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The redesigned Cruze possesses big-car qualities such as a comfortable ride and a quiet interior. The standard engine is an unobtrusive 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A smooth start-stop feature reduces fuel use during idling; we got 30 mpg overall in our tests. A new infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirrors some of your smartphone icons on the screen. The rear seat is relatively roomy for the class, but the front seats are short on lower-back support. A variety of advanced active safety features are available, but only on the top-trim Premier version. First-year reliability of the redesign has been well above average. A hatchback version and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel are new for 2017.

Road Test

Big car virtues in a small package. The Cruze takes the best attributes of Chevrolet's accomplished Malibu and Impala, as well as the brand's familiar styling, and tucks them into a more maneuverable and fuel-efficient package. Boasting a comfortable...

Highs

  • Rides comfortably
  • Relatively quiet inside

Lows

  • Handling is mundane
  • Front seats short on support

Best Version to Get

At the least, we suggest the LT with the Convenience package in order to get the power driver's seat. We'd also be tempted to get the $495 Driver Confidence package, which includes blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert. Finally, the optional MyLink eight-inch touch screen infotainme...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 9-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (153 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbodiesel (137 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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