2016 Mazda3 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Mazda3 4dr blue


2016 Chevy Cruze Black

Chevy Cruze

There’s really no comparing the 2016 Mazda3 to the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze because the Mazda3 outpaces the Cruze when it comes to power, passenger volume, cargo capacity, and technology features. Keep reading to see how the 2016 Mazda3 compares to the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Chevy Cruze only offers one engine across all of its trims which really doesn’t give Stockton and Turlock drivers much choice. The Cruze comes with a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 153 hp. The 2016 Mazda3, on the other hand, comes standard with a 155-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder with VVT. Both engines can be paired to either a manual or automatic transmission and both offer similar efficiency ratings.

However, you’ll be able to opt for more power with the 2016 Mazda3 — but not with the Cruze. The Mazda3 has an available 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT that delivers a whopping 184 hp. It also earns a reputable 39 mpg on the highway with its standard 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode or up to 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with the automatic transmission and i-ELOOP technology.

Passenger Volume and Cargo Capacity

Whether you opt for the 2016 Mazda3 4-Door or the 2016 Mazda3 5-Door, you’re still going to get the same passenger volume of 96.3 cubic feet. Unfortunately, the 2016 Cruze is only available as a sedan, and it only offers up to 93.5 cubic feet of passenger space. You’ll feel noticeably cramped in the seats of the Cruze, with front hip room at 53.20 inches and rear hip room at 51.90. The Mazda3 has more room to spread out, with 55.5 inches of hip room in the front and 53.5 inches in the rear.

While the Cruze has a larger trunk capacity compared to the Mazda3 4-Door, the 2016 Mazda3 5-Door is your best option of the three if you regularly haul around lots of cargo. The 2016 Cruze only holds 14.8 cubic feet of cargo, while the Mazda3 5-Door holds 20.2 cubic feet by default or up to 47.1 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Tech Features

The 2016 Cruze lacks tech features that the 2016 Mazda3 offers. The following features come standard on even the base 2016 Mazda3 i Sport, but not with the Cruze L:

  • Push Button Start
  • Remote keyless entry system with “answer back” feature
  • AM/FM audio system with 6 speakers (only 4 speakers on the Cruze)
  • Bluetooth handsfree phone and audio streaming capability
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System

Drive the 2016 Mazda3 Today at Tracy Mazda

We invite our Manteca and Stockton customers to come down to our showroom to take either the Mazda3 4-Door or Mazda3 5-Door for a test drive today. Come see what they are all about! While you’re here, check out our comparison between the Mazda3 Touring and Mazda3 Grand Touring.