It’s a car-eat-car world out there, and we’re just living in it. How can you hop in the driver’s seat and take control of your car search? If you’re in the market for a compact car, the first step would be to compare some of the popular choices out there. Let’s jump right in, and explore the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Toyota Corolla: Compact Cars, Outsized Competition

Cabin Space

When you think “compact car,” you rarely think “spacious” – but that describes the new Chevy Cruze perfectly. With seating for five and 22.7 cu. ft. of cargo space, you’ll have enough room to take all your friends and equipment on your next adventure. While the Toyota Corolla also seats five, it offers only 13 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Fold the rear seats down in the Cruze, and you’ll enjoy 47.2 cu. ft. of cargo space. That’s enough room to fit your bike as you head out onto the American Tobacco Trail, which has several convenient parking areas nearby in Apex, North Carolina.


The Chevy Cruze’s standard 1.4L turbo engine offers 153 horsepower, 177 lb.-ft. of torque, and up to 39 mpg on the highway. The Toyota Corolla pales in comparison with a standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that offers only 132 horsepower, 128 lb.-ft. of torque, and 36 mpg on the highway.


Cruze has the utility, but does it also deliver on comfort? We’ll let the critics decide.

U.S. News & World Report: “The Cruze provides a comfortable interior, a user-friendly infotainment system, a smooth ride, and strong fuel economy.”

Edmunds: “It also boasts a world-class cabin that feels more luxurious than most other compact cars and a ride that is both sporty and comfortable.”

The Verdict

We’d like to say it was a close race, but the Cruze’s power and versatility helped it speed far ahead from the get-go.

Cruze Over to Hendrick Chevrolet in Cary, NC

The bottom line is: you deserve the best. And Hendrick Chevrolet in Cary, North Carolina, has it. Check out the new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze for sale and give us a call to learn more at (877) 753-1813.

If you’re looking for a pre-owned Chevrolet Cruze instead, check out these five easy steps to finding your next used car.