New 2016 Chevy Cruze Up Against Heavy Competition

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze enters heavily contested territory dominated by serious long run performers like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and feisty upstarts like the Mazda3. Though muted by low fuel costs and soaring truck, SUV and crossover sales, the compact car market is a key upside segment for the industry.

The compact class attracts young buyers, a source of a lifetime of progressively bigger and more expensive brand sales.

The 2016 Chevy Cruze is larger and lighter, sporting a sweeping aero skin. In the topped out $28,000 4-door premier sedan model the Cruze boasts an energetic 153 horsepower 1.4 liter variable valve timing 4 cylinder engine with a 6 speed automatic trans, giving this little Chevy a hint muscle car jump.

Weight reduction, engine efficiency and a well executed stop /start feature helps deliver up to 42 mpg in Cruze LS/LT model.

Inside the Cruze Premier sedan leather seating and tasteful design provide upscale appeal in a roomy and comfortable cabin. Like all GM models, the OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity and smart phone integration capabilities are ideally geared to the new millennial demographic wave.