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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback: Detroit Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2016

What Is It?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- a hatchback version of the recently redesigned Chevy Cruze. Offered only in a 5-door variant, the Cruze Hatchback keeps the front-end styling of the standard Cruze but touts a totally new look in back.

The arrival of the Cruze Hatchback is big news for hatchback fans, as Chevrolet has been offering a Cruze Hatchback in foreign markets for several years. It's also big news for drivers who need a more practical vehicle than the standard Cruze sedan, as the Cruze Hatchback touts 18.5 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 42 cu ft. with the seats folded -- only slightly behind the cavernous Mazda3 hatchback, which offers 20 cu ft. with the seats in place and 47 cu ft. with them folded.

Under the hood, the Cruze Hatchback is powered by the same engine you'll find in the Cruze sedan: a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that offers 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Although Chevrolet has not yet revealed what transmission the Cruze Hatchback will use, the automaker has said the hatchback will only come with front-wheel drive.

How Much?

Although Chevrolet has not announced pricing, the automaker did say the base-level Cruze Hatchback will be an upscale LT trim level, which will be more expensive than the sedan's base-level LS trim. As a result, we suspect the Cruze Hatchback will start just under $20,000, which is a $2,000 to $3,000 premium over the base-level sedan.

When Can You Get It?

Fall 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Hatchbacks are back -- and the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze looks like a formidable opponent to popular models, such as the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra GT. In addition to eye-grabbing styling, the Cruze Hatchback boasts a desirable powertrain and a lot of additional practicality compared to the sedan. If other recent Chevrolet models are any indication, we think it'll be loaded with the latest technology, too.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Ford Focus -- The Ford Focus hatchback offers fuel-efficient powertrains and a lot of technology -- though its overall design is getting older.

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT -- The Elantra GT is a handsome 5-door hatchback that offers reasonable pricing, lots of equipment and the peace of mind that comes with Hyundai's 10-year powertrain warranty. Although it's headed for a redesign, it's still worth a look.

2016 Mazda Mazda3 -- The Mazda3 is the current gold standard among modern compact hatchbacks, touting a sporty driving experience, lots of equipment and a surprisingly large interior. Unseating the Mazda3 hatchback will be difficult work for the Chevy Cruze.

Used Lexus CT 200h -- If you like the Cruze's hatchback shape but want a little more luxury -- and better gas mileage -- consider the hybrid-powered Lexus CT 200h. Also only offered in 5-door guise, the CT 200h boasts a lot of equipment and up to 43 miles per gallon in the city. The CT has a higher starting price than the Cruze, though, so you may have to consider a used model.

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