Is the 2015 Toyota Corolla More Efficient than the 2016 Chevy Cruze?
Comparisons are a great way for car shoppers to find that perfect vehicle that deserves a spot in their driveway. There are a lot of options to choose from out there, making it difficult to sift through the morass of automotive information — and that is where model comparisons work best. The most recent comparison we have added to the White River Toyota Blog examines two class-leading compact sedans, the best-selling Toyota Corolla and the recently unveiled 2016 Chevy Cruze. Efficiency is often a focus of the compact sedan class, so we wanted to answer the question — is the 2015 Toyota Corolla more efficient than the 2016 Chevy Cruze? Take a look at what we found out!
Having sold more than 40 million models since its inception, the Toyota Corolla is already an impressive compact sedan, but the completely redesigned Chevy Cruze is making a push in the segment. Redesigned with efficiency in mind, the Cruze has added size for the 2016 model year as well as a new engine while simultaneously subtracting 250 pounds. Is that enough to take down the 11th-generation 2015 Toyota Corolla though? Maybe not.
2015 Toyota Corolla vs 2016 Chevy Cruze Engine Options
Current Toyota Corolla models deliver a sleek, energetic style with efficient engine options to match. Base Toyota Corolla editions employ a 1.8-liter four-cylinder power core that makes a fun-to-drive 132 horsepower and is available with either a four-speed automatic or more efficient continuously variable transmission. Toyota Corolla Eco models will improve performance by adding innovative Valvematic technology and a standard continuously variable transmission to the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This improves power output to 140 horsepower and upgrades fuel efficiency to an estimated 42 mpg on the highway.
On the other side of our comparison, the 2016 Chevy Cruze is equipped with a turbocharged 153-horsepower 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder powertrain. In an effort to improve fuel economy ratings, the Chevy Cruze adds direct injection and stop/start technology. This results in an impressive 40 mpg highway fuel economy estimate that still falls short of what the Toyota Corolla is capable of. While the Cruze may provide slightly more power, the Corolla will save you money at the pump, effectively answering our question — is the 2015 Toyota Corolla more efficient than the 2016 Chevy Cruze?
2015 Toyota Corolla vs 2016 Chevy Cruze Interior Dimensions and Comfort
As an added bonus, we also looked at the interior dimensions and level of comfort that you might find in each model. Many car shoppers see the word “compact” in front of the Corolla or Cruze and assume that it means tight and uncomfortable — that is definitely not the case. All-new 2016 Chevy Cruze models were redesigned with more size as a focus, adding two inches to rear knee room and improving rear-passenger legroom to 36.1 inches. By comparison, the 2015 Toyota Corolla delivers class-leading rear legroom with an incredible 41.4 inches for passengers to stretch out in. Front passengers will also benefit from a much roomier design in the Corolla. Each of these compact sedans is available with a wide array of comfort-inducing amenities and innovative technology features as well.
All of the evidence points to the 2015 Toyota Corolla being the best option in our 2015 Toyota Corolla vs 2016 Chevy Cruze comparison and it gets better. You can get behind the wheel of the 2015 Toyota Corolla today at White River Toyota in White River Junction, VT while you would have to wait until early 2016 to get into the driver’s seat of the all-new Chevy Cruze. Schedule a test drive today in any of the award-winning Toyota models in our inventory and drive away happy.