2017 Chevrolet Cruze Review


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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

After a major redesign for 2016, Chevrolet’s family-oriented Cruze, currently an affordable and well-equipped 5-passenger compact sedan, is slated to gain a hatchback version for the 2017 model year. The 2016 model showed off a new look, dropped some serious weight, and debuted a number of features for its MyLink entertainment system. With the new hatchback set to grace the Cruze family in the fall of 2016, look for an even stronger showing by Chevy in the compact sedan/hatchback segment.

The 2017 Cruze Sedan will return in 4 trims: the L, LS, LT, and Premier. The Cruze Limited, offered for the 2016 model year with the features and specs of the previous-generation Cruze, will likely be phased out for 2017. The all-new Cruze Hatchback is slated to be available in the LT and Premier editions and will sport a few distinct styling cues like a swoopier roofline, a redesigned rear fascia, unique badges and graphics, and a liftgate-mounted rear spoiler.

The Cruze has been a bestseller in its niche over the past several years, and there’s no reason to believe that 2017 will be any different, especially with the new hatchback design. Cargo space, currently 15 cubic feet in the trunk, will become a solid 42 cubic feet in the hatchback (with the rear seats folded).

All 2017 Cruze trims are powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that mates with either a 6-speed manual transmission, which is standard in all trims except the Premier, or a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, which will be available on the LS and LT. Look for 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque from the I4, with mileage of 29 mpg city/41 highway/33 combined with the manual and 30/42/35 with the automatic. The Cruze only comes equipped with front-wheel drive (FWD).

No noteworthy upgrades have been forecast for the 2017 Cruze lineup’s list of standard features, so you can expect carryovers like 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a rear-view camera, and manual air conditioning to return aboard the entry-level L. The L is also slated to include OnStar telematics, Bluetooth-interfaced MyLink infotainment with smartphone apps and a 7-inch display, and a CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers. Look for the 2017 Cruze LS to add a front center armrest and carpeted floor mats.

The Cruze LT (both hatchback and sedan) is anticipated to sport such standard features as 16-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, cruise control, a pair of additional audio speakers, and satellite radio. The top-shelf Premier sedan and hatchback are expected to boast standard 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats with a power-adjustable driver's seat, remote engine start, an upgraded rear suspension, and a heated steering wheel.

The 2017 Cruze L and LS are eligible for options that come standard in the higher trims. The LT and Premier sedan and hatchback can be up-fitted with the RS Appearance package, hosting 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog/driving lights, and a rear spoiler, and the Sun & Sound package, with a power sunroof, 9-speaker Bose audio, and an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen display (plus GPS navigation on the Premier). The Premier also offers the Enhanced Convenience package, with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated rear seats, a wireless personal charger, and a 110-volt power outlet. Available 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot capability can be added to the standard OnStar telematics on all 2017 Cruze trims.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2017 Cruze includes 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear side-mounted airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system, and OnStar emergency communications and alerts. The Premier is slated to be eligible for a pair of optional Driver Confidence packages that include rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high/low-beam headlights, a lane-departure warning, and a forward collision alert. The government gives the current Cruze sedan its best rating of 5 stars for overall crashworthiness, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Cruze a top score of Good on all crash tests.

Chevy’s 2017 Cruze sedan and hatchback are expected to again challenge the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda Mazda, and Ford Focus hatchback.


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