Looking at a Chevy Cruze? Try a Kia Optima, Rio, or Forte

Kia Forte Vs Chevy Cruze

It would be ridiculous to say that Kia is the only company that makes high-quality cars. You already know that there are plenty of other manufacturers that put serious time and detail into their vehicles. If we didn’t believe other brands made great cars, we wouldn’t buy them off of our customers and sell them on our used lot. We also find, however, many buyers come to Burlington Kia and Turnersville Kia wanting to know how our vehicles compare to another brand’s and why they should choose ours instead of another brand’s.

If you’ve stopped by Chevy’s webpage or their lot to look at their sedans and compacts, here is a detailed comparison of Kia’s models of the same size and in the same price range.

Kia Optima vs. Chevy Cruze

The Cruze does start off at a lower price point, though Chevy’s basic “LS” model does lack some of the features that Kia’s basic package on the Optima will offer. For example, cruise control is not available in the lowest trim options for the Cruze, but is standard on all Optima trims, even the most basic version. In order to get some of the more basic features with Chevy, you will have to bump up to the second or third trim, which puts the prices of this vehicle on par with the Optima.

There’s also something to be said, we think, for a company that offers its buyers a standard trim package that puts their vehicle in the 21st Century. Both Chevy and Ford remove cruise control and power windows from many of their lower trim packages and require the buyer to bump up to the next highest trim in order to get those necessary features.

The Optima also has more color choices to choose from, both for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. While Chevy is always expanding their color options, Kia now has more options for the buyer looking for a specific color, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Chevy does beat Kia when it comes to gas mileage, due to the Eco-Boost engines, but these engines are not standard in the Cruze, which means that the car you will likely be purchasing will not have the advertised 42 combined mpg, but will instead have fuel economy more in the low 30s. The Optima has a combined 27 mpg, which isn’t Kia’s best mileage, but will definitely help you save at the pump compared to many other vehicles.

Kia Rio vs. Chevy Cruze

Like the Optima, the Kia Rio has Cruze beat when it comes to what’s included in a standard package. While the Rio is technically a compact, which some people would think doesn’t necessarily put it in the same category, it is comparatively sized and priced, which makes it a great alternative for buyers who come to our lot looking for something similar to the Cruze.

Where the Rio has Chevy beat is both in price and combined MPG. The Rio starts at just under $14,000, which makes it the ideal option for someone looking for a functional little sedan for running errands or commuting. Because its starting price is so low, many buyers choose to spring for a higher trim package, which makes this car even more functional, including benefits like a backup camera and an even more powerful engine.

The Kia Rio also offers 37 highway mpg and incredible safety ratings, which makes it a great buy, despite what other vehicles you might be looking at. The Rio is definitely one of Kia’s best values, and especially for first-time car buyers who are wary of locking themselves into car payments for the long-term, this lower-priced option can be a great way to get a beautiful, reliable vehicle (with one of the best warranties on the market), without having to get financing for $25,000.

Kia Forte vs. Chevy Cruze

In between the Rio and the Optima in Kia’s lineup is the Forte. Starting just shy of $16,000, this compact car is often the first our salespeople will point out when someone tells us they’ve been over to Chevrolet and seen the Cruze. They start out at similar prices and have many of the same features. Of course, like all Kia cars, the basic trim package will have more of the most essential features than Chevy’s L or LS trim can provide for the Cruze.


A combined 31 mpg put the Forte nose to nose with the Cruze when it comes to gas mileage, and while there are limited color options for the Forte, most buyers find that they can find a paint color they like, especially if they choose the EX trim (which has far more options than the LX).

The Bottom Line

It’s important to shop around when you are looking for a car. If you’ve settled on a sedan, you are probably looking at all of the sedans that both we and our competitors offer. It’s important to remember that while shopping around is great, you shouldn’t let flashy deals blind you to the aspects of car buying that are actually important. For reliable, beautiful vehicles, Kia is definitely one of the best options. We have a wide variety of sedans and compacts to choose from that are competitively priced, so it’s easy to get the car you want.

Every brand’s selection of vehicles will have their own positive and negative aspects. We think that Kia is the best not only because of their high-quality cars, but also because of the excellent warranties they offer their drivers. So, if you’ve looked at the Chevy Cruze, it’s time to stop by our New Jersey Kia dealership and see the Optima, Rio, and Forte.

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