2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Buyer's Guide

Few cars have changed as dramatically as Chevrolet’s compact Cruze. The second-generation model was introduced just last year, amid a market with plenty of excellent small cars including the also-new Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. The range is already set to expand with the addition of an all-new body style: a hatchback.

Directly targeting the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the Cruze Hatch offers the sedan’s striking and sporty front-end mated to a raked roof line and a distinctive rear end with wraparound lights. Chevy has done a fine job with the details, which include a standard hatch-topping rear spoiler, and when equipped with the optional RS package, 18-inch wheels, and a subtle aero kit.

Although style plays a big part of the Cruze’s appeal, it’s a practical and well-rounded model. There’s significantly more interior space than the outgoing model, particularly for rear-seat passengers, not to mention more rear legroom than the Ford Focus or Hyundai Elantra. Trunk space is a very reasonable 419 L, with the Hatch offering up 524 L which can be further expanded to 1,336 L with the rear seats folded.

With a cabin that shares many design cues with the Volt and the snazzy new Malibu, the Cruze impresses with a unique style that’s modern yet intuitive. The prominent 7.0- or 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system offers class-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a standard reverse camera even on the base level vehicle. Those willing to spend a little extra can have a Cruze decked out with French-stitched interior upholstery, leather, heated front and rear seats, and even a heated steering wheel.

Another area the Cruze impresses is in the area of gadgetry and active safety. Everything from 4G-LTE, to a connectivity app for your smartphone, wireless charging, to blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and collision warning can be fitted to the compact.

All Cruzes feature a 1.4-litre turbocharged and direct-injected four cylinder which produces 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, which drives through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, the latter of which can be had with an engine idle-stop system. Though 2017 fuel economy ratings have yet to be released, the 2016 was rated at 7.8 L/100 km city, 5.6 L/100 km highway – which undercuts all of its key non-hybrid rivals.

Those looking to go further on fewer litres of fuel might wish to consider the Cruze Diesel, which makes a return for 2017. The only turbodiesel compact car still available, it will be available in the fall of 2016. More details will come closer to its launch.

Competitively equipped and priced, the Cruze is available in four trims: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The Hatch targets buyers with higher aspirations and deeper pockets; it’s only available in LT and Premier trims.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Specifications

There are 11 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $16,295 MSRP
7.2
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
153 hp @5600 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM $16,295 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L L w/1SM
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA $19,145 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SA
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC $20,145 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB $20,595 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr Sdn 1.4L LS w/1SB
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC $20,895 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC Cloth Seats
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD $21,595 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD Cloth Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD $22,345 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD Cloth Seats
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr HB 1.4L LT w/1SD
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF $24,195 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG $24,395 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG N/A N/A 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG N/A
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SG
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF $24,945 5 Hatchback
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF 153 hp @5600 rpm 177 ft-lb @2000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF 175.3" 70.5" 57.7" 106.3"
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF Leather Seats
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH $25,845 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A N/A 9-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH 183.7" 70.5" 57.4" 106.3"
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH N/A
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH
4dr Sdn 1.6L LT w/1SH

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Chevrolet / Cruze

Average Rating

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Trim: LTZ
by Esmond on 10-15-2012
Game changer for Chevrolet - highly recommended
- clean/simple yet sporty styling (LTZ w/upgraded wheels)
- comfortable and supportive seats
- decent room interior room; rear seat a bit cramped
- spritely performance for a 1.4L turbo 4cyl whose mission is fuel economy
- structure feels solid; good ride and handling compromise; feels very nimble in the curves, well-controlled body roll, no suspension float - yet it still manages not to punish its passengers over rough roads
- ergonomic interior with solid (if not class-leading) materials/fit-and-finish

If I were in the market for compact car - the Chevrolet Cruze would be my top choice.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

by Stephanie777 on 10-15-2012
I love my Chevy Cruze!!
I bought my Cruze in May 2012 and I really love it. It's the Cruze Eco model in Summit White with black cloth interior. It's a 6 speed manual and shifts really smoothly between gears. It has awesome fuel economy (about 700-800 km per tank) and costs around $50 to fill.

I thought it was going to be a big change in terms of size and visibility from my previous car which was very small, but I like the size, it's very comfortable and I can fit a lot inside of it. It's really easy to drive as well.

I highly recommend this car to anyone.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

by donmak on 10-11-2012
Chevy worthy
Overall much better than previous models of small size sedans, I've driven all of the previous models: cavalier, cobalt.. Based on my personal experience with the car, I rented the cruze for a business trip and the gas was surprisingly expensive, I personally thought it was the way I was driving it; chevrolet fine tuned the engine and it had a very good acceleration response. The interior of the car is very basic but the exterior styling remains the more attractive aspect of the car overall.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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