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November 02, 2016

Chevrolet Adds Another Door to its 2017 Cruze

2__2017-chevrolet-cruzehatch-001-AskPatty_Car_reviewsSince its launch in the United States in September 2010, the Cruze has been Chevrolet's most popular small car in America; it was already Chevrolet's best selling car with 3.5 million units sold worldwide since its launch in 2008.

The affordable Cruze sedan is the little brother to the Malibu, and is powered by a fuel efficient but sporty powertrain, making it a high-volume seller in a very competitive segment.

1__2017-chevrolet-cruzehatch-013-AskPatty_Car_reviewsAs new car shoppers move away from the perennially popular sedan body style into more practical CUVs and SUVs, Chevrolet strives to keep the Cruze competitive by enlarging the small sedan into a hatchback. Boasting seating for five and 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and as much as 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for new-car shoppers.

The hatchback model also boasts an upgraded six-speaker audio system with Sirius XM satellite radio and steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, daytime running laps and foglamps up front, and special wraparound taillamps and rear spoiler in the back, plus unique front and rear fascias and rocker panels, and special wheel and tire packages.

3__2017-chevrolet-cruzehatch-003-AskPatty_Car_reviewsUnder the hood, the Cruze hatchback is powered by a standard 153-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 117 lb.-ft. of torque mated to your choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission promising 0-to-60-mph acceleration in 7.7 seconds. Excellent fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with automatic transmission (manual transmission models drop those numbers by one mpg) is thanks to direct injection and Stop/Start technologies; it's also more than 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation model. A diesel engine with an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual will be offered in spring 2017.

Inside, the midsize hatchback offers comfortable passenger space, and boasts two inches more rear legroom than its Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra competition. Standard equipment includes Chevrolet MyLink with a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen, a rear-vision camera, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, and Chevrolet's exclusive Teen Driver safety system, which allows parents to set controls, review driving habits and encourage safe driving habits even when they are not in the vehicle. Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces with true French seams, and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting.

4__2017-chevrolet-cruzehatch-006-AskPatty_Car_reviewsCruze offers a host of available advanced safety technologies to help prevent, protect, and respond in the event of a collision. These include front collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, lane keeping assistance, and side blind zone alerts. On top of these safety technologies, the Chevrolet Complete Care owner benefit program ensures owner satisfaction for all 2017 Chevrolet vehicles with two maintenance visits, including two oil changes and filters, tire rotations, and 27-point inspection; five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance with courtesy transportation; and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan.

The 2017 Cruze Hatch is on sale now in LT ($22,115 with manual transmission, $22,795 with automatic) and Premier ($24,350 with automatic transmission) trims. Delivery charges add another an $875. An RS Appearance package -- which adds foglights, a rear spoiler, a sport body kit, and 18-inch wheels to Premier models -- will be available at a later date.


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