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The Merrier - The 2019 Honda Civic in Clear Lake vs. the Chevrolet Cruze

Today it’s the 2019 Honda Civic in Clear Lake versus the Chevrolet Cruze, and if you’ve never considered yourself to be a Honda person before, your opinion will change after reading this…

More Powerful and Fuel Efficient

All Civic models come with incredibly powerful engines that can outrun the Chevrolet Cruze. The standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cylinder produces 158 horsepower while the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cylinder only cranks out 153 horsepower. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more power (174hp) than the Cruze, and the Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cylinder brings home an incredible 180 horsepower (27 more than Cruze). All of this power gives you an advantage over Chevy, as a test conducted by Motor Trend shows below:

Civic 4 cyl.

Civic 1.5T


Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

6.8 sec

8.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

93 MPH

82.7 MPH

Don’t let all of this power lead you to believe that you’ll be forking over more cash at the gas pump. The Environmental Protection Agency but the Civic Sedan and Hatchback to the test against the Cruze and found that each Honda gets better fuel mileage than Chevy:

Civic Sedan

Cruze Sedan

EX/EX-L 1.5 Turbo/Auto

32 city/42 hwy*

30 city/38 hwy*

1.4 Turbo/Auto

Touring 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/38 hwy*

28 city/38 hwy*

1.4 Turbo/Auto Premier

Civic Hatchback

Cruze Hatchback

LX/EX/EX-L Navi1.5 Turbo/Auto

31 city/40 hwy*

28 city/38 hwy*

1.4 Turbo/Auto

Sport LL-CVT 1.5 Turbo/Auto

30 city/36 hwy*

28 city/37 hwy*

1.4 Turbo/Auto Premier

The Civic also comes with a cap-less fueling system which cuts down on fuel evaporation. It does this by having a fuel fuller that automatically opens and closes when the fuel nozzle is inserted or removed. The Cruze doesn’t come with a cap-less fueling system, so it will release more pollutants into the air every time it needs a fill-up.

More Control In All The Right Places

To help control all of that power, the Civic has a fully independent front and rear suspension systems to grip the pavement better without sacrificing comfort. Along with those suspension systems is the Civic’s front and rear stabilizer bars to keep the vehicle flat when cornering. As icing on the cake, the Civic also has drift compensation steering to help keep the car straight when the road conditions get a little tricky. The Cruze unfortunately only has a semi-independent rear suspension system, doesn’t offer rear stabilizer bars, and doesn’t come standard with drift compensation steering.

Keeping Your Eyes Focused

When driving through that sunrise or sunset, the occasional glare that inhibits the driver’s vision can be dangerous. To help combat this, the Civic has extendable sun visors that cover a more significant portion of the windshield for both the driver and front passenger. When nightfall hits and you find yourself blinded by drivers behind you, the Civic’s rearview mirror’s automatic dimming feature will come in handy. This mirror can automatically darken when headlights shine on it, keeping the driver focused on the road ahead instead of the driver behind them. The Cruze doesn’t offer either of these features, nor does it provide Adaptive Cruise Control to help keep you at a safe following distance from other vehicles. This feature on the Civic can alter the vehicles cruise control without the driver intervening, to keep you at a safe distance when traffic starts to slow or speed up.

After all is said in done, it’s clear that the 2019 Honda Civic in Clear Lake is a better vehicle overall than the Chevrolet Cruze. There’s more to discover from this Honda, so visit Honda of Clear Lake for a test-drive this week! We promise you’ll be blown away by what this Civic can offer.

*25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for LX & Sport 6MT trims. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.