Compare 2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
2017 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan Automatic LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 30 42 $18,450 $19,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT 30 42 $20,275 $21,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Automatic Premier 30 40 $22,079 $23,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual L 29 41 $16,536 $16,620
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 29 41 $17,485 $18,120
Cruze 4-Door Sedan Manual LT 29 41 $19,027 $19,820
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic ECO 26 39 $20,611 $21,470
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 22 35 $18,306 $18,970
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT w/1LT 26 38 $19,387 $20,195
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT w/2LT 26 38 $22,435 $23,370
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $23,273 $24,370
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual ECO 28 42 $19,387 $20,195
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual L 25 36 $16,039 $16,120
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 25 36 $17,220 $17,845
Cruze Limited 4-Door Sedan Manual LT w/1LT 26 38 $18,398 $19,165
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ECO 1.4T DCT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra ECO 1.4T DCT 32 40 $19,928 $20,650
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic 29 38 $21,311 $22,350
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic PZEV 29 38 $21,311 $22,350
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic 29 38 $17,566 $18,150
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic PZEV 29 38 $17,566 $18,150
Elantra SE 2.0L Manual 26 36 $16,621 $17,150
Elantra Sport 1.6T Automatic 26 33 $21,799 $22,750
Elantra Sport 1.6T Manual 22 30 $20,765 $21,650
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $19,550 $20,250
Elantra GT Automatic 24 32 $19,071 $19,800
Elantra GT Manual 24 32 $18,121 $18,800

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

Today's economy cars are do-it-alls. They're practically mid-sizers, with styling that has set trends, and features that sometimes outpoint much more expensive rivals.

Two highly-rated four-door sedans fight head to head for shoppers looking for reasonable performance for about $20,000--but between them, is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra or the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze the better choice?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,450
$19,928
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,120
$20,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$344 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze inches closer to mid-size, while growing lighter, leaner, and more fuel-efficient. We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sure—but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 32 mpg
Highway
42 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.90 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.90 56.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.30 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.20 55.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.00 42.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.20 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.10 35.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.90 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
183.70 179.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.40 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
106.30 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.50 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.80 14.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
- TBD - 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 8
Brake Type
- TBD - Front Disc/Rear Drum
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 8
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.1 14
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 17.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1M NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
Q1M NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 2857
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 2000-4000 156 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
LE2 NA
Displacement
1.4L/- TBD - 1.4 L/83
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5600 128 @ 5500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
42 40
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 35
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.96
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 5.10
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.26
Trans Order Code
MNU NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.14 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.07
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.88
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.72
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.0 5.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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