The new Chevy Cruze hatchback looked promising already, but now we now we have pricing, and it’s pretty agressive. Starting at $22,190, the new Cruze hatch will be in dealers this fall. The trims you can choose from will be the LT and Premier, along with the RS package available. Unlike the Cruze sedan, which starts at $16,120, the hatch will not have a no frills base model, so that’s why it starts in the twenties instead of the teens. Although, even then you still have to pay a bit of a premium over the sedan for the extra space. And it’s a good amount of space. 42 cubic feet, or 1,189 liters, of it to be exact. I will say, though, you can get a lot of tech in the thing. Available systems are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, built in 4g LTE Wi-Fi, Teen Driver systems, wireless charging, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.
On the greasy side of things, this new, attractive little hatch is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder we’ve seen in the Cruze and Sonic for a few years now, and should have the option for a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic that we see in the Cruze sedan. Compared to some other hatches, such as the Volkswagen Golf or Hyundai Elantra GT, the Cruze is more expensive and less powerful. Not a great combination, but the Chevy is starting with more standard equipment than the other cars, and if you were to price them out with the exact same features, you’ll find it’s a similar price to its competitors. All-in-all, Chevy’s made a good-looking, feature packed, practical hatch and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t steal a large portion of hatch sales.
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