2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan

Pros: Roomy front-row accommodations; quiet cabin; comfortable and refined ride; availability of economical diesel engine

Cons: Limited rear-seat space; disappointing real-world fuel economy

CG Says: Chevrolet Cruze gains a new hatchback bodystyle and diesel engine for 2017. Otherwise, Cruze is relatively unchanged after its redesign last year. A new Teen Driver feature monitors driving habits. LT and Premier trims gain a charge-only USB port in the rear of the center console. Cruze is larger with more rear passenger room than the previous generation—yet is up to 250 pounds lighter. Initially, the only engine was a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that develops 153 horsepower and has engine stop/start. Added midyear, was a 137-hp turbodiesel 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an EPA-estimated highway mileage of up to 52 mpg. The new Cruze earns praise for being especially refined and comfortable. Though not sporty in any way, Cruze rewards drivers and passengers with a smooth ride, quiet cabin, and plenty of interior room. Sadly, we got nowhere near the fuel economy Cruze’s EPA estimates (gasoline engine) suggest we should have. A shame, as this is otherwise a very compelling compact offering.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacturer USA
Base Prices L sedan: $16,975
LS sedan: $18,525
LT sedan: $21,150
LT hatchback: $21,240
Premier sedan: $23,475
Premier hatchback: $23,975
Diesel sedan: $23,795

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)