Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Civic offers optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Cruze offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Civic and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The Civic’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (158 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (174 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (174 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Civic Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (180 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Civic Hatchback Sport is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze (manual transmissions tested):

 

Civic

Cruze

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17 sec

23 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Civic is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze (automatics tested):

 

Civic 4 cyl.

Civic 1.5T

Cruze

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

6.8 sec

8.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

93 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Sedan:

 

 

Civic

Cruze

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Manual

31 city/42 hwy

27 city/40 hwy

1.4 Turbo/Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

29 city/40 hwy

1.4 Turbo/Auto

 

 

n/a

29 city/39 hwy

Premier 1.4 Turbo/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Hatchback:

 

 

Civic

Cruze

 

 

1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

27 city/38 hwy

1.4 Turbo/Manual

 

Sport 1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

29 city/38 hwy

1.4 Turbo/Auto

 

Sport 1.5T/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

Premier 1.4 Turbo/Auto

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cruze doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Civic’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Cruze:

 

Civic

Cruze

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.8 inches

The Civic stops much shorter than the Cruze:

 

Civic

Cruze

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Cruze (215/55R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cruze (235/40R18 vs. 225/45R17).

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cruze L/LS’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/LX-P/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cruze L/LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Civic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cruze doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Civic Sport Hatchback handles at .93 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Civic’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (35.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Civic Sport Hatchback’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (37.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Civic Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Cruze is rated a Compact.

The Civic Sedan has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cruze (97.8 vs. 94).

The Civic Sedan has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cruze Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a larger trunk than the Cruze Sedan (15.1 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

The Civic Hatchback with its rear seat up has a much larger trunk than the Cruze Hatchback with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 22.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Cruze’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Cruze Premier’s optional front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Civic the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Cruze can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cruze doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Cruze’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic has standard extendable sun visors. The Cruze doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Cruze doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Civic will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic will retain 47.26% to 50.4% of its original price after five years, while the Cruze only retains 42.19% to 44.01%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Cruze because it costs $540 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the Cruze, including $179 less for a water pump, $318 less for an alternator, $55 less for front brake pads, $12 less for fuel injection, $82 less for a fuel pump and $136 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2017 issue and they ranked the Honda Civic Sport Hatchback first. They ranked the Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cruze isn’t in the top three.

The Honda Civic outsold the Chevrolet Cruze by almost two to one during 2016.

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