The Cruze offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Corolla doesn't offer a collision warning system.
The Cruze’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Corolla doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Cruze’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Cruze’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Cruze and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and daytime running lights.
The Cruze’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Corolla’s (6 vs. 5 years).
There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cruze’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 9th.
The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (153 vs. 132) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 128) than the Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (153 vs. 140) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 126) than the Corolla LE Eco’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cruze’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corolla doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Chevrolet Cruze has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.
For better traction, the Cruze’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla (225/45R17 vs. 215/45R17).
The Cruze Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla S/Special Edition’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cruze Premier offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Corolla’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cruze is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.
For better maneuverability, the Cruze’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.6 feet).
The Cruze has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 8 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.
The Cruze’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
The Cruze has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
Both the Cruze and the Corolla offer available heated front seats. The Cruze also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Corolla.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Cruze’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corolla doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.