Chevrolet has taken the best attributes of its accomplished Malibu and Impala sedans and tucked them into a compact, fuel-efficient package. Boasting a comfortable ride, a relatively roomy interior, and effortless power, the Cruze is a competitive entry in a class dominated by Asian cars.

With its 2016 redesign, the Cruze is more technologically advanced—and more capable—with a road-test score near the top of its class.

All of that adds to the Cruze’s maturity. It shines with an uncanny ability to swallow bumps. It’s also quiet, and there’s no need to rev the turbo engine to get it going. But the Cruze doesn’t like to be rushed, preferring relaxed cruising to sporty handling.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze front

HIGHS: Ride, quietness, among roomiest in class
LOWS: Front-seat support, rear visibility
POWERTRAIN:  153-hp, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 30 mpg

2016 Chevrolet Cruze interior

Inside the somewhat drab cabin, we appreciate the relatively roomy rear seat, power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The standard 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also handy.

A rear camera is standard. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert are a $495 option. Forward-collision warning requires the top-tier Premier trim. Automatic emergency braking is not available.

The Cruze imparts the feeling of an enjoyable midsized sedan in a compact package, which is what many new-car customers may seek.

Read the complete Chevrolet Cruze road test.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the September 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.