The Cruze has driving manners that are more on par with those of the Corolla and Elantra, which is to say comfortable but sedate.
Compared to the Civic, the Cruze is noticeably quieter, more refined, and more spacious.
However, the Civic has more responsive handling and a sportier feel overall.
The Jetta is perhaps the worthiest rival to the Cruze - if VW shoppers were to give it a chance - as it has a comparably hefty, secure feel, an isolated ride, and a top-notch interior.
The new Suzuki Kizashi or Kia Forte are two other interesting alternatives; both manage, to some degree, to offer a little more sportiness than the Cruze.
|2011 Chevrolet Cruze||2011 Ford Focus||2011 Hyundai Elantra|
|$16,525Browse Used Listings||$16,640Browse Used Listings||$14,945Browse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*|
|Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|