Toyota Corolla versus Chevrolet Cruze: 2014 Models

toyota corolla vs chevrolet cruze

In case you are in a purchasing dilemma and trying to assess the Toyota Corolla versus Chevrolet Cruze, here is a concise overview of some key areas where (spoiler alert) the Cruze, while a strong contender against the latest Corolla incarnation, still falls a way behind.

Fuel Economy

In the battlefield of the Toyota Corolla versus Chevrolet Cruze fight for hearts and minds, fuel economy definitely helps to hold the high ground. Potential buyers of both cars are, more often than not, looking for a car that’s affordable to own and run, while offering practical performance capabilities and a modicum of comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze and the Corolla both offer plenty in this regard, yet the Toyota Corolla is well ahead in the race for best mileage per gallon.

Pitting the base models of both cars head-to-head for example highlights the fact that you’ll get a full 5 MPG more from the Corolla than the Cruze in city driving conditions. The Chevrolet Cruze LS can achieve 22 MPG at best in the city and 35 MPG* on the highway. Meanwhile the Toyota Corolla L delivers 27 MPG in the city streets and 36 MPG* when you stretch its legs on the open road.

Purchase Price

More affordable to run and cheaper to buy as well, the Toyota Corolla can be had for a starting price of $17,000 to $17,500 for the base model. While only a little more expensive, the Chevrolet Cruze has a starting price of $17,500 and up. Of course any savvy car buyer is going to look beyond the purchase price at the longer term cost of ownership, and here again the Corolla has the Cruze beaten.

Cost to Own and Resale Value

According to respected car buyer’s resource Intellichoice, the cost to own a base model Chevrolet Cruze will be at least $3,000 more than the Toyota Corolla L after five years. Furthermore, no other car consistently retains its value like a Toyota, and Intellichoice estimates that the Corolla will retain up to 61% of its original purchase price after five years, whereas the Chevrolet Cruze might manage to hold 45%. Therefore in Toyota Corolla versus Chevrolet Cruze cost of ownership comparisons, it all goes in favor of the Toyota.

Perhaps after reading this appraisal, your purchasing dilemma will be over. If so, why not come along to Miller Toyota of Manassas, VA, and get your hands on the 2014 Toyota Corolla of your choice?

*Based on 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.

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September 8, 2014
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