Honda Civic Vs Chevy Cruze
The doors, floor, dash and rear tray have all been padded with added soundproofing, nearly eliminating road noise entirely. Even the soft-touch dash materials seem to absorb added sound from the motor. At idle, you almost have to step out of the car to check if it is still running!
Available standard technology is where the Civic really sets itself apart from the Cruze. Each trim level of the 2015 Civic carries with it its own unique personality and card catalogue of additional features. Whether the hot rod feel of the SI or the fuel economy of the HF are what you are looking for, Honda certainly offers something for everybody. An overview of the features offered in the new Civic unveils Bluetooth pairing on every model, along with text message reading, Pandora internet radio integration and an upgraded navigation system. Honda’s patented HondaLink™ system blows every comparable entertainment and convenience system out of the water. Available as a standard on the Civic are such features as a rear-view camera, forward-collision warning system and the innovative lane-departure warning system that features a camera on the passenger’s side view mirror. When signalling a right-hand turn, this camera transmits an image to the screen integrated into the dash of the Civic, allowing a clear view of any obstacles or vehicles that will obstruct your transition. While these features are available as a standard on the Civic, they are only available as an option with an added cost on the Cruze. In terms of overall value, these features alone push the Civic out on top.
The 2015 Honda Civic is equipped with a smooth-shifting and fuel efficient CVT transmission that replaced their 5-speed automatic last year. This switch-around, paired with the Civic’s 1.8-liter, 4 cylinder engine will give you 33 combined miles per gallon fuel economy. Get into the HF model, which features aerodynamic enhancements, different gearing and low-rolling-resistant tires and you will see that number bump up to 35 miles per gallon. Or, for those searching for optimum fuel economy, the hybrid model puts out a very impressive 45 miles per gallon. Not bad for a vehicle that produces 143 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque! Even if you decide not to go with the hybrid model, all of the new Civics are outfitted with their signature Econ Mode, which when engaged optimizes the fuel consumption of your vehicle with a barely noticeable dip in power output.
Its distinctive roofline and stance make the Civic easily recognizable on Edmonton’s busy streets. Its firm and settled ride quality showcases Honda’s timeless reflection of quality. This reflection, Honda’s promise, has resulted in their production of one of the best-performing compact cars sold in Canada for over a decade. It is a conservative car that packs a punch and boasts top safety records across the board alongside low maintenance costs and fuel frugality. The Cruze comes in close, but its less refined interior, plainer exterior and inferior handling simply aren’t enough for it to come out ahead of the Civic’s chiseled features and solid driving control. Take one for a ride and see for yourself what Honda is bringing to the table.