Trim levels on the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze range from the base L model, with a starting price well under $20,000, up to the Premier and Premier RS models at the top end. In between are the high-volume LS and LT versions, which will provide the bulk of U.S. Cruze sales, according to Chevy. The 6-speed manual transmission can be ordered on the base L, LS, and LT models, while the Premier is offered only with the 6-speed automatic.
All 2016 Cruze models include a standard rearview camera and a 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as standard to let occupants use smartphone-enabled apps—streaming audio, for example—via the vehicle’s screen. OnStar is also standard on all versions.
The base L model isn't likely one you'll see often, but it offers a lower price and a bare-bones specification with a 6-speed manual gearbox only, 15-inch steel wheels, and plastic wheel covers. It does includes air conditioning, a 60/40 split rear seat back, and a driver's seat with manual height adjustment.
The LS is effectively the high-volume base model, gaining niceties like an armrest on the console and carpeted floor mats. It also adds the option of a 6-speed automatic.
Moving up to the LT gains you quite a lot of extra equipment. Among the additions are a six-speaker audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, amenities like dual reading lamps, cruise control, audio and phone controls on the steering wheel, front fog lamps, heated door mirrors, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and a compact spare tire rather than a sealant and inflator kit.
The Premier brings in high-end features like premium leather upholstery with contrast stitching, heated steering wheel and rear seats, ambient interior lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors. Premier models get an improved Watt’s link rear suspension, for crisper roadholding, along with 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The RS package, optional on the LT and Primer models only, adds restyled front bodywork and grilles, changes to the rear bumper, aero add-ons for the rocker panels, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires.
A Sun and Sound package adds a larger 8.0-inch center touchscreen display, a color driver-information display between the instruments, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system, along with a sunroof. On the Premier model, a navigation system can be added to this package.
For electronic active-safety systems, the Driver Confidence package bundles blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert systems with rear parking assist sensors. For the Premier model only, a Driver Confidence 2 package adds forward-collision warnings, lane-keeping assist, and intelligent headlight control. Neither automatic emergency braking nor adaptive cruise control is offered on any Cruze version for 2016.
Finally, an Enhanced Convenience package—again only for the Premier—bundles automatic climate control, heated rear seats, wireless charging in a slot on the console for smartphones designed to accept it, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a 110-volt outlet. Chevy notes as well that the optional 4G LTE data connection and associated internet hotspot capability distinguish the Cruze from other cars in its segment.