Compact four-door sedans are some of the most popular and sought-after cars for savvy shoppers. This isn’t surprising, given the incredible improvements the “compact car” segment has made in the past few years. Compacts really aren’t “compacts” anymore. Many cars in this hot segment offer the interior room of a midsize with the performance, fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and handling of a smaller, sportier vehicle.
One of the most successful cars in this category is the 2016 Honda Civic for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers. Coming off being named 2016 North American Car of the Year at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the Civic is a global best-seller for Honda.
However, many automakers are trying to knock the Honda Civic off of its lofty perch. One such example is the 2016 Chevy Cruze. So we thought we’d take a look at how the Honda Civic matches up against this adversary in a head-to-head comparison. We chose two top-of-the-line models from both automakers because they represent the best efforts of both Honda and Chevy in this category. So today we’ll be comparing the 2016 Honda Civic Touring with the 2016 Chevy Cruze Premium.
A New Honda For A New Generation
The 2016 Honda Civic underwent a major refresh this year, and most everyone agrees that Honda hit a home run. From its unique “C”-shaped rear taillights and swept-back, coupe-style roofline to its revamped front end with new, muscular-looking lower fascia, dramatic chrome grille, and brilliant jeweled available LED headlights, the new Civic has been turning heads and winning praise for its fresh, sleek, aerodynamic, and youthful new style.
To be fair, the 2016 Chevy Cruze also underwent a refresh in 2016. We have to admit the new Cruze looks better than the previous model, which had started to look somewhat dated. Glad to see that Chevy saw fit to follow Honda’s lead by redesigning the Cruze. After all, it was once said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Consider us flattered.
A “Civic Lesson” About Interior Quality
The interior of the new 2016 Honda Civic Touring sets new benchmarks for quality and roominess that are hard to match. In fact, some online automotive reviews such as Marty Padgett, an editor with TheCarConnection.com, favorably compares the new Civic’s interior to that of a BMW. Why the accolades? First of all, the Civic has upped its game with luxurious appointments and features you wouldn’t expect at this price point, such as heated front and rear seats, power front row seats, and. Supple leather, a zealous attention to detail, top-tier materials, an exceptionally quiet cabin, excellent head and legroom, and superior ergonomic design where everything just falls into place.
The 2016 Civic Touring model also comes packed with an array of unexpectedly upscale comfort and convenience features such as automatic dual-zone climate control, smart key fob with remote engine start, a one-touch electronic parking brake, and oversized center console that can swallow a full-sized tablet.
To be sure, the 2016 Chevy Cruze Premium comes with similar features, such as heated leather seats and other niceties. However, what the Cruze doesn’t have are such conveniences at automatic climate control and a remote trunk/tailgate release, to name but a few. We should also mention that the Civic aces out the Cruze with more passenger volume (97.8 cu. ft. compared to 94.6 cu. ft.).
Honda Civic Outperforms The Chevy Cruze
Performance, handling, and fuel economy are three of the most important things today’s car shoppers look for. The 2016 Honda Civic pulls out ahead of the Chevy Cruze by offering a more powerful engine and better fuel economy. The Civic’s superlative new direct-injection, 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine makes a more robust 174 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the Cruze’s comparably equipped 1.4-liter turbo’s 153 horsepower. The Civic also uses a more fuel-efficient CVT transmission, achieve up to an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway.
Civic Scores With Technology
Technology is at the center of our world. You’ll find a lot of high-tech similarity in most of today’s new cars, including the Honda Civic and the Chevy Cruze. For instance, buyers have come to expect such things as Bluetooth® streaming audio, hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, steering wheel-mounted controls, and so forth.
Recently, many new cars are coming equipped with the new standard in smartphone-enabled connectivity: Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These technologies allow you to sync your compatible devices with your Honda Civic so that you can enjoy many of the same functions you’ve come to rely on with your smartphones.
And most all automakers these days, including Honda and Chevy, provide SiriusXM® Radio, Pandora®, and other services, along with USB ports, large color touchscreen displays, text messaging, voice-activated commands, and other tech functionality in their vehicles. Although we expect you’ll find HondLink®, a full-featured smartphone app, incredibly convenient. HondaLink lets you schedule service appointments and a whole lot more right from your smartphone.
Civic’s Comprehensive Safety Features
When it comes to safety, Honda goes the extra mile. That’s why the 2016 Civic offered a rearview backup camera with guidelines as standard equipment on all its models and was one of the first automakers to do so. A rearview camera is an option on the Cruze.
Other critical safety features on the Civic include a stiffer chassis, more ultra-high-strength steel, and exclusive ACE™ body structure that helps to absorb the energy of a frontal collision throughout the frame’s structure.
But what sets the Civic apart is its array of active-driver technologies. Called “Honda Sensing™,” this collection of advanced safety features include collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, and forward collision warning.
The Civic earns a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
The Cruze also serves up similar safety features such as forward collision alert and lane-keep assist, among others.
Legendary Honda Reliability
There’s one thing that the Chevy Cruze, along with many other automakers, can’t match. And that’s Honda’s legendary reliability. A relative newcomer, the Cruze doesn’t come close to Honda’s legacy of longevity. In fact, a recent IHS-Polk automotive survey found that 78% of all Hondas manufactured in the past 25 years (1990-2014) are still on the road today.
The Award-Winning Civic Is Better
When it comes right down to it, both the 2016 Honda Civic Touring and the 2016 Chevy Cruze Premium are well-matched. But the Civic scores a clear victory in the areas of performance, fuel economy, safety, dependability, and overall quality. Maybe that’s why automotive authority Kelly Blue Book rated the Honda Civic one of the 15 best family cars for 2015 and was named AutoGuide.com’s 2016 Car of the Year.
Go With a Winner. Go With Civic.
We think we know a winner when we see one. And that’s the sporty, fun-to-drive, and all-new 2016 Honda Civic. It will make you want to cruise on by the Chevy Cruise. You’ll find all the most popular 2016 Honda Civic models, including the LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L, and Touring, in stock and available today at your conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers. Test drive one today and see for yourself why Honda quality and innovative engineering lead the way.