North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Near Chatsworth, GA

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Cruze Limited have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Fiesta

Cruze Limited

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

173 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited:

Fiesta

Cruze Limited

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

162

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

215 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

307

327

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

180

250

Hip Force

717 lbs.

857 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Cruze Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Cruze Limited’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Limited ECO turbo 4 cyl. Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 28 city/42 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Limited:

Fiesta

Cruze Limited

1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

28 city/36 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

22 city/35 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Cruze Limited:

Fiesta

Cruze Limited

80 to 0 MPH

138 feet

235 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Cruze Limited, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Cruze Limited’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.7 feet). The Fiesta’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Cruze Limited LTZ’s (34.4 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Chevrolet Cruze Limited.

The Fiesta Sedan is 7.5 inches shorter than the Cruze Limited, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cruze Limited’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Cruze Limited’s available Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

With standard voice command, the Fiesta offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Cruze Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Cruze Limited because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Cruze Limited, including $111 less for a water pump, $156 less for an alternator, $68 less for front brake pads, $126 less for fuel injection, $10 less for a fuel pump, $20 less for front struts and $460 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $788 to $4367 less than for the Chevrolet Cruze Limited.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Cruze Limited won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cruze Limited isn’t in the top three.

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