Why the 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited Is on a Tier of Its Own
The 2016 Chevy Cruze is expected to be among the leaders in the compact car segment. The vehicle offers a unique combination of technology, power, and efficiency, all for a very affordable price.
However, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to spruce up your vehicle a bit. Luckily, the brand has delivered a fully-equipped version of the compact car: the 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited. The ride features many of the most popular amenities and capabilities of the standard Cruze, but it also includes upgraded efficiency, a sportier design, and high-tech technologies.
To learn why this intriguing version of the 2016 Chevy Cruze is right for you, continue reading after the break…
The Cruze Limited offers some of the best fuel economy specs in the compact car segment. When accompanied with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, drivers can expect a 38 highway mile per gallon fuel economy. With the ECOTEC 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the highway fuel economy jumps to 42 mpg. These incredible numbers can partially be attributed to the Variable Valve Timing technology, as well as the sequential multi-port fuel injection.
While drivers wouldn’t necessarily expect power from a fuel efficient engine, the Cruze Limited still delivers quite a punch. When coupled with the six-speed automatic transmission, drivers can expect 138 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the Eco engine increases that torque to 148 lb.-ft. The engineers clearly didn’t compromise capability in favor of economy.
Handsome, Sporty Design
The Cruze Limited isn’t only about performance. It’s also about style, indicated by the creative and eye-catching designs of the 2016 model.
A large grille draws focus to the front of the vehicle, as does the front fascia and LED daytime running lights. The rounded body provides more of a luxury car feel, although the sudden angular curves do make the compact car rather sporty.
Head to the inside, and you’ll find a similar combination of style and luxury. The seats are covered in “soft-touch materials,” meaning drivers can enjoy unmatched comfort (especially if you opt for the leather heated front seats).
Surprisingly, the vehicle even offers an abundance of cargo room. Owners will be able to capitalize on the 15.4-cubic-feet of cargo space, a number that isn’t often seen in the compact car segment.
Luckily, you can personalize your Cruze Limited and completely make it your own. There are a number of ways to customize the color, wheel, trim, and interior options, meaning your new compact car doesn’t necessarily need to resemble your neighbor’s.
- Silver Ice Metallic
- Summit White
- Champagne Silver Metallic
- Blue Ray Metallic
- Tungsten Metallic
- Red Hot
- Black Granite Metallic (extra $225)
- Siren Red Tintcoat (extra $395)
- 16-inch steel wheels with silver-painted wheel covers
- 16-inch painted aluminum wheels
- 17-inch light-weight forged polished alloy wheels
- 17-inch five-spoke flangeless alloy wheels
- 18-inch split five-spoke flangeless silver-painted alloy wheels
- L Manual ($16,120)
- LS Manual ($17,845)
- LS Automatic ($18,970)
- 1LT Manual ($19,165)
- 1LT Automatic ($20,195)
- ECO Manual ($20,195)
- ECO Automatic ($21,470)
- Jet Black/Medium Titanium Premium Cloth Seat Trim
- Medium Titanium, Premium Cloth Seat Trim
- Jet Black, Premium Cloth Seat Trim
- Brownstone, Premium Cloth Seat Trim
- Jet Black, Leather-appointed seat trim
- Brownstone, Leather-appointed seat trim
- Cocoa/Light Neutral, Leather-appointed seat trim
We get it. These amenities are all well and good, but we’re also seeking some advanced entertainment features from our new ride. Luckily, there are plenty of technological inclusions to make any techie happy.
The interior is highlighted by the seven-inch MyLink touch-screen, allowing the driver to easily access a number of applications. They can access music or utilize the extensive navigation system…they can even use their phone. Thanks to the accompanying Siri Eyes Free capabilities, drivers will be able to seamlessly integrate their phone with their Cruze Limited. This means you can make calls and texts without ever taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. Of course, the Bluetooth technology allows the driver to take advantage of similar capabilities.
A touch screen system is what discerning consumers have come to expect, but will that be enough to keep your younger occupants distracted? Luckily, the Cruze Limited also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi, meaning your children can continue to access the internet, regardless of where they’re traveling.
These innovative technologies actually aren’t limited to the Cruze’s interior. Drivers can also utilize the creative OnStar RemoteLink technology. This allows the car’s owner to remotely lock/unlock their door or operate the engine. You can even call for roadside assistance, if necessary.
Reliable Safety Features
Of course, our top priority is keeping ourselves and our passengers safe. Luckily, the Cruze Limited offers a variety of safety features that will help keep all of the car’s occupants protected. We’re not even talking about the ten standard air bags…we’re talking about a variety of innovative, technological safety features.
For instance, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert will monitor whether any other drivers have suddenly snuck up beside your vehicle. Meanwhile, the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System (with Traction Control) will make sure that your vehicle is operating smoothly and not compromising its ability to do so.
Meanwhile, the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system will allow the driver to send emergency personnel if needed.
With all of these safety features, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that the 2015 Cruze earned a five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Based on what we know about the 2016 model, we can expect more of the same this year.
The best part? This 2016 Cruze Limited is incredibly affordable, coming in at $16,120. Rival vehicles with similar (albeit inferior) capabilities start north of $20,000, so you’ll be getting quite the deal with the Cruze Limited.
Of course, as you’ve learned, it isn’t just the price tag that makes the Cruze Limited stand out. The unique combination of efficiency, technology, style, and safety capabilities truly puts the car on a tier of its own. If you’ve been seeking an affordable vehicle that will keep you entertained and safe, there truly isn’t a better option on the market.