audio System, Satellite Radio; Bluetooth®; Interior Ambient Lighting; Main Dashboard Display; Multi-Function Display Screen; Speakers, 9 Upgraded Bose®; Sunroof, Glass Power; Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Driver; Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Passenger; Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [WPR] Driver Confidence Package
$1360 $1495

Front License Plate Bracket Mounting Package

$13 $15

Driver Confidence Package

INCLUDES: Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning System; Overtaking Sensor, Side Blind Zone Alert; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Assist Radar NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
$450 $495

RS Appearance Package

INCLUDES: Front Fog Lights; RS Lettering Ornamentation; Spoiler, Body Color Lip Trunk/Hatch; Sport Body Kit; Tires, P225/40R18 All Season BSW; Wheels, 18" Alloy
$632 $695

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter Ecotec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (MNU)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Siren Red Tintcoat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Red Hot

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mosaic Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Kinetic Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Kinetic Blue Metallic

$295 $325

Exterior Color, Tungsten Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Ray Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power Disc/Drum with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Engine Starter

CONTAINED IN: [6K5] LT Driver Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Smart Card/Key

CONTAINED IN: [6K5] LT Driver Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, OnStar, with Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.140

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.7 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Spoiler, Body Color Lip Trunk/Hatch

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Sport Body Kit

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Interior Ambient Lighting

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console; Instrument Panel And Shift Lever Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

RS Lettering Ornamentation

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Driver

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-color heated driver power door mirrors, body-color passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Siren Red Tintcoat

$295 $325

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Cross-Traffic Alert

CONTAINED IN: [WPR] Driver Confidence Package
Pkg Pkg

Front Fog Lights

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [WPR] Driver Confidence Package
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Side Blind Zone Alert

CONTAINED IN: [WPR] Driver Confidence Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Assist Radar

CONTAINED IN: [WPR] Driver Confidence Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Vision Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

Driver Seat, Reclining 8-Way Power Adjustable Heated

CONTAINED IN: [6K5] LT Driver Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Jet Black Cloth Seats

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Dark Atmosphere/Medium Atmosphere Cloth Seats

N/C N/C

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [6K5] LT Driver Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Antenna

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio

Std Std

Audio System, Satellite Radio

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Speakers, 6

Std Std

Speakers, 9 Upgraded Bose®

CONTAINED IN: [PCJ] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/55SR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Tires, P225/40R18 All Season BSW

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, 16" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [ZLH] RS Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4