The market for new sedans today is a fist fight, with competitors trying to one-up each other at every turn while keeping affordability at the forefront. We know that narrowing down the field is tough, and the information seemingly endless, but if you’re like a lot of buyers today, chances are that your sedan short list has the new Sonata and the Cruze close to the top. To make your decision a little easier, Thornton Road Hyundai has put together this Hyundai Sonata vs. Chevy Cruze comparison.
The Hyundai Sonata GLS
Starting around $21K MSRP, the Hyundai Sonata packs a pretty serious punch. A midsize sedan with 5 very comfortable seats, passengers can stretch out comfortably thanks to the luxurious head and legroom afforded by the smart interior design. A strong 2.4L engine is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual mode!) to deliver an incredible 198 horsepower and 184 ft-lb of torque, while managing a solid 35 highway mpg rating.
The Chevy Cruze 1LT
At a slightly lower starting price point at around 19K MSRP, this compact sedan is a fun, but not as powerful ride. 5 passengers can find seats, but due to its smaller size, there isn’t as much head or leg room to relax in. Powered by 1.4L turbocharged engine, the 6-speed manual transmission helps get the 38 highway mpg, but it only delivers 138 hp and 148 ft-lb of torque.
Not only does the Sonata have a beautifully refined exterior design, its interior boasts some elements and features that are going to make you wonder if it’s really possible to have it all. 5 incredibly comfortable seats let you soak in, as you warm up with the available heated seats. Stay connected thanks to Blue Link technology, which connects through your smartphone to let you do just about anything. Navigate across country or across town with the built in navigation system that uses the available voice recognition system on the available 8-inch touchscreen, or just back out of your driveway using the rearview camera. Get crystal clear sound thanks to the standard 104-watt 6 speaker sound system with USB/iPod integration and Bluetooth.
The Cruze 1LT is a step above the base level Cruze, but options are relatively limited. Standard features include a 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary input and 3 months of SiriusXM satellite radio, premium cloth seats, a 6-way manual adjustment driver’s seat, a 60-40 split rear seat, and a leather wrapped steering with mounted audio and phone controls.
Bias aside, if you’re aiming to stay around the 20K mark in the sedan market, do yourself a favor and give the 2014 Elantra a try. With more room, features and better performance than the Chevy Cruze, it’s on a different playing field. Still not convinced? Stop in to Thornton Road Hyundai today and give it a test drive!