2016 Honda Civic Sedan vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Chevy Cruze are definitely top choices for drivers in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area looking for efficient compact cars. Both offer remarkable fuel economy, modern amenities, and fun-to-drive dynamics. So which one do you choose? It might not be such a hard choice after reading our comprehensive comparison!

Performance and Efficiency

We know fuel economy is a priority, but who would turn down a little extra muscle under the hood if it comes at no added fuel cost? To that end, the 2016 Chevy Cruze with its base engine and automatic transmission earns 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway in EPA estimates. This powertrain makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The Cruze can be ordered with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder that makes 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque and nets an EPA estimate of a maximum of 26 mpg city/39 mpg highway in ECO trim with automatic transmission.

The 2016 Honda Civic is capable of an EPA estimated 31 mpg city/41 mpg highway/35 mpg combined* estimate from the EPA with continuously variable transmission and the base 2.0L engine that generates 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder and you have 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque on tap, and an even better 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway/35 mpg combined in EPA estimates with continuously variable transmission.

You can easily see that the Honda offer more power and more fuel economy.

Features and Options

There are some major differences between these two vehicles. For one, the 2016 Honda Civic offers more passenger volume and more trunk space than the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

The Civic also comes standard with features such as:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • A rearview camera
  • A remote trunk release
  • None of those features come standard in the base Cruze.


The 2016 Honda Civic can be had with forward collision warning and collision prevention braking, along with lane departure warning and prevention, all of which add up to give it a ‘Superior’ rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing for front crash prevention. Unfortunately none of those safety features can be had in the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and it went unrated in that category. The Cruze also scored lower than the Civic in the small overlap front crash test with a ‘Marginal’ rating compared to the ‘Good’ rating that the Civic received.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

Come check out the latest 2016 Honda Civic today at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL. We think you’ll agree that the Civic is clearly the better choice than the Cruze. Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake, the premier Honda dealer serving the Elgin area to see for yourself today!


*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.