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2017 L Manual 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $16,975
2017 LS Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $18,525
2017 LS Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,525
2017 LT Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,150
2017 LT Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,240
2017 LT Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,450
2017 LT Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,920
2017 Premier Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,475
2017 LT Diesel Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $23,795
2017 Premier Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,945
2017 LT Diesel Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,395

Overview

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.

Chevrolet Cruze

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.

Chevrolet Cruze

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.

Chevrolet Cruze

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.

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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.

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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.

Chevrolet Cruze

LT Hatchback

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

Chevrolet Cruze

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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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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After redesigning its front-drive compact sedan for the 2016 model year, Chevrolet launched a new hatchback body style for 2017. Less upright than the first-generation Cruze, the current model looks more modern and shapely, with a sportier demeanor.

Pricing and Equipment

Chevy offers the Cruze sedan in four trims – base L, LS, LT, and top Premier – while limiting its new, low-volume hatchback to just the LT and Premier levels. Starting at $17,850 (destination charge included) for the base L sedan, the Cruze tops out at $24,820 for a Premium hatchback. In between, the well-equipped LT trim starts at $21,025.

All Cruze models get the same powertrain. A 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 153 horsepower. In lower trim levels, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, with six-speed automatic optional. The automatic is standard only on the top-of-the-line Premier.

The Cruze LT sedan's standard features include:

  • 7.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Rearview camera
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • 10 airbags
  • Six-speaker audio
  • Satellite radio
  • Space-saver spare tire
  • Manual or optional automatic transmission

An RS sport-appearance package spices up the looks of higher-trim cars.

Performance Pros

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  • Passengers can expect a pleasantly comfortable ride in the Cruze, regardless of trim level. Ride comfort ranks close to best-in-class.
  • Handling. Reduced weight, compared to its predecessor, makes the current Cruze more nimble and responsive. More enjoyable to drive, too, though it doesn’t rank as sporty. Steering is well-weighted at both low and higher speeds.
  • Fuel economy stands out. With the automatic, the Cruze sedan returns an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon city, 40 highway, and 34 combined. The hatchback dips to 29 city and 38 highway for a 32-mpg combined rating.

Performance Cons

  • In ordinary driving, the Cruze powertrain can seem indecisive, shifting sluggishly, and not quite fully responsive.
  • No other factors about the Cruze warrant a full “con” designation, but few of them – like engine noise – can't quite manage to climb above average, either.

Interior Pros

  • Generous interior space comes closer to that of a mid-size model, rather than a compact. Back-seat riders get 36 inches of leg room, as well as ample hip space.
  • Unlike some compact-car competitors that lean a bit too far into contemporary trends, the Cruze dashboard is neither especially stylized nor excessively digital.
  • Sedan trunk space, totaling 13.7 cubic feet, ranks near the biggest for the compact category.

Interior Cons

  • The hatchback’s stylish but curvy roofline cuts into interior space, which is otherwise sizable and versatile.
  • Also in the hatchback, at least if equipped with the RS option package and bigger wheels, sounds can resonate in the back seat.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Ride comfort is the one area in which the Cruze truly excels. We’re also pleased to see that a rearview camera is installed on all models – a welcome safety feature.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Active safety features are available, at least as part of option groups, but adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are not among the offerings. Of course, Chevrolet is not alone in limiting availability of the latest safety technology for its less-expensive and smaller models. Note, too, that the base model has only a minimum of standard equipment. Both are tough pills to swallow when Honda is selling its entire Sensing suite for just $1,000 on nearly every Civic.

The Bottom Line

Slotting between Chevrolet’s Sonic and Malibu in size, the Cruze faces a lot of competition. Even if many of its traits don’t quite stand above the compact pack, an excellent ride can make up for a few modest deficiencies. Chevrolet soon will introduce a Cruze with a turbodiesel engine, which should yield even more tempting fuel economy.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 153 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 39 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 153 HP / 177 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 39 / 33 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$52
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.7 "
Exterior Width
70.5 "
Exterior Height
57.4 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
36.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
8-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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