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Ready, Set, Cruze: 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback Revs into the New Model Year

Author JoeC    Category Hatchbacks     Tags

2017 Chevy Cruze HatchbackChevrolet officially unveiled its new 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and this highly anticipated new vehicle is set to hit dealerships in the fall of 2016.

The Cruze currently reigns as Chevrolet’s best-selling car worldwide, and a forthcoming hatchback version has fans smiling.

Everything Cruze Drivers Love and More

The Cruze Hatchback gives drivers a practical, sporty option among the members of the Cruze family, still retaining the technologies and driving features consumers have enjoyed in the 2016 Cruze sedan.

The Hatchback features the same class-leading, 106.3-inch wheelbase that is found in the Cruze sedan models, adding a unique roof and rear-end structure that includes wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler at the top of the liftgate.

The Cruze Hatchback does not disappoint in the realm of roominess, offering 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

You Want It, Cruze Has It

The 2017 Cruze Hatchback lineup will include LT and Premier trims as well as an RS package.

The Hatchback offers a more rigid architecture that is more than 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation Cruze model, serving as a dynamic driving basis and also enhancing safety and efficiency.

Impressive features found on the Cruze Hatch will include:

  • More standard safety features than can be found in any compact car, including available Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist
  • Segment-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via MyLink radio systems the and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and stop/start technologies, electric power steering, and a Z-link rear suspension (Premier models)
  • Midsize-level interior spaciousness
  • Available Teen Driver technology, which promotes safe teen driving habits and informs parents about their teenagers’ performance behind the wheel
  • Available Athens leather seating surfaces
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED lighting

Great Expectations

As drivers wait excitedly for the new Cruze Hatchback to hit dealerships in fall 2016, they can keep busy in the meantime by exploring and test driving the impressive, currently available 2016 Chevy Cruze models.

As the old saying goes, “Time flies,” and fall and the new Cruze Hatchback will be here before you know it!


Fuel-Efficient Wagons: the 2013 Kia Soul vs. the 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon

Author JoeC    Category Wagons     Tags
2013 Kia Soul

2013 Kia Soul

Today we are looking at two gas-powered wagons: the 2013 Kia Soul and the 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon.

2013 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul offers a unique take on the wagon with sharp lines that make it look like something out of the future. In terms of fuel economy, the vehicle is rated at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway thanks to a 1.6L four-cylinder engine producing 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful four-cylinder engine is available at higher trims, but fuel economy goes down a tad.

Besides its fuel efficiency, the vehicle’s draw is its low starting price of $15,175. Despite its low price, it comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and iPod connectivity. Kia clearly has consumers in mind when they built this.

2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon

The 2013 Subaru Impreza Wagon, available at Subaru South Orlando has a higher starting price at $19,165, but does have some advantages over the Kia Soul. First is a higher-powered 2.0L four-cylinder, producing 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. It too gets 25 mpg city, but has a better 33 mpg highway rating. The Subaru wagon also comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a great choice for people who live in areas with lots of snow. Both vehicles have about the same cargo space and many features, though the Subaru doesn’t come with standard Bluetooth connectivity.

Bottom Line

While our last wagon competition was a clear winner, this one is a bit tougher. If cost is your biggest immediate concern, then you’ll be pleased with the Kia Soul. It’s affordable, stylish, and doesn’t penalize you for its lower cost by skipping on features. On the other hand, drivers interested in fuel economy and performance will want the Subaru Impreza. It’s got more power and many people, myself included, would have a hard time turning away from standard all-wheel drive. If you can’t make up your mind, the easiest way to make a decision is to take both out for a test drive.