2017 Chevrolet Cruze

If you can’t stand Chevrolet these days from those dumb commercials, you’re in good company.

Every time I hear about the GM owned Chevrolet, I can’t help but cringe as I think of those commercials with the “Real People.  Not Actors.” lie that gets plastered on every screen in America and even Latin America.

Now that I got that out of my system (I can’t believe they think we’re that dumb), I can give proper respect to Chevrolet, which is a company that despite all the hate it’s gotten, is a legendary name that has plenty of history behind it.

From the Corvette to the impala, Chevrolet seems to have anything for everyone.  Need lots of space?  Traverse.  Need speed? Corvette or Camaro.  Want a bit of both?  SS, LTZ and RS trim levels are for you; on nearly every model.

Chevrolet has focused a lot of its (poorly spent) advertising dollars on the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze.  The new Cruze now comes in the first ever hatchback version and sedan configuration.

The car itself does actually look great, but does every other aspect match?

The Cruze itself has been around for a number of years, coming from the sad years of the Cobalt, and the even worse years of the Cavalier.  I’m surprised Chevrolet still has money left after those two, honestly.

The Specs-2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

 

Vehicle Type: Compact Sedan / Hatchback
Power Plant: 1.4 4-cyl T
Gearbox: 6 speed auto/6 speed manual
Power: 177 HP
MPG: Up to 47 Highway/31 City (Eco)
Torque: 177 Lb-ft – 240 lb-ft.
Length: 175 – 184 Inches
Width: 71 Inches
Height: 57 – 58 Inches
Wheelbase: 106.3 Inches
Top Speed: 127 MPH
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.6 Seconds
Base Price: $17,000 (est).

 

The Exterior-2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet has been redesigning its entire fleet in the last few years.  It’s turning out to be a really good decision, and the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the more recent renditions. More specifically, the Cruze is getting it’s first hatchback variant, which really spices things up for the small car. Small cars always look better in hatchback form rather than sedan form for some reason.

There has been a real effort to move the Cruze’s styling upmarket and make it look more professional.  We see this with the Equinox as well, which used to be a less mature looking thing rather than what Chevrolet made it now.  The LED signatures really do make a world’s difference.

As for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, the front end now is more pointed and angled down.  It has a pretty busy front end with three levels of grilled and air ducts to compliment.

The size of the bowtie symbol makes the headlights appear massive, and they are.  The eyes on the new Cruze are pretty darn big, complimented with LED signatures like Chevy is doing with the rest of the range.

From the side, the sedan lets show its rather small size, while the hatchback continues the roof line to a much more complete looking design.  The wing on the back also makes the design look very flowy and pleasing to look at.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sits pretty low and has a (consequently) low center of gravity, and the slightly wide hips make the whole car look great.

The hatchback is definitely the way to go.  Small sedans always look to scrunched to make sense for itself, but small hatchbacks look very comfortable in their own skin.

The Interior-2017 Chevy Cruze:

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Designing the interior of a small car for the average commuter is a very tough spectacle.  Usually the designer’s are hit with limitation after limitation to cut costs everywhere possible.   The result, is the stuff we’ve seen in the Cavalier and the Cobalt before the Cruze.  Hard plastics and just cheap stuff everywhere.

However, nowadays we see much better quality stuff going into compact car interiors.  A prime example of what can be done is on the Ford Fiesta for 2018, which makes use of cheaper materials but in a pleasing way.

As for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, the evolution is very good.  Everything is slender and modern, while staying simple to read and use the controls.

Cheaper models get a different infotainment screen as usual, but it still looks decent; Which is surprising.  Chevrolet didn’t really stretch itself or go for gold here, but it shouldn’t. Small cars shouldn’t have interiors that try to be something they’re not, and I’m happy it seems Chevy understands this.  They just don’t understand how to advertise, even though I have to admit it is effective…

The Performance-2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

With a 1.4 L turbo charged four cylinder engine, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze LT and Premier produce upwards of 170 HP, which is plenty.  Especially when you get almost 50 miles per gallon on the highway out of the thing.

Even with the modest power, the 0-60 time is slightly impressive for a compact car at 7.6 seconds.  Even though the top speed is around 127 miles per hour.  The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is exactly what it is, and does a good job at it.

There are also rumors of a 1.6 L diesel coming later in this production year.

With the hothatch segment heating up, where is our Cruze SS we’ve been waiting for? All we need is a 2.0 L four cylinder with a turbo and some cool styling.  We’re thirsty.

Sum It Up:

The only real issue I have with the Cruze is that we don’t have an SS yet.  Between the Civic Si, Civic R, Focus ST and Focus RS, Chevy needs to wake up and make something awesome to bring more excitement to the brand, rather than the gimmicky RS badge on a car with less that 200 HP.

The only issue I have with Chevrolet is the marketing team.  Just stop it, please.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is in dealerships now, and the pricing begins around $17,000.

 

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