Overview (Final Score: B)

Chevrolet’s recent attempt at a compact was the Cruze and it showed some promise. It might not have been the most exciting vehicle to look at or drive, but it proved that the automaker was starting to understand the key fundamentals: decent fuel economy, a long list of standard features and a roomy back seat.

Last year Chevrolet started selling the second-generation Cruze. The new model takes the ideas that worked on the first-generation, along with a number of improvements to try and make it one of the best models in the class.

The Honda Civic is currently the model to beat in the compact class, as it offers sharp looks, spritely performance and sharp driving dynamics. The Mazda3 is still the benchmark when it comes to driving fun for a compact. The Hyundai Elantra and recently updated Kia Forte retain the best value in the class. Don’t discount the Nissan Sentra if space is your primary concern.

The Chevrolet Cruze has a lot of good points going for it, such as fuel economy, a cushy ride and a lot of technology features. Yes, the exterior could use some work for the sedan and it isn’t a sporty as some of its competitors. However, the Cruze is a well-balanced compact sedan or hatchback. It’s worthy of being close to the top of your list.

What We Love About the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

  • Strikes a nice balance between comfort and sport in terms of ride
  • Impressive rear legroom for the class
  • High fuel economy figures

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze:

  • Exterior styling is a bit blah without the RS appearance package
  • Can become very expensive
  • Chevrolet MyLink still has some bugs to work out

 

You can learn more about the 2017 Cruze now, in the FULL REVIEW HERE.

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