The Chevrolet Cruze has been in the spotlight since its humble beginnings in 2011, and it further impressed car buyers with its redesign in 2016. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Cruze has continued to prove that compact sedans and hatchbacks aren’t to be underestimated.
The 2017 Cruze places emphasis on technology and connectivity. Each Cruze comes with a wi-fi hotspot, MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a touchscreen radio, and a backup camera. Advanced safety features are available on some trim levels. For sedan lovers who desire power and fabulous fuel economy, a turbocharged diesel engine is an option for two of the models.
The Cruze has more up its sleeve than just gadgets. Its interior is stylish and made of high-quality materials. Rear passengers will be relieved with the large backseat. While it might not seem that important, this feature is missing on many popular sedans and compact vehicles, and it’s usually overlooked until one of your passengers points it out.
The Cruze has several disappointing characteristics, however. Acceleration and real-world fuel economy – from the standard 1.4-liter engine – is uninspiring. The engine stop-start feature, while useful to increase mpg, can’t be disabled. The lack of cruise control on the L or LS trims is also a pretty big drawback.
There are several trims available for the sedan: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The Cruze Hatchback is only available in LT and Premier.