2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car in a growing segment—literally and figuratively.

Many are approaching mid-size proportions, while offering the same fuel-efficient powertrains.

The Toyota Corolla is a popular pick in the segment, somewhat because we're all creatures of habit.

The Corolla adds standout new safety features this year, but little else about the car is exciting.

The Mazda 3 may be the best driver's car among the crowd and is high on our list, but nowhere near as spacious as the Cruze.

Both the Focus and Jetta are getting long in the tooth, but would be good value picks in the class.

The Elantra beats them all on value, however, but doesn't have the same interior comfort as top Cruze models.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Chevy Cruze adds a hatch to the family that retains the same good ride and ample space, without being boomy or loud.
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sure—but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road.
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla takes a well-deserved bow this year for 50 years of drama-free commuting. This model is entirely acceptable, and we're thankful for an available suite of advanced safety tech.
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a decent compact car—one in a crowded field, without a "killer app."
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Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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