Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Near Buford, GA

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2017 Honda Civic Sedan

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2017 Honda Civic Sedan

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2017 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.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cruze’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cruze doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 which 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cruze has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

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

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


Civic 4 cyl.

Civic turbo 4 cyl.


Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

7.2 sec

8.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

92.4 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:







2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/40 hwy




1.5 Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

31 city/42 hwy

28 city/39 hwy

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl./Manual


2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy




1.5 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

32 city/42 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto




29 city/39 hwy

Premier 1.4 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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







1.5 Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

30 city/39 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl./Manual


Sport 1.5 Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

30 city/39 hwy




1.5 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

1.4 Turbo 4 cyl./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:




Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.8 inches

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 EX Sedan handles at .85 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

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).

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.

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

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 $175 less for a water pump, $419 less for an alternator, $56 less for front brake pads, $12 less for fuel injection, $81 less for a fuel pump and $136 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its October 2016 issue and the Honda Civic EX Sedan won out over the Chevrolet Cruze Premier Sedan.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Cruze has never been chosen.

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

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