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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sits in the top half of the highly competitive compact car class. It boasts a long list of standard tech features, a comfortable interior, and a smooth ride. However, the Cruze’s lackluster acceleration keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Excellent standard infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very fuel-efficient
  • Lackluster acceleration

New for 2017

  • Teen Driver safety system now standard
  • Diesel engine available for sedan
  • Hatchback body style available

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best New Cars for Teens award. Currently the Chevrolet Cruze has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Chevy Cruze – available as a hatchback or a sedan – is an excellent used compact car. It offers best-in-segment fuel economy of 50 mpg highway with the available turbodiesel engine, and it has an outstanding infotainment system similar to those found in pricier cars. We named the Cruze one of our 2017 Best New Cars for Teens.

However, the Cruze has its flaws, including a base engine that strains under heavy acceleration. The Cruze also has relatively high estimates for ownership cost, meaning you’ll probably shell out more money to keep the Cruze on the road than you would with its competitors.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 32 professional evaluations for this 2017 Chevrolet Cruze review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

We have nearly 4,400 listings for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze on our site, and they range from $13,000 to $18,400. The average list price is $15,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Cost to Own?

Projected five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Cruze are $23,152. That’s well above average for the compact cars segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cruze?

The 2018 Cruze starts at $16,975. For 2018, the Cruze hatchback became available with the turbodiesel engine, which was exclusive to the sedan model for 2017. Unless you want the turbodiesel hatchback, go for the 2017 Cruze, which gives you the same vehicle at a lower average price.

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For the average price of a used 2017 Cruze, you can buy a new car. However, you’ll need to step down to the subcompact car class. The base 2018 Chevrolet Sonic ($15,295) comes standard with a manual transmission, but it offers an automatic as an option. It has the same infotainment features as the 2017 Cruze, but it adds an auxiliary power outlet and steering wheel controls. Front legroom is similar in the two models, but rear seat passengers will have slightly less space in the Sonic.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Cruze Is Best?

Chevrolet redesigned the Cruze for 2016, giving it a lighter frame for improved handling, and a much more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Choosing the 2016 model will save you the most money. That said, you’ll want to upgrade to a 2017 model if you want a Cruze sedan with a diesel engine or a Cruze hatchback (both variants were added in 2017). Further, you’ll need to spring for a 2018 model if you want the hatchback with the diesel engine.

We don’t recommend buying 2015 or earlier models. These models lack many features that became standard for 2016, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and some safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Recalls

As of this writing, early production models of the 2017 Cruze are subject to two recalls. The first recall deals with a possible fuel leak. The second addresses an incorrectly welded seat back frame. You will need to check the vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if your specific model is affected. Make sure any open recalls are adressed before purchasing a used car.

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Which Used Chevrolet Cruze Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Chevy Cruze is available in two different body styles: a sedan (which has five trims – L, LS, LT, Premier, and Diesel) and a hatchback (available in the LT and Premier trims). The Cruze is unusual in that the base L trim should satisfy most buyers. It includes a 7-inch touch screen, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The LS trim adds slight interior upgrades, and it offers an available six-speed automatic transmission. The LT offers satellite radio, cruise control, a split-folding rear seat, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. In the Premier trim, you’ll find heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and an automatic transmission. The sedan’s Diesel trim is largely comparable with the Premier trim, except it has a turbocharged diesel engine.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Cruze?

The 2017 Cruze sedan and hatchback models receive five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration front crash tests. They earn four stars for the side and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cruze sedan the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and side crash tests.

Standard safety features in the Cruze include OnStar telematics and a rearview camera. Teen Driver is also standard, which allows you to set limits to the stereo’s volume and the car’s maximum speed. The system also provides a report, notifying you of when the car surpasses set speeds or activates safety alerts.

The Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Premier models might also have the Driver Confidence II package. These models also come with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a following distance indicator.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze or 2017 Honda Civic?

The Cruze and the Honda Civic are both excellent vehicles. You’ll get a longer list of standard features in the Chevy, making it a better option for those shopping for a base model. However, the Civic’s higher trim levels have a nicer selection of features, better handing, and higher safety ratings. It also has a more fuel-efficient gas engine, though it can’t compete with the Cruze’s miserly turbodiesel engine.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze or 2017 Ford Focus?

The Ford Focus may have sharper handling than the Cruze, but the Chevy is a better vehicle overall. It has a much longer standard features list, including a 7-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot and Teen Driver. The Cruze also has a much higher predicted reliability rating and more cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze or 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The base Toyota Corolla has one major advantage over the 2017 Cruze: standard safety equipment. Every 2017 Corolla features forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams. These are only available on the top Cruze trim. Otherwise, both the Corolla and Cruze are comfortable daily drivers with an impressive selection of standard technology.

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2017 Cruze Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Drive?

The Cruze is a comfortable daily driver with refined handling and a suspension that smooths out bumpy roads. It’s one of the more relaxing compact cars to drive. The Cruze’s base engine is a 153-horsepower, turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder that is lively enough for most daily driving needs. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. An available 137-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel engine comes with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel’s extra torque gives it sprightlier acceleration and more oomph for highway passing.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Get Good Gas Mileage?

The available turbodiesel engine gives the 2017 Cruze its best fuel economy: 30 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, and 31/47 mpg city/highway with the six-speed automatic. Fuel economy with the gas engine is 28-30 mpg in the city and 37-40 mpg on the highway, depending on body style and transmission.

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2017 Cruze Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Cruze Seat?

The 2017 Cruze seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather seats as well as heated front and rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2017 Cruze has a set of LATCH car-seat connectors on both of its outboard rear seats. There is also a tether anchor in the middle seat. The Cruze sedan’s LATCH system receives the second-lowest rating of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because the anchors require too much force to attach, and they are buried too deep in the seats.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Features

Smartphone users will like the Cruze’s intuitive 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rearview camera. Satellite radio, a larger 8-inch touch screen, a Bose sound system, and satellite navigation are available.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Dimensions

Chevrolet Cruze Cargo Space

The 2017 Cruze sedan has between 13.9 and 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, depending on trim level. The Cruze hatchback has 24.7 cubic feet when the second row is up and 47.2 cubic feet when the seats are folded.

2017 Cruze Length and Weight

The 2017 Cruze sedan is 15.3 feet long, and the hatchback measures 14.6 cubic feet. The sedan’s curb weight ranges from 2,835 pounds to 3,091 pounds. The hatchback’s curb weight ranges from 2,892 pounds to 3,229 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Built?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan was built in Ohio, while the Cruze hatchback was manufactured in Mexico.


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