2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet makes some of the top sedans on the road these days, and the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2016 Chevrolet Impala are both great examples. Drivers in Florence and Cincinnati looking for a vehicle with premium performance, features, space, and style should consider each of these models. Picking one over the other can be tricky, which is why we put together this helpful comparison guide. Find out which is the right one for you, and then check them out in person at Tom Gill Chevrolet.

Both Models at a Glance

2016 Chevy Cruze Limited Front

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

  • Fuel economy ratings as high as 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway
  • MSRP starting at $16,620
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard
2016 Chevy Impala Front

2016 Chevrolet Impala

  • Available V6 producing 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque
  • Roomy cabin and 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Perfect crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Price is a major factor in any car buying decision, and the cost of these two models varies significantly. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has an MSRP from $16,620 at the low end to $23,120 at the high end. The 2016 Chevrolet Impala, by contrast, starts at $27,095 and reaches $35,540 for the premium trim.


The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is classified as a smaller sedan, which is important to consider if you’re looking for a people mover. The cabin offers 93.5 cubic feet for five passengers, and the trunk delivers 14.8 cubic feet dedicated for cargo. Meanwhile, the 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a larger sedan and the better option for those who like a lot of room to spread out or carry cargo. The cabin has a generous 123.8 cubic feet, and the trunk is amply sized with 18.8 cubic feet.


Power and fuel economy are another major point of departure. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder enging that produces 153 hp and a zippy 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automatic is optional on all trims and standard on the highest. Fuel-efficiency ratings are especially impressive at 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with the manual, or 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway with the automatic.

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala, on the other hand, delivers significantly more power. A standard 2.5L four-cylinder linked to a six-speed automatic puts out 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. An optional 3.6L V6 elevates power even further to 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque and rockets the car to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Fuel economy tops out at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.


2016 Chevy Impala InteriorCompared to competing models in their respective segments, these cars come impressively equipped. Comparing them against each other reveals important differences, though. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Plus, thanks to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, you can stay connected and use apps on the go.

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is more focused on comfort. It comes standard with remote keyless entry, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio. It also has a Wi-Fi connection, and many high-tech features are available at higher trim levels or as options.

Which Chevrolet is Right for You?

You can’t go wrong with either of these cars, but their appeal depends on the type of driver you are. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the better option if you are looking for something affordable, great on gas, and loaded with today’s technologies. Its smaller size makes it ideal for city driving and parking, but that means it has less room for passengers and cargo.

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is geared toward drivers who like a big car with plenty of power and lots of room for passengers and all of their gear. In exchange for that power and space, you pay more for each trim and have to accept lower fuel-efficiency ratings.

Your Next Chevrolet Sedan is at Tom Gill Chevrolet

Tour and test drive either of these models at Tom Gill Chevrolet, located at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY. We are a 15-minute drive from the Cincinnati area and located just south of I-71. Visit us seven days a week, and contact us with any questions.