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With impressive efficiency, thrilling performance potential, and a nimble design, the sedan is a great choice for many Lewistown, State College and Bellefonte drivers. Plus, with so many on the market, you have a lot to pick from.
To help you narrow down your options, The Lake Dealerships compared two favorites, The 2018 Chevy Cruze and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Check out our car comparison to learn which sedan has the most to offer your daily commutes.
Drivers who prefer to take complete control over their driving experience will like that both the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission.
However, if you prefer the smooth shifting and optimized performance offered by an automatic transmission, know that both sedans make a 6-speed automatic transmission available, even in the base trim.
Both the Cruze and Elantra provide reliable performance and drivability, as well, with what they have to offer under the hood. The Elantra comes with a 2.0L I-4 engine in its base trim that generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
The Cruze, however, packs its base trim with a 1.4L ECOTEC® turbocharged I-4 that generates 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, giving it an advantage over the Elantra in terms of the power available right in the base model.
Despite the increased power, the Cruze remains highly fuel efficient due to its ECOTEC® engine. This engine gets the Cruze up to an EPA-estimated 29 MPG in the city 40 MPG on the highway.
This is also due to the stop/start technology built into this sedan’s available automatic transmission that preserves fuel by powering down the engine during prolonged stops and starting it back up again when you hit the accelerator.
The Elantra doesn’t offer this kind of technology, leaving its base trim’s maximum EPA-estimated fuel economy capability at 26 MPG city and 36 MPG highway. Since both sedans offer comparable fuel tank sizes, drivers in the Elantra may find themselves stopping to fill up more often than Cruze drivers.
If you enjoy staying connected to the outside world while you’re nestled inside the cockpit of your sedan, you’ll like that both the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra make Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ available to their drivers.
These systems allow for complete smartphone integration with your car, so you can use voice commands and steering wheel-mounted controls to steam music, make phone calls, access text messages, locate travel destinations, and control some of your favorite apps.
In both sedans, information is presented on an available 7-inch touchscreen display.
The one difference, however, is that the Cruze makes this technology available in all trims, including at the base level, with its Chevrolet MyLink® suite, plus OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which you won’t find in the Elantra.
While drivers in the Elantra have access to Bluetooth® device connectivity in the base trim, they’d have to upgrade to a higher trim level to obtain the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration capabilities that are available to drivers in the base trim of the Cruze.
It’s safe to assume that most drivers value safety when choosing a car to help them get around town. The good news is, the Cruze and Elantra both have your back with their available smart safety technology.
When out on the highway, both cars make a blind spot monitor available, which alerts you to vehicles in your side blind spots. This technology also includes Lane Change Assist, which warns you of cars approaching quickly from behind in your intended lane, so you know when it’s safe to merge.
Both the Cruze and Elantra include a standard rearview camera, as well, for a clearer picture of the area directly behind your car, so that you can safely back out of a parking spot, or back into one.
To make it even easier to navigate busy parking lots, they both make Rear Cross Traffic Alert technology available, which issues a warning if approaching vehicles are detected behind your car while you’re in reverse.
The Cruze also offers available Rear Park Assist, which sounds an audible alert when stationary objects are detected directly behind your vehicle when you’re trying to back up. This is handy when squeezing into a tight parking space, or for avoiding stray grocery carts after doing your weekly shopping.
The Elantra doesn’t offer this kind of safety sensor, so drivers may be more prone to misjudging the amount of space behind them when backing into a spot.
Sometimes, no matter how careful we are behind the wheel, we find ourselves involved in a collision or caught with a flat. If that happens, both the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra will come to your aid.
They both offer post-collision response systems that automatically connect you to a trained advisor who can walk you through the aftermath of a crash and deploy emergency help using GPS technology to pinpoint your location.
Roadside Assistance is also included in both sedans, as well as a way to track down your car should you find that it’s no longer parked where you left it.
These remote systems take a family-friendly turn, too, should your teen borrow the car for the day or evening. You can set speed limits, maximum volume controls, curfew alerts, plus geo-fences that prevent your teen from driving outside of a preferred radius.
Yet again, however, we find that the Chevy Cruze offers its OnStar® Guidance Plan and Teen Driver technology standard in all trims, including the base.
If drivers in the Elantra want to have this kind of post-collision assistance or to exert control over their teen’s driving habits, they’ll have to upgrade to the penultimate trim level before it becomes available to them.
After our 2018 Chevy Cruze vs Hyundai Elantra comparison, we found that the Cruze has more to offer drivers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas.
If you want to try this sedan out for yourself, come to The Lake Dealerships and we’ll help you get behind the wheel. Contact us to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Chevy Cruze today!