Compact cars are becoming increasingly popular due to their maneuverability and efficiency. The Chevy Cruze and the Dodge Dart are two compact cars that push the envelope and stretch the boundaries of their class. Both are good compact cars, but which is the best?
Chevy Cruze Features
The Chevrolet Cruze is a high-quality, affordable compact car. While it’s not big enough to be considered a family car, its excellence and features fit right up there with the larger sedans. The Cruze even has a generous trunk, something that is basically unheard of in the world of compact cars. The Cruze offers roadworthy handling and an enjoyable, smooth ride. The sport-tuned suspension on the upper level trims is on the firm side, but makes the Cruze markedly more athletic without sacrificing comfort.
Chevy Cruze Engine
The base Cruze runs on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower. Other trims boast a 1.4-liter turbo that delivers more torque and slightly better fuel economy than the basic. Eco versions of the Cruze offer 42 mpg* on the highway, and there’s a new 2-liter turbo-diesel that generates 151 horsepower and reaches 46 mpg*. Talk about efficiency!
Chevy Cruze vs. Dodge Dart
The Dodge Dart may be considered a compact car like the Cruze, but it is longer and wider than the other cars in the compact category. The larger car offers more interior room, which is nice, but the larger frame takes away from the handling. The Dart’s 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 160 horsepower and returns 29 mpg* in combined driving with the standard 6-speed manual.
Both of these compact cars are good vehicles, but overall the Cruze comes out on top. The Chevy Cruze does everything right from handling to fuel-economy. If you are looking for a compact car, then come see our fleet of 2016 Chevy Cruzes here at Davis Chevrolet in beautiful Houston.
*EPA-estimated highway MPG for Cruze L, LS, and LT with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission.