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Introduced in 2011, the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze rolled out five years later. Lighter, larger and more polished than the original, no encore is needed. But don’t tell that to Chevrolet as the first compact hatchback since the Cavalier joins the sedan for 2017. We think the new body style will be well received as customers discover the extra measure of versatility hatchbacks provide.

What's New for 2017

Yes, a hatchback joins the sedan this year. This five-door model sits on the same roomy 106.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan, but comes in nine inches shorter overall. Where the sedan’s trunk measures a generous 14.8 cubic feet, the hatchback offers a whopping 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row is down. The new model is designed to appeal to a variety of people, including pet lovers, do-it-yourselfers, and campers.

Also new for 2017 is the second-generation Cruze Diesel, offering a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel that returns up to 52 miles per gallon on the highway.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Cruze

You have your choice of four trim levels with the sedan and two trim levels with the hatchback. All models are powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Except for the top trim levels, a six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is available.

Models equipped with the automatic transmission get better fuel economy, making an EPA-rated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Manual transmission-equipped Cruzes are rated at 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

The new diesel model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder to produce 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Fitted with the standard six-speed manual, it returns 30 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway (!). The optional nine-speed automatic improves the city rating to 31 mpg while dropping the highway figure to a still thrifty 47 mpg. Regardless of transmission, the EPA rates the Cruze Diesel at 37 mpg combined.

Technology savvy customers will be drawn to the Chevrolet Cruze as this model offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The latest Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is available and you can opt for Wi-Fi, turning your Cruze into a hotspot. Available safety features include rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.

L Sedan

Priced from $17,850, the entry-level Cruze L is the only model not offering an automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, keyless entry, a four-speaker audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with a seven-inch color display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth, cloth seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power windows and door locks, and air conditioning. All models are equipped with 10 airbags and a rearview camera.

LS Sedan

Choose the LS sedan and you can go with the standard manual gearbox or upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission. This model is priced from $19,400. Upgrades at this level include automatic headlamps, a floor console with a sliding armrest, and a six-speaker audio system.

LT Sedan

Choose the LT edition with a manual transmission and you’ll pay from $21,025. This trim brings in LED headlamps, front fog lamps, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, and the RS decorative package. You’ll also get a split-folding rear seat and map pockets.

LT Diesel

Starting at $24,670, the most efficient Cruze Diesel is based on LT model but adds the LT’s Convenience Package (keyless entry with push-button start and heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments on the driver’s side). The nine-speed automatic increases the price by $1,600.

Premier Sedan

The top-of-the-line Premier Automatic is priced from $24,350. At this trim, expect a number of premium touches, including 17-inch aluminum wheels, and power-heated and folding side mirrors. Inside, this sedan has keyless start, a start-stop system, leather seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and illuminated vanity mirrors.

LT Hatchback

With a price from $22,190, the LT hatchback offers all the features of the LT sedan.

Premier Hatchback

Priced from $24,820, the Premier Hatchback matches the equipment found in the Premier Sedan.

CarsDirect Tip

America’s earlier love affair with hatchbacks may be on the return. Consider this body style, especially if you prize the versatility found in SUVs, but prefer a more affordable substitute. Chances are the extra room when the back seat is folded will prove most welcoming when you need it.

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