It's shaping up to be a big year for Chevrolet's car lineup with redesigns planned for the Volt, Spark, Malibu, Camaro and now Cruze. A look at what journalists and analysts are saying about the revamped Cruze compact for 2016:
"Like other compact sedans that have been introduced in the last year, Cruze will face headwinds of moderately inexpensive gas and many Americans' preference for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers. The new Cruze takes several strides forward in safety technology. There are 10 air bags, a side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure alert and forward collision alert, all sensor-enabled steps down the road to autonomous driving."
-- Detroit Free Press
"... The new Cruze strikes us as a big step forward. One of the biggest updates comes in the rear seat, where passengers no longer need Japanese subway pushers to cram them inside. It’s one of the roomiest back seats in the class, with plenty of leg and foot room even for six footers. In fact, the rear seats look like they have more legroom than Chevy’s next larger sedan, the Malibu. (The Malibu is growing larger with its own 2016 redesign.) Some versions even pamper rear-seat occupants with their own seat heaters — a rare treat in a small car ... With better fuel economy and reliability, and a more comfortable back seat, the new Cruze could be more than competitive; it could be a real small-car contender."
-- Consumer Reports
"So it seems that Chevy has gotten the package right, with some of the best materials to be found in a compact car, plenty of space and a dramatically improved multimedia experience."