2017 Cruze New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze compact comes in two body styles, sedan and hatchback, all made in the U.S. This second-generation version was launched as a 2016 model. All-new for 2016, the Cruze sedan carries over to the 2017 model year unchanged.
New for 2017: Chevrolet Cruz Hatch.
Cruze was in the news when then-president-elect Donald Trump tweeted that General Motors was building them in Mexico and importing them over the border. In 2016, GM built 188,876 Cruze sedans, 8400 of which were built in Mexico, or about 4.4 percent. The 95.6 percent were built in Lordstown, Ohio. GM said that all Cruze models built in Mexico were intended for global sales, but then they brought some into the U.S. to meet unexpectedly strong demand. But the controversy flared in the first place because GM laid off 1200 workers at the Lordstown plant, saying the Cruze wasn't selling well enough. The paradox might lie in the reality of the car business running hot and cold, and the issue of lag time. The demand was then, the layoff is now.
For 2017, Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback was added and is being built in Lordstown, Ohio. GM says it won't import any more sedans from Mexico. So the bottom line is that the 2017 Cruze is made in America.
The front-wheel-drive Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 153 horsepower, with a 6-speed manual transmission in the base model and 6-speed automatic in most models.
The 2017 Cruze sedan with automatic gets an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon City, 40 mpg Highway, or 34 Combined; it's rated 31 mpg Combined with the manual. The 2017 Cruze hatchback is rated 29/38/32 mpg. That's nearly the same as the Honda Civic, and a bit better than the Toyota Corolla.
The NHTSA hasn't crash-tested the Cruze, and the IIHS has only done a couple of tests, with the top Good scores in side impact and moderate front overlap. All Cruzes come standard with 10 airbags and a rearview camera, as well as electronic stability control.
(For 2018, a diesel engine will be available.).
The 2017 Chevy Cruze comes in L, LS, LT, and Premier trim levels, and is available in sedan and hatch versions. All are front-wheel drive and powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine.
Cruze L sedan ($16,975) is the base model with manual transmission, cloth upholstery, and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic hubcaps, but it still comes with rearview camera, 10 airbags, 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 60/40 split folding rear seat. Cruze LS upgrades with air conditioning and offers the choice of an automatic transmission. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Cruze LT sedan ($20,150) and Cruze LT Hatch ($21,240) add a six-speaker sound system with available satellite radio, steering wheel controls, 16-inch wheels, foglamps, and a space-saver spare tire rather than a tire repair kit. Cruze Premier sedan ($23,475) and Hatch ($23,945) are loaded with leather, heated steering wheel and rear seats, upgraded rear suspension, and 17-inch wheels.
The RS package for LT ($695) and Premier ($995) models adds sporty front and rear fascia, spoiler, and 18-inch wheels. Other packages include infotainment and sound upgrades, safety equipment, such as blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, forward collision alert, and automatic headlights. Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are not available.