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While crossovers may be the new, popular kid on the block, compact vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze are still extremely popular. With the addition of a new hatchback body style last year and an available diesel engine, Chevrolet’s compact offering should now appeal to those looking for a fuel-efficient car that’s easy and enjoyable to drive.

What's New for 2018

Not much changes for the 2018 Cruze. Satin Steel Gray Metallic is a new exterior color, while the hatchback body style is now offered with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine.

Chevy Cruze

Choosing Your Chevrolet Cruze

Available as either a sedan or a hatchback, the Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Power is put down through the front wheels regardless of trim.

With the six-speed automatic, the Cruze is capable of returning 29 miles per gallon in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. Vehicles with a manual transmission can muster 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on highway, and 32 mpg combined.

While compact cars of yesteryear were stripped out models without any convenience features, the new Cruze is packed to the gills with high-tech goodies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The latest edition of Chevrolet MyLink, offered in both seven- and eight-inch screens, brings new apps to the vehicle, while the latest safety features are available through optional packages.

The Cruze is also available with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder and is listed separately.

The Cruze comes in four different trims:

L

The entry-level L model is only available as a sedan and starts at $17,850 (all prices include the $875 destination fee). The sedan comes with a six-speed manual transmission, seven-inch touch-screen display, a rear-vision camera, 15-inch steel wheels, four-speaker audio system, cloth seats, and remote keyless entry.

Don't count on seeing the Cruze L on your local dealer's lot – it's sold almost exclusively to rental car companies and other fleet operators.

LS

The next step up, the LS trim, is also only available as a sedan and is priced at $19,400. The trim adds a compass, console with armrest, and carpeted floor mats over the base L model. The LS Automatic trim adds a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,000 more.

The Ground Effects Package ($1,495) adds a different rear bumper, more aggressive side sills, and a sportier front lip.

LT

Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the LT Manual sedan starts at $21,025, while the hatchback is priced at $22,115. Standard features on the LT trim includes a six-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, SiriusXM satellite radio, and LED daytime running lamps. Getting an automatic transmission for the sedan is an extra $1,300, while getting an automatic gearbox for the hatchback costs an additional $680.

The Redline Edition Package ($995) adds black emblems with red outline, a black bowtie, black beltline moldings, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and an upgraded rear suspension that promises better stability. The Convenience Package ($1,150) includes keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, an eight-way driver’s seat, and a remote start system on vehicles with automatic transmissions. The Sun and Sound Package ($1,495) adds Chevrolet MyLink with an eight-inch screen, a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system, a power sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, and ambient lighting.

The Driver Confidence Package ($495) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Lastly, the RS Package incorporates a rear spoiler, front fog lamps, a sport body kit, and RS badges.

Premier

The Premier trim is the top-of-the-line configuration for both the hatchback and sedan body style. Available with only an automatic transmission the Premier Sedan starts at $24,350, while the hatchback is priced at $24,820.

The range-topping trim adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a remote start system, passive entry/push button start, and an even more dynamic suspension setup that emphasis comfort.

Packages available for the Premier trim include the Enhanced Convenience Package ($865) that adds single-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, wireless charging, a 110-volt power outlet, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and driver express-up/down power windows.

The Sun and Sound with Navigation Package ($1,995) adds the same features as the Sun and Sound Package, but adds a navigation to the MyLink infotainment system. Lastly, the Driver Confidence II Package ($1,655) includes the Driver Confidence Package, the Enhanced Convenience Package, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

CarsDirect Tip

With the hatchback’s more fluid lines, more accessible cargo area, and improved cargo space, it’s the body style we recommend. The LT trim comes with some great features as standard, while the Driver Confidence Package is worth the extra $495, simply for the peace of mind blind-spot monitoring provides.

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