2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Chevy Cruze
As sedans see crossover sport utility vehicles challenging their universal popularity among consumers, automakers have felt the pressure to step up their sedan game significantly. To remain showrunners as the US economy picks back up will require more than being the most affordable option for new car shoppers -- sedans will have to challenge the undeniable style and space the fuel the love affair Americans have with small SUVs. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Chevy Cruze both feature affordability, function and style throughout their designs, and even the base trims of these vehicles are strong enough to stand up to the big, bad compact SUV.
Midsize sedan shoppers probably have more choices to make when it comes to selecting the vehicle that fits their lifestyle and their budget. The Chevy Cruze was the first car in this class to act as a built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and the 2016 version continues to offer this key advantage. Updates to the 2016 Chevy Cruze, Chevrolet's best-selling global car, include: slightly updated styling and a longer wheelbase that should increase what was insufficient rear seat and trunk space. Other rumored updates include a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that would replace the current base engine that makes 138 horsepower, an 8-speed automatic transmission option, and US-market bound hatchback and coupe versions. Changes to the design plans have pushed back the 2016 Cruze's release date to Spring 2016.
2016 Cruze has the advantage of doubling as a WiFi hotspot on-the-go and could be a good candidate for GM's still-in-production 8-speed automatic drivetrain. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition, with an MSRP under $20k, comes with a standard 4.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, push button start, heated front seats, a power sunroof and automatic headlights.
The '15 Cruze's 1.8-liter base engine will likely be replaced by GM's new Ecotec 1.5-liter four-cylinder and should make more than the current engine's 138 horsepower. 2016 Cruze has no confirmed second engine option at this time. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra sedan features a 1.8-liter base engine that makes 145 standard horsepower. Elantra Sport offers a second engine option, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower.
Chevrolet has released statements reporting the 2016 Cruze will potentially get over 40 MPG in certain driving situations, but their numbers are yet to be confirmed by the EPA. An innovative 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO System bests the manual transmission's performance, is available on all Elantra models, and gets you 38 MPG highway with the base engine.
Get the Hyundai Elantra in High Point NC
While you'll have to wait until mid-2016 to test drive the 2016 Chevy Cruze, Hyundai's 2016 compact sedan is ready and waiting for you to get behind the wheel. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition offers more standard features and a lower MSRP than the current and comparably equipped 2015 Chevy Cruze 1LT Automatic. To schedule a test drive of the 2016 Elantra, we invite you to call our sales department, click to view our inventory, or send us a message today!