Automakers of the world underestimate the engineering acumen of General Motors at their own peril. After decades of less-than-stellar entry-level sedans wearing the Chevy badge, GM got serious about the compact segment in 2011 when it brought the Chevrolet Cruze to dealerships across America. Finally, here was an affordable Bowtie-wearing commuter that didn’t just look good, but offered a driving experience on par with the Japanese rivals that had dominated small car sales for so many years.
For 2016, Chevrolet has upped the ante – but not how you might expect. You see, the shining truth of the compact car business is that while flashy performance and dramatic styling might look good on TV ads and get enthusiasts all hot and bothered, it’s comfort, cost, and features that move metal off the showroom floor. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze takes what the car already did so well and refines it to the point where it’s hard to argue that it hasn’t elbowed its way into the top five options for budget-conscious buyers.
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