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Hey guys! Just bought my first car (always borrowed a family vehicle). Few days ago I bought the 2016 Chevy Cruze LT in Tungsten! Past 3 months I'd been driving a Sonic LT to and from work, 35 miles each way, so a Cruze seemed like a nice upgrade to me!
 

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Hey guys! Just bought my first car (always borrowed a family vehicle). Few days ago I bought the 2016 Chevy Cruze LT in Tungsten! Past 3 months I'd been driving a Sonic LT to and from work, 35 miles each way, so a Cruze seemed like a nice upgrade to me!
Yes the CRUZE runs rings around the Sonic. Welcome!
 

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Great car! I used to won a Cruze 1LT and found quite a few things I liked about it over my new Sonic LTZ. However handling, acceleration, MPG, city driving, city parking and overall fun to drive factor I have to give to the sonic.

What do I miss the most? better drivers information center on the Cruze, which i see GM has upgraded on the sonic in 2017.
 

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Welcome and sweet looking car. I have a 2012 Cruze and now I have been considering the upgrade myself! Great choice glad to have you here.
 

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Great car! I used to won a Cruze 1LT and found quite a few things I liked about it over my new Sonic LTZ. However handling, acceleration, MPG, city driving, city parking and overall fun to drive factor I have to give to the sonic.
How fun could driving one of those be? Cars.com says the CRUZE is clearly the better Car in all the categories you mention?

2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Chevrolet Sonic Review

COMPARISON REVIEW

Comfort
The Chevrolet Cruze offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Chevrolet Sonic. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Sonic in the front seats.
Convenience
With the Chevrolet Cruze you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.
Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Chevrolet Cruze is somewhat more expensive than the Chevrolet Sonic. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Sonic have similar Destination Charges.
Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Cruze is much wider than the Chevrolet Sonic, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Chevrolet Cruze, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Chevrolet Sonic.
Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Cruze does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Chevrolet Sonic.
Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Cruze is somewhat more powerful than the Chevrolet Sonic.
Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Sonic. The Chevrolet Cruze has less cargo capacity than the Chevrolet Sonic, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.
Warranty
The Chevrolet Cruze comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Chevrolet Sonic.

Compare the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic.

2016 CHEVROLET
CRUZE


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MSRP*: $16,620 - $23,120
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2016 CHEVROLET
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MSRP*: $14,345 - $21,495
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Cash Back Rebate:Up to $500Up to $500
Low APR Loan:As low as 1.90%As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive:As low as 1.32%As low as 1.44%
City MPG:29 - 3024 - 27
Highway MPG:40 - 4233 - 37
Engine(s):Inline-4Inline-4
Seating Capacity:5 - 55 - 5
Basic Warranty:3 years/36,000 miles3 years/36,000 miles
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Invoice*:$16,537 - $22,080$13,986 - $20,420





 

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Welcome to the forum! Congrats on your purchase! I hope you enjoy it for years to come!
 

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How fun could driving one of those be? Cars.com says the CRUZE is clearly the better Car in all the categories you mention?
Some of those "stats" are inaccurate for that comparison. The Sonic's optional 1.4T engine has the same horsepower an torque rating as the Cruze in a car that weights almost 400lbs less. Both my cars are stock, 0-60mph is significantly quicker with the sonic almost 10mph faster over the same time. I also find the Sonic much more stable above 75mph, but I think that's due to the larger wheels on my Sonic. Have read numerous reports about how the sonic with smaller wheels gets blown around on the highway and just upgrading to the 17in LTZ wheels greatly increases highway stability.

The sonic is much easier to park in the city, besides having a shorter wheelbase, being a hatchback its another 14in shorter than the sedan so you can zip around slow moving traffic with ease. The cruze drives like a larger car so it does have some advantage with ride quality. Corners I've taken daily in my cruze I can take at much faster speeds(25mph+ faster at times) in the sonic, I suspect some of that is due to the tiny 16in wheels I had on my cruze vs the 17in ones on my sonic. The Sonic is hands down more fun to toss in the corners, something my area of Wisconsin has lots of.

MPG wise they are close, but the Sonic get significantly better city MPG than the cruze, much better than the EPA numbers suggest. EPA claimed 27city, even at 100% city driving I've never gotten under 31mpg. That's a huge advantage, even if I add 10-15% more city driving to my route I still end up at or above the highway MPG rating for the car. I've only had my sonic a few months, I've already had more fill ups above 39MPG than I had over 100K in my cruze. If I fill up , get on the highway and set the cruise in both cars at 60mph, after a few hour drive my cruze would get 38MPG, the sonic 42MPG in summer weather with no AC use. That's 5MPG better than the sonic is rated for on the highway without any hypermiling techniques!

Now would I pay full price for a Sonic LTZ? no freakin way. On the same note I would not buy a cruze LTZ for full price either. Sonic at most is worth about $15K, cruze $22k in my book. Comparing a new 1LT cruze to say an LT sonic, no way I would buy the sonic. Buying my Sonic LTZ used it had already lost that significant chunk of first year value, with my down payment I already owe less than its worth! I was about $4000 in the hole most of the time with my cruze.

I'm sure the OP will greatly enjoy their new Cruze, I know we did and I'm happy it was our first brand new car purchase. After trade in price was deduced from what we originally paid, the Cruze cost us about $260 a month over 48 months and we put 95K on it over that time. Really didn't cost us much more than a lease and we had no mileage limits to worry about.
 

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Don't get me wrong, I loved the 2014 Sonic LT and it is a great car. However, I would have to disagree with the parking part. The Cruze is much easier for me to park but we can blame that on the rear-view/backup camera. (I park in pull through spots/back up into spots).

Side note:The dealer tried to sell me a fully equipped 2015 Sonic LTZ (in Kinetic Blue that had been sitting inside the showroom) for the same price as the 2016 Chevy Cruze LT.
 

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Some of those "stats" are inaccurate for that comparison. The Sonic's optional 1.4T engine has the same horsepower an torque rating as the Cruze in a car that weights almost 400lbs less. Both my cars are stock, 0-60mph is significantly quicker with the sonic almost 10mph faster over the same time. I also find the Sonic much more stable above 75mph, but I think that's due to the larger wheels on my Sonic. Have read numerous reports about how the sonic with smaller wheels gets blown around on the highway and just upgrading to the 17in LTZ wheels greatly increases highway stability.

The sonic is much easier to park in the city, besides having a shorter wheelbase, being a hatchback its another 14in shorter than the sedan so you can zip around slow moving traffic with ease. The cruze drives like a larger car so it does have some advantage with ride quality. Corners I've taken daily in my cruze I can take at much faster speeds(25mph+ faster at times) in the sonic, I suspect some of that is due to the tiny 16in wheels I had on my cruze vs the 17in ones on my sonic. The Sonic is hands down more fun to toss in the corners, something my area of Wisconsin has lots of.

MPG wise they are close, but the Sonic get significantly better city MPG than the cruze, much better than the EPA numbers suggest. EPA claimed 27city, even at 100% city driving I've never gotten under 31mpg. That's a huge advantage, even if I add 10-15% more city driving to my route I still end up at or above the highway MPG rating for the car. I've only had my sonic a few months, I've already had more fill ups above 39MPG than I had over 100K in my cruze. If I fill up , get on the highway and set the cruise in both cars at 60mph, after a few hour drive my cruze would get 38MPG, the sonic 42MPG in summer weather with no AC use. That's 5MPG better than the sonic is rated for on the highway without any hypermiling techniques!

Now would I pay full price for a Sonic LTZ? no freakin way. On the same note I would not buy a cruze LTZ for full price either. Sonic at most is worth about $15K, cruze $22k in my book. Comparing a new 1LT cruze to say an LT sonic, no way I would buy the sonic. Buying my Sonic LTZ used it had already lost that significant chunk of first year value, with my down payment I already owe less than its worth! I was about $4000 in the hole most of the time with my cruze.

I'm sure the OP will greatly enjoy their new Cruze, I know we did and I'm happy it was our first brand new car purchase. After trade in price was deduced from what we originally paid, the Cruze cost us about $260 a month over 48 months and we put 95K on it over that time. Really didn't cost us much more than a lease and we had no mileage limits to worry about.
You're comparing a 1st gen Cruze - that comparison was for the 2nd gen, which, mind you, weighs right about the same as the Sonic.

To the OP: Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new ride!
 
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Don't get me wrong, I loved the 2014 Sonic LT and it is a great car. However, I would have to disagree with the parking part. The Cruze is much easier for me to park but we can blame that on the rear-view/backup camera. (I park in pull through spots/back up into spots).

Side note:The dealer tried to sell me a fully equipped 2015 Sonic LTZ (in Kinetic Blue that had been sitting inside the showroom) for the same price as the 2016 Chevy Cruze LT.

Ya its crazy what they get for a new sonic, no way I would pay that kind of price. You will definitely be happy with your Cruze its a great value for the price.

Am I understanding you correctly your sonic didn't have a rear camera and your cruze does? My sonic does have the rear camera and my cruze did not, but that's not want I'm talking about when it comes to ease of parking. The shorter wheel base and narrower car the sonic is much more nimble navigating some of the ridiculously small parking lots in the city. The cruze drives like a much larger car than it is in this situation. Its not as bad as some of my old Buicks, but does have similar slow steering response in tight places.

If anything I miss the rear parking sensors I had on my cruze, i see GM is adding them to the sonic in 2017. I think the rear camera and those sensors work wonderful together and should always be packaged that way. That way when your not actually looking behind your and only glancing at the camera the sensors should alert you before you actually hit something.
 

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You're comparing a 1st gen Cruze - that comparison was for the 2nd gen, which, mind you, weighs right about the same as the Sonic.
Good eye, I did not notice that I though the comparison was to Gen1. Either way I drove the all new Cruze the day I deiced to buy my sonic, the all new cruze has very similar driving characteristics to the Gen1. Nothing wrong with that, I just needed a more city friendly car. Now when the A-hole next to me won't let me merge, I just need to hug up close to the guy in front and I can squeeze this tiny car right in between.
 

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Good eye, I did not notice that I though the comparison was to Gen1. Either way I drove the all new Cruze the day I deiced to buy my sonic, the all new cruze has very similar driving characteristics to the Gen1. Nothing wrong with that, I just needed a more city friendly car. Now when the A-hole next to me won't let me merge, I just need to hug up close to the guy in front and I can squeeze this tiny car right in between.
Driving done the DC way!

I don't have a problem shoving my way in ;)
 
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