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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze features a handsome cabin design with lots of standard features, including a 7-inch touch screen and infotainment interface that receive lots of praise from reviewers. The interior contains a mix of hard plastics, soft-touch materials, and even luxury-like extras such as ambient lighting and leather in upgraded models. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and the 2017 Cruze has enough interior room to carry five people with ease.

  • "Unlike compact Chevrolets of the past, the Cruze's interior is stylish and composed of high-quality materials. The curving character line that runs diagonally through the dashboard is an unusually artistic touch for this segment, as is the cloth or leatherette upholstery that covers it. These details, along with a large backseat, make the Cruze's interior fully competitive in terms of both appearance and construction." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to its soft and quiet ride, the Cruze's cabin should be commended for its comfort and connectivity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "GM has come a long way from the dreadful, black-plastic mess of the J-body's interior. Plastic is still the dominant material in the new Cruze, but the soft-touch sections here are great. But what's most surprising is Chevy's work on the materials that aren't in your sight lines. The harder plastics on the doors, lower dash, and transmission tunnel feel solid and are free of sharp edges. It's a huge part of why this cabin feels so upscale." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Cruze seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and six-way manual adjustments for the front seats. Available upgrades include power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, and heated front and rear seats.

Test drivers say the seat cushioning is comfortable and supportive, with just the right amount of side bolstering. The Cruze feels spacious enough to accommodate five full-size adults, though taller travelers may need to duck when they climb into the back seat, due to the low roofline. This sloping roof and the side pillars also reduce visibility somewhat.

The back seats have three sets of tether anchors to secure child safety seats. Hardware for these are easily identifiable, though it may take a little digging to find the hardware for the lower anchors, which are located on both outboard seats. Once you locate them, clipping in a car seat and maneuvering around the anchors takes very little effort.

  • Cloth and leather seats are both comfortable, but there's no adjustable lumbar support. Rear-seat room is also tight compared to the Civic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As far as compact sedans go, the Cruze is spacious--fully capable of carrying five adults comfortably, at least for a short while. Rear headroom will be a problem for the taller set, but that comes with the compact territory." -- Autoweek (2016)
  • Cruze's front seats proved comfortable with ample support. There's even a decent amount of side bolstering [to] keep you in place during more spirited driving stints. Head and legroom is plentiful for those six-feet and even a little above. The Cruze's rear bench, however, isn't quite as accommodating. The sedan's low-slung roofline can make it difficult to get into the back seat without bonking your head. Once in that roofline blocks your line of sight and eats up some headroom. The Cruze at least offers adequate legroom in the back." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Chevrolet MyLink – the standard infotainment interface in every 2017 Cruze – is exceptionally easy to use. The 7-inch touch screen is responsive and has a crisp display, and the system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration. Bluetooth, a USB port, four speakers, and a rearview camera are also standard.

Available features include a six-speaker stereo or a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging for enabled devices, cruise control, automatic climate control, a sunroof, push-button start, and ambient lighting.

Redundant knobs and controls are well within the driver's reach, and the layout of the current Cruze generation marks an attractive improvement over 2015 and older Cruze models. The surplus of standard and available technology also adds a lot of value to the 2017 Cruze.

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  • "Standard across the board is the attractive MyLink infotainment system, which employs either the standard 7-inch touchscreen or the optional 8-inch version (LT and Premier only). That means even the least expensive Cruze is outfitted with a high-tech interface that boasts clear graphics and a pretty intuitive menu structure. The standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ensures that every Cruze buyer can enjoy a fully integrated smartphone experience." -- Edmunds
  • "Controls are all placed sensibly, and the center-mounted touch-screen display and good ol' knobs and buttons for audio and climate functions are all easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And the environment works even better than it looks, with the touchscreen running Chevrolet's easy-to-use MyLink infotainment menu and the hard-button controls operating with a well-damped smoothness." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Cargo

For the 2017 Cruze sedans, the 14.8-cubic-foot trunk in the L and LS models is larger than most compact sedans. The Cruze's position among competitors drops slightly for the LT and Premier models, which have a 13.9-cubic-foot trunk (which is still above average). The rear seats have a 60/40 split and fold down to accommodate larger cargo. These seats don't truly fold flat, however, and the resulting angle cuts down on the convenience of the cargo space. You also have to keep an eye on the rear hinges – which intrude into your cargo area when the trunk lid is closed – when you are loading the back of the Cruze.

The 2017 Cruze Hatchback offers 24.7 cubic feet of space behind the seats and 47.2 cubic feet of total cargo room with the back seats folded. This gives you plenty of room to haul all your gear. In comparison, the Kia Soul has a 24.2-cubic-foot cargo hold, and the Volkswagen Golf measures 22.8 cubic feet behind the seats.

  • "Chevy says that the Cruze sedan's trunk can hold 14.8 cubic feet of cargo (13.9 in Cruze LT and Premier trims), which is a bit roomier than average for this class. Cargo space is greatly expanded on the hatchback." -- Edmunds
  • The trunk has a good-size opening and is wide at the rear. However, the sickle-shaped trunklid hinges dip into the cargo area, and they're not covered, so you have to be careful when placing large items back there. The rear seat backs fold, but they rest about 4 inches above the level of the trunk floor, so you can't just slide long items all the way forward; you have to lift them halfway in to clear the hump." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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