2017 Chevrolet Cruze
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.