2013 Chevrolet Cruze vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Cruze
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Some compact sedans aim at the sportier end of the market, but the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is focused toward the mass market—as well as green shoppers.

Against models like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra, the Cruze is more refined and comfortable, with an impressive feature set and interior appointments that feel a class above.

But of this group, it's the Volkswagen Jetta that's the Cruze's closest rival; the Cruze is same-sized, but it measures up a bit better against the Jetta in interior appointments—an area that the Jetta used to rule.

The Cruze is more refined than the Corolla or Civic, although the Civic has more responsive handling and a sportier feel overall.

The Civic's interior appointments have recovered from their 2012 iteration, when they looked and felt cut-rate compared to much of the class.

The Ford Focus and Mazda3 are both sportier alternatives to the Cruze; the new Skyactiv engine in the some Mazda3 models has impressive real-world mileage, and its handling and roadholding are especially surefooted.

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7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
8.8
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
8.0
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
8.4
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
8.2
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
MSRP From     
$17,130$16,200$18,165$16,695$16,700$15,545
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompactCompact CarsMidsize carsCompactCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual Base
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/A4N/A4
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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