The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan vs. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

For years now, the Chevy Cruze has been a solid option for drivers looking for a dependable compact car with confident, fuel-efficient performance and a variety of advanced tech features for the affordable price. Not until this model year has the Cruze been available as a hatchback, though. Check out this comparison guide to the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan and 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback to find out which configuration is best suited for you, and then take the trip from Cincinnati to check out both versions at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence, KY.

A Brief Glimpse at Both Configurations of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

2017 Chevy Cruze Sedan

  • Compact sedan
  • MSRP from only $16,975
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

  • All-new hatchback body style for 2017
  • Maximum cargo capacity of 47.2 cubic feet
  • Standard cargo cover and rear spoiler

Performance Specs

No matter which version of the Chevy Cruze you choose, you’ll get your power from a turbocharged 1.4L inline-four engine that puts out 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. On the sedan, the Cruze is capable of achieving up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city, and those numbers are expected to drop by about a mile or two a piece on the hatchback due to its additional weight in back.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Whether you decide the 2017 Chevy Cruze Sedan or 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback is the better option for you, it’s important to know that you’ll get generous standard seating space for up to five passengers either way. The big difference between these models comes in terms of cargo space in back:

  • Chevy Cruze Sedan – As a sedan, the 2017 Chevy Cruze has a traditional trunk with a total cargo capacity of 14.8 cubic feet. While that’s plenty of room for a compact sedan, it’s not as much as that hatchback.
  • Chevy Cruze Hatchback – The first generation of the Cruze hatchback opens up this compact car to significantly more cargo room. There’s 18.5 cubic feet available behind the rear seat, and a split folding rear bench seat opens up a max cargo volume of 47.2 cubic feet.


The 2017 Chevy Cruze is an affordable option for a small car whether you choose the sedan or hatchback. However, the Chevy Cruze Sedan is available in L, LS, LT, and Premier trim levels, while the Chevy Cruze Hatchback is only offered in LT and Premier trims. Here’s a look at the price range for both models:

  • Chevy Cruze Sedan – MSRP from $16,975 to $23,475
  • Chevy Cruze Hatchback – MSRP from $21,240 to $23,945

Standard Features

Because the Chevy Cruze Sedan is offered with lower trim levels than the Chevy Cruze Hatchback, there are some versions of the sedan that don’t offer as much equipment as the hatchback. However, even the most basic version of the sedan comes standard with OnStar telematics, a 4G LTE Wi-FI hotspot, a rearview camera, and a Chevy MyLink touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The LT and Premier trims of both models come identically equipped apart from the fact that the the hatchback also gets a cargo cover and rear spoiler.

Should I Go with the 2017 Chevy Cruze Sedan or 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback?

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Sedan and 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback run on the same powertrain, sit on the same platform, and come offered with the same impressive list of available advanced features. The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback gives you more standard equipment and noticeably more room to store your gear, though. If you want that extra room, then the hatchback is likely the right pick. If you don’t need the extra room and are happy to pay a bit less for your vehicle, then the sedan is the way to go.

Take a Tour of Both 2017 Chevy Cruze Models at Tom Gill Chevy

Before you decide which way to go, the team at Tom Gill Chevrolet invites you to stop in and check out the interior, cargo area, and design of both the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan and 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. Our dealership is located near Cincinnati at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY. We’re open every day of the week, and you can reach us online or give us a call at (855) 977-0189. We look forward to serving all your automotive needs!