The Chevrolet Cruze aims to create a pleasant driving experience that is compact enough to make parking and maneuvering a breeze while enhancing fuel economy. The Cruze is always available with the latest technology and has a highly affordable starting point.

Now that you can pick from a Cruze hatchback or sedan, you will need to figure out which body style to drive around Cary, NC.

Differences Between the Cruze Sedan and Hatchback

Engines and Efficiency

The 2017 Cruze sedan and hatchback both come standard with a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gives you 153 horsepower. They also have the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. While these components are the same, the Cruze sedan’s body style makes it more efficient, getting up to 30 city/40 highway/34 combined MPG with the automatic. Meanwhile, the hatchback gets up to 29/38/32 MPG.

In addition to getting slightly better fuel economy with the standard engine, the Cruze sedan is the only body style to offer a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel powertrain with 240 lb.-ft. and 52 MPG on the highway.

Trims and Starting Price

Both Chevrolet Cruze body styles are offered in several trims. However, since the hatchback is newer, it has somewhat more limited options.

The sedan is offered as an L, LS, LT, or Premier trim. The Hatchback is available as an LT or Premier. Since the Cruze sedan offers trims with fewer features than you get as standard in the hatchback, it makes sense that the base price for the hatchback is higher. That said, comparable trims of the hatchback and sedan are close in price, with the hatchback only costing a little more. This means that while the Cruze sedan is ideal if you are on a strict budget, the average driver interested in the higher trims will be happy with either.

Cargo Area

Thanks to its body style, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback gives you much more interior room for storage than the sedan. Behind the rear seats, you will get 18.5 cu.ft., which increases to 47.2 by folding the seats down. By comparison, the Cruze sedan has 14.8 cu.ft. in its trunk, which is impressive for a compact sedan but less than its hatchback counterpart.

How to Figure Out Which Chevy Cruze to Drive

Whether you know if you prefer the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback or sedan or are still trying to decide, the team at Hendrick Chevy in Cary, NC, can help you. You can compare the two models side by side at our dealership or take your favorite on a test drive to confirm it is the right Cruze for your particular needs. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you get behind the wheel.