2018 Honda Civic vs Chevy Cruze
The small sedan sector is certainly crowded, and among the most competitive across the auto market. While SUVs rule the roads, there’s still a lot of people who prefer the fuel efficiency, comfort and easy ride they get from an economical small car.
The Honda Civic and Chevy Cruze are both outstanding small sedans which are dominating forces in the sector every year. Both feature outstanding performance, safety and roominess. It’s little wonder that drivers across the Miami, Doral and Hialeah areas debate which one is the better vehicle for getting around town. Check out this thorough breakdown, review and comparison of the 2018 Honda Civic vs. the new Chevy Cruze, and learn where you can go for a test drive today.
The 2018 Honda Civic has two available engines. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter I-4 engine, featuring 158 horsepower. Step up a few trims and you’ll get Honda’s Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 engine, packing more of a punch with 174 horsepower. All trims have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with overdrive. Together they deliver seamless shifting with more power, while maintaining optimal fuel economy.
The 2018 Chevy Cruze also has two engine options. The standard 1.4L ECOTEC® DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine sounds impressive, but it only delivers 153 horsepower. Move up a few trims and you get the 1.6L ECOTEC® DOHC Turbo Diesel 4-cylinder engine. This upgrade isn’t great in terms of power, though. It has 137 hp, even less horsepower than the base version. While both are respectable, neither can approach the Civic in terms of performance.
Technology & Safety
The 2018 Honda Civic and 2018 Chevy Cruze both feature infotainment systems to make driving more enjoyable, and both include smartphone integration technology. This makes it easy to access your Android or Apple apps, navigate unfamiliar territory and safely connect with friends and family.
However, in terms of vehicle safety, there are some differences. The 2018 Honda Civic offers Honda Sensing®, a wide-spectrum system that includes multiple driver-assist technologies such as:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Warning
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
The system is designed to alert you of a possible crash, giving you time to slow down and avoid a collision or reduce its severity. Honda Sensing® may also automatically apply your brakes for additional safety.
The Chevy Cruze has Chevrolet’s OnStar® system, which has crisis assist, automatic crash response and emergency services, among other features. Although it’s a good system, the Cruze lacks adaptive cruise control, its infotainment system isn’t as full-featured, and it doesn’t have anything even close to the Honda Sensing® package.
The Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze both offer hatchback models. Each has good interior space for passengers and cargo, but the Honda Civic Hatchback offers more room by several feet. The 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback offers 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the second row. The 2018 Chevy Cruze only has 22.7 cubic feet of volume with the seats up.
The Civic Hatchback makes sure passengers have ample room, with 97.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Chevy Cruze Hatchback has about 94 cubic feet of passenger volume, giving occupants less space to relax. In all ways, the Cruze is a smaller car with less space inside.
Test Drive the Honda Civic
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a fair sedan. In the end, however, it lacks power, hatchback space and some advanced safety features that make the 2018 Honda Civic a better vehicle. The Civic is clearly the winner of this head-to-head competition. You can check out a Honda Civic for yourself at Braman Honda in Miami if you’re in the Miami, Doral and Hialeah areas. Contact us to take a test drive today.