Compare The Chevrolet Cruze to Toyota Corolla
If these two cars were boxers, the match between them would be deemed illegal. The differences are so abrupt it would be dangerous to let them in the same ring. Surprising how a few years ago this would have been such an even fight. Once two good cars one took the road to become even better while the other slowly drifted into anonymity, the best of its days clearly behind.
We’re comparing the Chevrolet Cruze with the Toyota Corolla. A little time ago Corolla was a feared pretender to the title of American Market's Sedan Champion that came from the Far East. Not anymore and I'll show you why.
The first thing any buyer will observe when comparing the two is the staggering difference between their interiors. Cruze makes you feel you got much more than you paid for with its use of quality materials and delicate craftsmanship like the contrast-color stitching of its faux-leather finishing. Small details executed flawlessly that combine for a general premium look and feel. The Corolla looks as if it had a small interior budget and it made do with what was available. Definitely a low point for the make as you get a pungent feel of “Where did my money go?” as you get inside.
The driving experience divides the two cars further. Corolla has a slow and terribly boring 1.8L L4 DOHC 16-valve engine that’s going to put out a maximum of 137 hp at 6100 rpm. Considering you get almost identical mileage from Cruze’s nimble 1.4L L4 turbo DOHC 16-valve engine, capable of producing 153 hp at 5600 rpm, Chevrolet scores another point. Furthermore, Chevy has a diesel engine available, if you can afford it, and that is even more enjoyable to drive.
An obvious sign that the Chevrolet Cruze is produced by an American manufacturer is the car’s exceptionally roomy interior. The sedan sits 4 adults comfortably and has above average storage space which reaches impressive numbers if you choose the hatchback. Oh yeah, almost forgot, the Chevrolet Cruze has two body options, the sedan or the hatchback, the former being introduced just last year.
The final nail in Corolla's coffin comes from the technological gap between the two cars. The first noticeable difference and an undeniable lack of market-knowledge on Toyota's side is the absence of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features in the Corolla. Options you'll get in every Chevrolet model, even the entry-level ones at haft the Corolla's price. It has become almost a market standard in 2018 to have at least one if not both available as smartphone integration is considered a basic option by most, not an upgrade. Chevrolet’s famous MyLink system is known to set the standard as far as infotainment systems go. It is among the most easy-to-use and responsive interfaces available on any make of car. Standard options include a rear-view camera, and you can upgrade your Cruze with high-tech safety features like Lane Assist, Pedestrian Detection or Emergency Breaking.
If once these two were inseparable, like identical twins, one of the cars took a wrong turn some time ago, and it kept on going down the wrong path ever since. If Chevy upgrades its model constantly, the Corolla is yet to see significant improvements in the past few years.
In a world that’s continually evolving, standing still means you’re falling behind and this is exactly what happened to the Corolla.