2017 Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze was redesigned in 2016, and in 2017 the lineup is getting a little bit larger. New for the 2017 model year is the addition of the Cruze hatchback, and in spring 2017, a Cruze diesel will join the pack. The Cruze is already Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, and with all of the new options, it looks like 2017 is going to be a good year for the Chevy Cruze
Sedan or Hatchback
Avail. Body Syles
Avail. Turbocharged Engine
Until the diesel engine Cruze is released in spring 2017, under the hood of all Cruze models is the reliable 1.4-liter DOHC I4 turbocharged engine. This engine is able to churn out 153-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. That may not sound like much, but this compact car isn’t about racing, it’s about choices.
“DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft” and it’s a great design in engines that pertains to the valve system of an engine for better performance. This design can also lend to a greater increase in a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Depending on the transmission and body type, the Cruze can get up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Driving and Handling
As mentioned, the Cruze has choices, and not just for the body type. Aside from the Cruze sedan’s L trim and the Premier trim on the sedan and the hatchback, all other trims can be equipped with a manual or automatic transmission. It’s a 6-speed transmission regardless, but contrary popular belief, the automatic transmission actually gives the Cruze those extra couple of miles in fuel economy.
All 2017 Cruze models come with front wheel drive (FWD), so the torque is focused at the front of the car. However, that doesn’t mean if one of the tires loses traction, things are about to get messy. It comes with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control to maintain vehicle control in sudden maneuvers that may cause low-traction. This system can reroute torque to one of the tires if the other loses its grip, and if both tires are slipping, then it applies a little pressure to the brakes to get things back on track.
Compact Sedan or Hatchback?
By now you may have caught on the Cruze isn’t available in just one style. No, we have a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan and a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. There are six trims for the sedan and three for the hatchback, all with great features sprinkled throughout. There are also many packages available on many of the trims in both body classes, such as chrome appearance aesthetics, front and rear splash guards, a fog lamp kit, rear spoilers, wheel locks, and more.
All trims come with solar absorbing windshields to keep the cockpit from overheating while parked. Fog lamps are available in upper level trims for the sedan, and all trims of the hatchback. Daytime running lamps come standard on all later sedan trims and all hatchback trims. The wheels range from 15-inch steel to 18-inch machined-face aluminum, all with all-season blackwall tires.
Packages and Features
A couple of packages are available on later trims and the hatchback, such as sun and sound for premier audio and a sunroof, convenience for keyless entry and heated seating, and enhanced convenience for a little extra. Cloth trimming is the standard for the seating in all trims except for the premier; leather is reserved for that. The steering wheel is also heated on the premier trims. All trims have front bucket seats with 2-way manual adjustment in all but the premier trims, with 4-way manual adjustment.
Surprising, the hatchback is actually a little shorter lengthwise than the sedan, but the dimensions are similar throughout. There is plenty of legroom and headroom to comfortably seat five passengers. There is also up to 47.2 cubic-feet of cargo volume available with the seats down.
Technology + Warranty
The standard audio is a 4-speaker system in the L and LS trims, replaced by the 6-speaker system in the LT trim level and up. An option to upgrade to a Bose premium 9-speaker system is available on the LT, Premier, and Hatchback trims. All later sedan trims and hatchback trims come with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Single-zone air conditioning is standard in all trims, but automatic is an option in the premier.
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze has a total of ten airbags, OnStar Basic for 5 years, a rear vision camera in all trims, along with Teen Driver mode to deactivate certain features, and convenient features such as Keyless Open and Start are available on later trims. Advanced systems such as Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning are available options on later trims and the Hatchback premier.
The warranty on all 2017 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles is as follows: 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance coverage, a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile rust-through warranty, 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty (100,000 miles for qualified purchases), and roadside assistance and courtesy transportation for 5 years/60,000 miles (100,000 miles for qualified purchases).