2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback vs. the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

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The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is the first model of this popular compact car available as a hatchback configuration, but the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback is a similar option already established in the Chevrolet lineup. That creates a challenge for drivers in Southwest Ohio to find the best new hatchback for their needs. Compare the price and features of each option head-to-head to make the choice a little simpler. Once you’re armed with more information, head to Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence to check out one or both models.


The cost of a car is always a major consideration. And while both of these cars are on the low end of the spectrum in terms of price, the difference between the two amounts to thousands of dollars:

  • The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback has an MSRP ranging from $17,580 to $21,215. That makes this one of the most affordable hatchbacks on the road.
  • The Cruze Hatchback has a little more to offer overall, but comes with an MSRP that ranges from $21,240 to $23,945.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback on road


Both of these cars can get you capably around Cincinnati, the suburbs, and beyond, but there are important differences between them in terms of performance. That is especially true if your prioritize power or fuel efficiency. The Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback is equipped with a 1.8L four-cylinder base engine that produces 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. You also have the option to drive a turbocharged version of the same engine that elevates power to 148 lb-ft of torque. That engine can bolt from 0-60 mph in a quick 8.4 seconds and achieve up to 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

The Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is the more powerful car, which makes sense considering it’s also bigger. All trims run on a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. You can speed from 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds and get impressive fuel-efficiency ratings of up to 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.


Having plenty of room for everyone and everything is obviously a priority in any hatchback. But some drivers would prefer to have a larger overall carrying capacity, while others would be willing to sacrifice size for a smaller, easier to maneuver car. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback offers 19.0 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space and 47.7 cubic feet of space with the seats down. There is also room for up to five passengers. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback has 22.7 cubic feet of rear cargo space and 47.2 cubic feet when making use of the rear seat area. There is also seating for five, but the larger footprint of the car offers a little extra head, leg, and shoulder room.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback inside


The list of standard features in both of these cars is very similar. Both come with remote locking/unlocking, LED running lights, and heated mirrors that are great for chilly Ohio winters. The list of included tech features is especially impressive thanks to the inclusion of 7-inch touchscreen displays with Android and Apple app integration, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio. The OnStar telematics system is also standard, which improves safety while doubling as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. The similarities between the features continues at upper level trims where both cars receive a number of cosmetic improvements like upgraded upholstery and larger wheels.

Which Hatchback is Right for Me?

This is a tough choice because both of these are great cars, and in a lot of ways they are very similar. Start by thinking about your budget. The Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback will save you money, but you don’t have to pay a substantial amount more to upgrade to the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. Then consider style – the Cruze focuses more on design overall, but some drivers will prefer the subtle approach of the Sonic. The vehicles are similar in terms of performance, but the Sonic is quicker while the Cruze is more efficient and powerful. Finally, factor in your carrying needs. The Cruze has more room for passengers and more dedicated cargo space, but the Sonic has more room for cargo overall and a lighter, more nimble character on the road.

Find Your Chevy at Tom Gill Chevrolet

If you are still on the fence, plan a trip to Tom Gill Chevrolet located at 7830 Commerce Dr., Florence, KY. We have both cars on the lot right now, and our sales staff would be happy to let you tour and test drive any model. We are just 15 minutes outside of Cincinnati, and conveniently near the Florence area right off I-75. Feel free to contact us if we can answer any of your questions.