Chevrolet Cruze Road Test

First Drive
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
Redesign of the popular compact sedan
The Cruze gets a big reboot with the 2017 redesign of the popular compact sedan, and it's a big step forward.

An updated 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbo with a fuel-saving start-stop feature will be standard. It's rated at 153 hp--up 15 hp from the old engine. A 1.6-liter turbodiesel arrives in 2017. Both six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.

A variety of advanced active safety features will be offered, including forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keeping assistance. Unfortunately, those systems are only available on high-trim models.

One of the most welcome updates comes in the rear seat, which now has plenty of leg and foot room, even for six footers. There is even more legroom than the midsize Malibu, which itself is growing larger with a 2016 redesign.

Chevrolet didn't skimp up front, either. The cabin is a notable step up in terms of materials used and the control layout. The new infotainment system will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, putting Apple or Google maps at your fingertips or letting you use natural voice commands via Siri or Google Now while driving.

CR's Take
Many signs--like the sleek styling, upscale interior, roomy rear seat, lighter weight, and new powertrains--point to success for the Cruze. But we'd be even more impressed if the advanced safety features were available on all trim levels, not just the high-cost ones.


All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

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