2016 Chevrolet Cruze review

Despite the growing ubiquity of crossovers, one of America’s most tried and true segments — non-premium, small sedans — is still a major battleground. If you want to do well with a group of cars that have been on this war-torn field since your author was in kindergarten, you need to bring your A-game.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze hits the road in Nashville delivering an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway and the most connectivity in its class.

The last Chevrolet Cruze did not bring its A-game. I thought it was frumpy and not that great of a driver. The 2016 Cruze, all new for this model year, rectifies that with an impressive technological loadout, attractive looks all around and solid fuel efficiency. It’s an impressive addition to a cutthroat segment, but it falls short of being a standout.

A makeover worthy of “She’s All That”

The old Cruze was blocky and clumsy. This time around, everything’s a bit smoother, a bit slipperier, a bit more contemporary. It adopts many traits from its stablemates, like the general shape of its grille and lighting elements. The side is suitably stylized along the rocker panels and just below the belt line. It’s a whole new car, truly, and it looks good, lacking the craziness of the new Civic but possessing a bit more soul than the uninspired Corolla.

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