2017 Chevrolet Cruze Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on August 31, 2016 1:27 PM

A Quiet and Comfortable Compact Sedan

The Cruze is the best compact sedan Chevrolet has ever offered, and a solid contender in a highly competitive class. The second-generation Chevrolet Cruze is larger, lighter and more fuel-efficient, and will soon be available as a hatchback. The restyled model has attractive new looks, well appointed interiors and advanced connectivity options.

Driving It

From our 2017 Chevy Cruze full review: "The last-generation Chevy Cruze built a reputation for a quiet, comfortable and composed ride, and the new car upholds that tradition. However, it also adds quite a bit more. The 1.4-liter 4-cylinder is a gem, quiet and smooth, and while it won't wow you with its acceleration, it's hardly slow."

Staying Connected

The Cruze is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers 4G LTE connectivity and wireless phone charging. Higher trim levels come with two years of in-car Wi-Fi service, satellite radio, OnStar and routine maintenance. A 7-inch touchscreen comes standard, and an 8-inch screen is available.

Comparison Test

The Chevy Cruze was one of four compact sedans in which we traversed 400 miles of highways, mountain roads and city streets throughout San Diego County as part of our latest Compact Car Comparison.

Cruze Limited

The previous-generation Cruze is still on dealer lots, sold as the 2016 Cruze Limited. While there may be some tempting deals on this discontinued model, it lacks the significant improvements of the new Cruze and is likely to return lower resale values.

What's Next

The Cruze will soon be available with a diesel engine. In addition, the sedan will be joined by a 5-door hatchback sibling later in the year. Pricing for the hatch starts at just over $23,000 for the LT trim level.

Build and Price

The 2017 Chevy Cruze L starts at nearly $18,000 with delivery charges and is about $29,000 for a fully loaded Premier model. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay less. Build and price your own 2017 Chevy Cruze to unlock this week's Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Other Compact Cars

If you're looking for quiet, comfortable and relaxed, the Chevy Cruze will be tough to beat. But check out our Compact Car Buyer's Guide before making any long-term decisions.