2019 Chevrolet Cruze vs. Its Competition

2019 Chevrolet Cruze
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

No rival offers a turbodiesel engine, so if that’s your goal, stop reading.

However, the Cruze stacks up well against competitors like the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Toyota Corolla that offer both sedan and hatchback bodystyles.

The Civic is more fun, but its styling is polarizing.

The Mazda 3 is sportier, but its infotainment comes up short.

And the Toyota Corolla is sensible, but short on personality.

Don’t discount the latest Hyundai Elantra, which is a solid choice.

Do discount the Ford Focus—though its aging design can make for big cuts off of its list price.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a fun choice as a hatchback, but we’d skip the sedan in favor of its competitors.
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LLX CVTSE ManualL CVT (GS)S SedanSport Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
AutomaticCVT w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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