Chevrolet Cruze vs. Civic, Corolla & Focus

The compact car segment is a popular one, with dozens of offerings from dozens of manufacturers all competing for your hard earned dollars. These vehicles are very appealing. They are compact enough to park in a crowded parking lot or tight garage. They are exceptionally good on gas. They start at well under $20,000. They come with lots of features and they are extremely safe. All in all, they are a smart choice for many buyers.

With so many options, it can sometimes be overwhelming for consumers. While certain brands have dominated in recent years, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze makes a strong case for being the class leader. Here are just a few of the reasons that the Cruze is better than the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus.

1. Availability of a Turbo & Diesel
The Chevrolet Cruze offers a 1.4L turbocharged 4 cylinder, an option lacking on both the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. A turbo is a great choice, as it allows you to keep the fuel efficiency of the 4 cylinder engine, but provides added power and performance when needed. 4 cylinder engines have a reputation for being less than stellar performers, but the turbocharged Cruze is a sensible choice that doesn’t sacrifice a little bit of fun. You can also drive home a Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. An option neither of the competitors offers.

Chevrolet Cruze

2. Ten Standard Airbags
When the Cruze hit the market, it was the first vehicle in its class to offer 10 airbags standard on every model. Fast forward to 2014 and you still can not get this on the Civic, Corolla and Focus. Honda offers 6 airbags standard, Toyota offers 8 and Ford offers 7. The added confidence of 10 airbags gives you and your family peace of mind.


3. Powertrain Warranty
The powertrain warranty for the Cruze, Civic, Corolla and Focus is quite similar, with one exception. The powertrain warranty on the Cruze is 5 years/160,000 kms. The other three only offer 5 years/100,000kms.

Chevy Cruze


4. Interior Space
The goal for any compact car is to maintain a manageable exterior size without compromising interior passenger comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze does just that, with more front seat legroom than the Civic and Focus. In the Cruze you will find 1074mm of leg room, which for a driver such as myself who is well over 6 feet tall, is very much appreciated. The Civic only has 1066mm and the Focus 1064mm.


5. Crash Response
Every Chevrolet Cruze comes with OnStar which provides real time crash response in the event of an accident. This can get help to you instantly, and gives you peace of mind knowing that a live operator is available to help in the event of an emergency. Honda, Toyota and Ford do not offer such a program across all of their vehicles.


There are many other reasons to consider a Chevrolet Cruze and dozens of features and innovations that make it superior to all of its competition. The best way to experience the Cruze is to come for a test drive. Sit in it. Push all of the buttons. Treat it as you would in your everyday life. It will definitely impress. Please call (604) 507-5542, visit or visit us at 2595 Barnet Highway in Coquitlam, BC!