The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze faces competition in compact four-door sedans that has never been tougher.
The Ford Focus will receive freshened styling and several feature updates for 2015.
The Focus and Volkswagen Jetta are somewhat sportier than the Cruze, which is at its strongest racking up highway miles quietly and comfortably.
The Jetta is the only other compact that offers a diesel option, but the Cruze Diesel is more powerful and likely returns equal or better real-world fuel economy.
And the Hyundai Elantra is a strong competitor, with prices consistently lower than the Cruze--though Chevy dealers will bargain to even the difference.
Finally, the Mazda3 is the sportiest contender, with surefooted handling and roadholding; its new SkyActiv engine returns impressive real-world gas mileage without the need for a turbo.
Only the Dodge Dart, which didn't exist in 2011 when the Cruze launched, has failed to make much of a mark.
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