Review: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Review

The new model of Cruze is ready to play, and the competition might want to take note. As Chevy's answer to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, this hatchback or sedan is stylish, well-equipped, and ready to go anywhere you want to take it.

Richmond drivers can come in for a test drive, but for those of you who want more information up front, here's our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

Features

The 2017 Cruze is available as a hatchback or sedan, but the base L model is sedan only. Upper trim levels include the LS, LT, and Premier. Standard features on the L model include Teen Driver technology that lets you set speed and volume limits, rear vision camera, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch touchscreen display, 4-speaker audio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, OnStar 4G LTE and built-in WiFi hot spot, climate control, and remote keyless entry.

The LT model adds LED daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors, Sirius XM Radio, cruise control, and a 6-speaker sound system. Premier models come with leather-appointed seating, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition, remote vehicle starter system, and heated front seats.

Interior

The Cruze's cabin is stylish and uncluttered, with a distraction-free center stack and the option between cloth or leather seating. The only difference between the hatchback and the sedan is that the former has extra cargo volume. With the rear seat folded down, the hatchback gives you 47.2 cubic feet of unobstructed space. The Cruze has available 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, interior ambient lighting, power tilting and sliding sunroof, and wireless charging for mobile devices.

Safety

Chevy's advanced safety features are designed to protect passengers in the event of an accident, and some features are even meant to prevent such incidents. Standard safety features include 10 airbags throughout the cabin, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control, theft-deterrent system, tire pressure monitoring system, and anti-lock brakes.

The Driver Confidence Package adds rear parking assist, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, and rear cross traffic alert. The Driver Confidence II Package includes IntelliBeam automatic high beams, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.

Engine

You have two engine options with the 2017 Cruze, with both delivering adequate power and excellent fuel economy. The base powertrain is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, making 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates that this model gets up to 42 MPG highway, depending on the model.

There's also a diesel option, which is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. This model has fuel efficiency on par with a hybrid at an EPA estimated 30 MPG city and 52 MPG highway (with manual transmission).

Pricing

Starting at $16,975 MSRP

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