2017 Chevro­let Cruze

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Cruze LT Diesel hatch­back is one of the best, safest, most re­li­able and af­ford­able com­pact econ­omy cars sold world­wide. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It is de­cent trans­porta­tion in all re­spects.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It looks good in any church, school, fac­tory or cor­po­rate park­ing lot. Body style/lay­out: The Cruze is a com­pact, front-en­gine, front-wheel-drive au­to­mo­bile sold as a sedan or hatch­back. The sedan trim lev­els in­clude L, LS, LT and Pre­mier. Hatch­back trim lev­els in­clude LT Diesel and Pre­mier. Diesel sedans will be avail­able later in 2017. LT Diesel en­gine/trans­mis­sion: It is equipped with a tur­bocharged (forced air) 1.6-liter, 16-valve in­line four-cylin­der diesel en­gine with off-on pro­gram­ming (off at idle, im­me­di­ately restarts when the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal is pressed). The en­gine (137 horse­power, 240 pound-feet of torque) is con­nected (as used in this sam­ple) to a nine-speed au­to­matic that also can be op­er­ated man­u­ally. A tra­di­tional six-speed man­ual is avail­able. Ca­pac­i­ties: It seats five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 13.9 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 13.7 gal­lons of ul­tra-low-sul­fur diesel. I av­er­aged 46.3 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing. Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; a post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem; elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; a full suite of avail­able elec­tronic safety equip­ment; and side and head air bags. Pric­ing: The start­ing price for the 2017 Chevro­let Cruze LT Diesel is $29,810, with an es­ti­mated dealer’s in­voice price of $27,000. Deal­ers are will­ing to bargain. The av­er­age drive-home price on this one in the Wash­ing­ton area is $28,400.

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