2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan

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2017 MODEL
$23,795 - $25,395 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Chevrolet Cruze in its second generation of guise. Back in 2011, the very model brought Chevrolet up and against the global players. With such a great success, Chevrolet introduced the second iteration. Which is now even more striking and edgier than ever.

Starting at $16,975, you get a 1.6 liter turbo diesel, 137 hp of power and 240 lb-ft of torque. There's a further option of a standard six-speed manual and an optional nine-speed automatic. With 52mpg as highway fuel economy rating, this diesel is rather efficient. The sedan is available in L, LS, LT and Premier.


7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Pitted against Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is Honda Civic i-Dtec Diesel. Which has a tad less power of 118hp. USA being a market where giants pulled most of its diesel options from, Japanese legend is the only diesel-powered competitor.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Features

7.0/10

There are total of four trims on offer, it has plenty of equipment as standard. 7” infotainment screen comes shod in the base variant “L” with host of new connectivity features.

Trims (Sedan) L LS LT Premier
MSRP $16,975 $18,525 $20,845 $23,475
Key Features 15-inch steel wheels All of L trim's features + All of LS trim's features + All of LT trim's features +
Automatic headlights Front center armrest 16-inch alloy wheels 17-inch wheels
Remote locking and unlocking Carpeted floor mats Upgraded headlights with LED running lights Upgraded rear suspension

Six-way manually adjustable driver seat

Six-Speed Automatic Transmission  Heated mirrors Chrome exterior accents
Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel  

 Cruise control

 Ambient interior lighting
60/40-split folding rear seatbacks   Steering-wheel-mounted phone  Illuminated vanity mirrors
Bluetooth connectivity    Audio controls  
 Four-speaker audio system with a USB port    Rear center armrest with cup holders  

OnStar (with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot),

  Six-speaker audio system with satellite radio  
Rearview camera   Charge-only USB port  
MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch central touchscreen   Armrest with a sliding feature  
 Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto      

What to Trim to choose?

“LT” Trim is the one to go for. It offers you the pretty last of the important features you’d ever want. A trim higher and you’ll not improve much on features for considerable gain in the cost.

 

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Engine

7.0/10

"Turbo-diesel proponents love touting all the torque produced by such engines at very low rpm. In the Cruze context, there’s some truth to tell. Versus the only other available engine, a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four gas burner, the new diesel punches home 36 percent more peak torque—a strapping 240 lb-ft—at the same 2000 rpm."-CarandDriver

Engine and Transmission

Cruze is powered by 1.6L turbo-diesel putting out 137hp and 240 lb-ft which is good for a commute but lacks power when you need to accelerate in-gear and overtake. But this nature of Chevy helps it be frugal on the highway. The automatic start-stop feature though is one annoying feature, which can't be disabled and is annoying.

Transmission is smooth shifting 9-speed automatic and a standard 6-speed manual. Automatic shifts up at a fair- 3000 rpm. The gears are designed to make the overall mileage pretty high so don't expect lightening responses unless you mash the pedal to the metal.

Models Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic Diesel
MSRP $16,975 $18,940
Engine 1.6-liter turbo diesel 1.6-liter turbo diesel
Transmission 6-speed manual/ 9-speed auto 6-speed manual
Power 137hp 118hp
Torque 240 lb-ft 221 lb-ft

Honda Civic has fewer ponies when compared to Cruze. And this fact doesn't make Cruze is an outright diesel performer. If EPA is your game, go for Civic. And if you want something relatively better in terms of power not compromising on efficiency much, Cruze is the compact sedan to head for.

Acceleration

Chevrolet Cruze isn't a quick reacting car from point go. 8.2 seconds to do a 60 is a lot of time for a sedan in its class. Hotter weather will make it lazier. Cruze Diesel being developed for outright fuel efficiency, it lacks the power considering it's the only diesel option in Chevrolet's engine line-up.

Models Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic Diesel
0-60 MPH 8.2sec 9.8sec
Quarter mile 16.4sec 17.2sec
Emission

 

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.5 5.1

It's surprising how slow reacting Cruze, makes a better a choice to go for than Civic. It beats Civic by more than 1.5 seconds which is a lot of difference at 60 mph. The Civic closes the gap in a quarter mile.

Braking and Handling

Braking and the overall control over the car pours in a lot of confidence in you. Though there's a lot of pitch present which makes it feel mellow. Nevertheless, the kind of trust it ensues with its brakes is respectable. The additional grip on offer because of the heavy front and grippy tires only makes things better.

The handling is well sorted, the grip on the 17' tires on the superior trims is great. The eased out suspension ruins the overall feel. And that's not the case with its hatchback sister. Which is a better handler?

Model Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic Diesel
Brake Front(in) 10.8 11.1
Brake Rear(in) 10.4 10.2
70-0 MPH (ft.) 172ft N/A

Honda Civic i-Dtec have a bigger front rotor here. And because of the lesser weight and short proportions, the Civic confronts Cruze as a better car when braking is concerned. Handling uses the same aspects to make Civic a more athletic and an always on-its-toes machine here.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Fuel Economy

8.5/10

Diesel was always built for the convenience it gives when efficiency is concerned. And Cruze is no less here. Impressing with a rather good mileage, 52 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city are some respectful figures. We think that was what Cruze was meant for in the first place.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic Diesel
MPG (city) 30 35
MPG (highway) 52 50
MPG (combined) 40 40


Honda Civic being frugal what Japanese are always known for, is a more efficient car in the city with 35 mpg in the city. On the highway, the Cruze leads Honda giving 2 more miles to a gallon. Being almost 15hp over Civic and still being able to compete makes the Chevy stand out here.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Interior

7.8/10

"Cloth and leather seats are both comfortable, but there's no adjustable lumbar support. Rear-seat room is also tight compared to the Civic."- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Seating and Comfort

Cruze is able to seat 4 adults comfortably. It might need a little adjustment for 5. Overall quality of the cabin is average. Chrome accents come out being shiny and reflective in sun. Although contrast stitching on faux leather makes the overall feel very premium.

The suspension smoothens out any undulations, it helps you ride in comfort. We feel the cabin could be roomier. The front seats are good for tall people. Whereas in the second row, they can feel cramped. The sloping roof makes ingress and egress a bit difficult.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic Diesel
Passenger capacity 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft. cube) N/A 97.8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

38.9/54.9/42.0 39.3/57/42.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.3/53.2/36.1 37.1/55/37.4

Honda surprises here being the roomier of the two. Be it dimensions or the experience inside the Civic, it etches a mark first when space is concerned. Cruze takes a back seat here, being less spacious.

Cargo volume

This compact sedan is only able to pull 13.9 cu.ft in its boot. Which is good for going around in the city. But probably not for long getaways.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Honda Civic LX
Trunk volume (cu.ft) 13.9 15.1


Honda Civic again dusts Cruze here having a tad bit better cargo volume, 1.1 cu.ft more to be precise. If you want Cruze, with a more flexible cargo volume. We suggest opting for its hatchback sister.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Exterior

7.8/10

"...While bigger than the 1st-generation car, it's still compact enough that parking-lot maneuvers are a snap. But practical considerations aside, we just like the sleek and swoopy shape. The front-end elements are all spot-on, with no one thing dominant, and the same in the rear. It's not the most out-there styling for a compact sedan, but the slightly more conservative lines will wear nicely over time, we think."- KelleyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

The car is sharper and striking than the previous generation. It's a little heavy thanks to its high-compression engine and comparatively substantial dimensions. Chevrolet doesn't offer Cruze Hatchback with diesel which could have been a better package.

The rear looks better than ever. The last iteration had a kind of detachment between the sharp front and a questionable rear. If the former car had a kind of an attitude, the new car has a lot of flamboyance in its lines and fascia.

Model Chevrolet Cruze Honda Civic Diesel
curb weight(lbs) 3091 3000
Length(in) 183.7 177.9
Width(in) 70.5 70.8
Height(in) 57.4 56.5
Ground clearance(in)    
Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.2
Track width(in) F/R N/A 60.9/61.5

Compared to Cruze, Civic looks sharper. Like a ninja which is ready with a sword in its robe. Cruze goes for a little-understated look than its Japanese colleague. The wheelbase of both the cars are similar. But Cruze uses its overhanging bits to help it look longer and roomier.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Safety

Cruze is fairly equipped with safety features. It has unconventional features like Teen Driver System, OnStar Crash Response system. There are further active and passive safety features like:

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

IIHS Ratings

Chevy Cruze scores well in the safety tests conducted by IIHS.

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention Basic
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use  Acceptable

NHTSA Ratings

The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan scores an overall 5-star rating in the safety tests conducted by the NHTSA.

NHSTA Ratings
Overall Ratings 5 Star

 

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall 4 Star
Driver 5 Star
Passenger 4 Star

 

Side Crash Rating
Overall 5 Star

 

Side Barrier Rating
Overall 4 Star
Driver 5 Star
Passenger 4 Star

 

Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
Front Seat 5 Star
Back Seat 4 Star

 

Rollover
Rollover 4 Star

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Competition

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel vs Honda Civic iDtec

Civic comes out to be a rather exciting looking car for a diesel. At 118hp it might be a little underpowered. But Japanese reliability with an impressive mileage of 35 mpg in the city overshadows the former bit very well.

Cruze is still a better car to head for. 137 hp Being more powerful and equally efficient. The suspension is supple and interior comfort is good. It's a no-brainer choice here.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan Final Verdict

Chevrolet Cruze is one of the last star bearing cars to have diesel in the compact sedan market. And does pretty much what diesel is expected to do. It's a tad bit short on power and for $ 16,975 is a little expensive too. The lack of competition makes Chevrolet enjoy the benefit. Basically, last, of the comfortable and frugal compact diesel sedan, you can buy in the country. 

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

2 colors added to the lineu No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23795

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

98 cu. in.

horsepower

137 hp @ 3750 rpm

torque

240 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.4 in. ventilated front disc/10.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.7 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

57.4 in.

curb weight

3147 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

13.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

30/37/52 mpg

highway range

832 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan in Graphite Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan in Black color  2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Kinetic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Exterior

7.8

Engine

7.0

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

8.5

Features

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan LT

LT

power
137 hp @ 3750 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
37 combined

$23,795 - $25,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) Starting at $23,795 MSRP (30/37/52) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
LT 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbodiesel 9A) Starting at $25,395 MSRP (31/37/47) 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

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