SONS Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet Cruze VS 2018 Hyundai Elantra Near Duluth, GA

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze

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2018 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Cruze are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Cruze and the Elantra GT 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cruze for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra GT.

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cruze’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Cruze has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

The battery on the Cruze is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Cruze’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Elantra GT’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cruze second among compact cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Elantra GT isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 150) than the Elantra GT’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Cruze’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 150) than the Elantra GT’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cruze’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 195) than the Elantra GT Sport’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Cruze

Elantra GT

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Sedan/6-Spd.Manual

30 city/52 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Hatchback/9-Spd.Manual

29 city/48 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Sedan/6-Spd.Manual

31 city/47 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Hatchback/9-Spd.Manual

30 city/45 hwy

n/a

 

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:

 

 

Cruze

Elantra GT

 

 

 

n/a

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./6-Spd.Manual

27 city/40 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

turbo 4 cyl.

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./6-Spd.Manual

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/40 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

turbo 4 cyl.

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cruze Auto’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 Elantra GT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Cruze stops shorter than the Elantra GT:

 

Cruze

Elantra GT

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cruze’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Elantra GT (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Cruze easier. The Cruze’s trunk lift-over height is 27.4 inches, while the Elantra GT’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cruze Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Cruze and the Elantra GT have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cruze is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra GT prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Cruze’s standard front power windows lower 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 Elantra GT’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Cruze’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Elantra GT’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Elantra GT only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Cruze and the Elantra GT offer available heated front seats. The Cruze Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Elantra GT.

On extremely cold winter days, the Cruze’s optional (except L/LS/LT gas) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Cruze Premier offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Cruze owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Cruze will cost $515 to $1065 less than the Elantra GT over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Cruze as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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