Sporting an impressive technical loadout, but packing a powertrain that's not exactly eager, Chevrolet's massively revised 2016 Cruze is a solid middle-of-the-road choice.
The segment of small, economical sedans remains a battlefield, despite the onslaught of crossovers.
The last Chevrolet Cruze wasn't exactly a contender in this segment, but its replacement sure is.
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sports a complete makeover, giving it an appearance that dances between anonymous and handsome.
It's significantly less animated than the Civic, that's for sure.
But with the RS appearance package, you get a bit of that aggression without looking too ridiculous.
Only one engine is on offer -- a 1.4-liter, turbocharged I-4, good for 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
When mated to a six-speed automatic, the engine feels like it's constantly trying to hide itself -- that wave of torque never shows up.
But with an impressive array of technology, it's capable of going toe-to-toe with the competition on everything from loadout to value.
Our fully loaded Cruze Premier tester came in at $28,640, which ain't chump change.
But with the top-tier trim starting at $23,120, it's a pretty darn affordable way to join the 21st century.
Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.