• 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Test Drive: Hatchback model joins popular Cruze lineup [Review]

    2017 chevrolet cruze hatchback
    Chevrolet’s best selling car globally is the Cruze, with over four million sold since its debut in 2008. Now joining the ranks is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, which brings to market a versatile, functional and sporty hatchback that delivers up to 47.2cubic feet of cargo space.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch LSD
    The 5-passenger hatchback is available in two trim levels: the base LT and upscale Premier, while sedans will come in L, LS, LT and Premier trims. An optionally available RS package that includes a rear spoiler, front fog lamps, a sport body kit and 18-inch machined face aluminum alloy wheels is only for LT and Premier models.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch Eng
    The standard power source is a front transversely mounted 1.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve VVT inline four-cylinder engine with Direct Injection and electronic throttle control. The horsepower rating is 153 at 5,600 rpm, while the torque produced is 177 pound feet in a range from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. Look for a more efficient diesel with a 9-speed automatic transmission to appear first in the sedan Cruze, following with the Hatch in 2018.

    There are two transmission choices to gear energy to the front wheels: an
    M32 six-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 6T35 six-speed automatic.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch RSD
    Visually, the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback displays a more aerodynamic form than before with an above-average fuel economy for its class and more appealing styling cues. The Cruze sedan and Cruze Hatch are very similar from the rear doors forward, while the overall versatility of the Hatch may be impacted somewhat by the exceptionally curvy roofline.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch Int
    The cabin space is not only roomy, but serves up a modern yet functional and stylish environment with premium features, including heated cloth front seats, heated rear outboard leather-trimmed seats along with a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel.
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    Connectivity and infotainment is provided through Chevrolet MyLink, with available Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility. Chevrolet 24/7 Promise offers connectivity and service benefits, including 24-month/24 GB data plan with access to 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Additional charge-only USB port added to rear of the center console on all LT and some Premier trims
    Chevy Cruze Hatch RInt
    Safety features include: Ten standard air bags, including driver and front passenger knee air bags; a standard rear-vision camera; a Driver Confidence Package is available on LT (with automatic transmission) and Premier. Content provides rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; a Driver Confidence II Package is available on Premier models adding IntelliBeam Automatic High-Beam Control, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator; and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch Tail
    My test 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback came in Premiere trim and with a Silver Ice Metallic exterior finish and Black interior. The base sticker read $23,945., while the Enhanced Convenience Package, Driver Confidence Package II and Destination Charge bumped the final tally up to $28,475.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch Htch
    SUMMARY: The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback in Premier trim is perfect as a daily driver and for adventuresome road trips, but perhaps not ideally suited to canyon carving.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch RSR
    A turbo diesel upon arrival, will undeniably deliver a healthier dose of torque, but the 1.4-liter four-banger does yeoman’s duty, with adequate acceleration and satisfying shift points. I’m not a big fan of the auto stop/start function, which can’t be turned off, but it works well.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch LSR
    The ride quality is comfortable and delivers a satisfying stability, and the handling characteristics are sporty and engaging.
    Chevy Cruze Hatch Whl
    Bottom line, the new Chevy Cruze Hatchback should prove to be a welcome and successful addition to the Cruze family with its added versatility and functionality, along with its high level of content and affordability. Besides all that, it is a really good-looking compact Hatch.

    SPECIFICATIONS: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Premier 1 SF

    Base Price: $23,945.
    Price as Tested: $26,475.

    Engine Type and Size: 1.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve VVT inline four-cylinder with Direct Injection and electronic throttle control

    Horsepower (bhp): 153 @ 5,600 rpm
    Torque (ft./ lbs.): 177 @ 2,000-4,000 rpm

    Transmission: M32 six-speed manual or Hydra-Matic 6T35 six-
    speed automatic.

    Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine / Front-wheel drive.

    Suspension: Front – MacPherson strut with side-loaded strut modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar; and hydraulic ride bushings.
    Rear – Compound crank with double-walled, U-shaped profile (LT); Z-link (Premier)

    Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel-disc variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors with ABS and StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control.

    Tires: Firestone Firehawk GT 225/45 R17 91H M & S mounted on 5-“Y”-spokesilver painted alloy wheels.

    Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
    Length Overall: 175.3 inches
    Width: 70.5 inches
    Height: 57.7 inches
    Curb Weight: 2,978 lbs.
    Turning Circle: Not given
    Fuel Capacity: 13.7 gallons
    EPA Mileage Estimates: 29 mpg city / 38- mpg highway
    Drag Coefficient: Not listed
    0 – 60 mph: 7.7 seconds

    • Styling – 4.5 Stars
    • Performance – 4.5 Stars
    • Ride and Handling – 4.5 Stars
    • Utility – 4.5 Stars
    • Comfort and Convenience – 4.5 Stars
    • Economy – 4.5 Stars
    • Value and Competition – 5 -Stars

    Summary – 4.57 Stars

    The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is a stylish and sporty hatchback that fits well into Chevrolet’s Cruze family offering economy with a fun-to-drive feel and added versatility.

    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring journalist and member and past officer of several noted automotive journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.

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    6 thoughts on “2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Test Drive: Hatchback model joins popular Cruze lineup [Review]

    1. Cruze hatchback aka Saturn Astra same dang car save your money and get the Astra literally same car. It’s rebadged kinda like the Saturn vue and the Chevy captiva same vehicles , Chevy stop it already

      1. The Saturn Astra was based on the mid-2000’s European model. Rebadged European/Australian offerings have often been excellent, the current Cruze included.

    2. Please consider investing in a stand-alone camera. The iPhone 6p, while a decent camera by cell phone standards, is still pretty poor for web publishing. this is particularly visible in the darker areas of each image, where noise is very apparent throughout the article. Any current micro-4/3 or APS-C sensor would be miles better, and are not terribly expensive.

    3. I never stated their was anything wrong with Astra it’s just odd you can pick one up for 8 grand loaded used on Craigslist but Chevy wants 27 grand loaded for the rebadged barley changed Chevy Cruze hatchback while nice to expensive

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