By on June 16, 2016

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Chevrolet just announced pricing for the 2017 Cruze hatchback due out this fall, and the extra cargo volume tacks on about $4,700 to the price of a base sedan.

Buyers looking for an extra 32.4 cubic feet of cargo space (with rear seats folded) will pay an MSRP of $22,190 — a price that includes a destination freight charge, but not taxes, fees and other monetary hassles.

Assuming a $875 charge (the same as a 2016 Cruze Limited), that pushes the price difference between the hatch and the “L” sedan to less than five grand.

Of course, interior volume alone doesn’t account for the price increase. The hatch variant does away with the bargain basement trim lines and starts at the LT level. Premium and RS trims are also available. Buyers can expect GM’s upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, making 153 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque.

The automaker didn’t say whether a manual transmission would be offered in the LT hatch, thought it is offered in the LT sedan. If it only comes with an automatic, the price gap between it and a $21,120 (MSRP) LT sedan is barely big enough to let daylight through.

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71 Comments on “You’ll Pay a Premium for the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback’s Extra Space...”


  • avatar
    RHD

    The Mazda 3 rides again!

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      It will have much better NVH than the Mazda.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        I prefer Mazda NVH to a car made by Opel and Daewoo. Besides, it looks like Elantra anyways. Of course, Elantra looks like Mazda in the first place

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          A GM car designed by GM divisions? NOOOO! What are they thinking?! I would never expect a car sold by a company to be developed by that same company. What an odd thing.

        • 0 avatar

          10 years ago I would have said the same thing but the Cruze and Sonic are very well put together I would put them at the top of the class, amazing really for Daewoos but they are what I would spend my own money on in the class.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            @mopar4wd

            you have no support to what you said. Hard core data shows that Mazda3 since 2011 never had more that 20 [sky active] repairs per 100 vehicles. While Cruze was hitting as high as 70.

            I’ll never forget this one – “a steering wheel that separates from the column”. What did you say? – “very well put together”.

            Disclosure – I own 2 Mazda3 – 10/11 iTouring. 80+ and 60+ K miles. No repairs to date. I mean, failure-related repairs. 1 recall about software.

            2014 Cruze had 12 recalls. No, me amigo – I take Mazda NVH and great road manners all over, again and again. And you should stop making calls not supported by any FACTS

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            Using Truedelta as the only source like yourself the latest gen M3 looks great on repairs per 100. It is the prior gen that was entertaining the dealership about half the time per 100. Probably why no one is buying Mazda.

            Cruze, on average is less than 50 trips per 100.

        • 0 avatar
          VW16v

          Slavuta, which Elanta looks like a Mazda? If anything this new Cruze hatchback is a copy of a Elanta touring.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            @VW16v

            Exactly. But remember, Mazda came with that design first. Bulged fenders, smiling face, sharp angled line that goes front to rear and up, starting at bulged front fender. I mean, Elantra is copy of Mazda body style with subtle modifications. Elantra was still smiling but not as much as Mazda3, etc. If I was Mazda, I would take them to court. Manufacturers lost all shame. You can’t tell Ford from Subaru, from Hyundai.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I like the looks too. I looked at a new Cruze not too long ago and that thing is screwed together REAL nicely. Haven’t driven it, tho.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          The one I rented last year felt very nice and solid, rode nice, and got pretty decent mileage for the hilly PA driving I was doing. I liked it.

          I saw a brand new Volt this evening in traffic, it looks pretty Civic-like. And appears to be quite a bit smaller than the original – whether that is true or not, I dunno.

          Other rare sights today:
          Touraeg V10 TDI!
          Volvo V70 R AWD!

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            Naah, the new one is just a lot swoopier than the original boxy, high-sill Volt. It’s basically a liftback version of the new Cruze.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I don’t know what it was about the old Volt – maybe the straight lines. It always looked bigger than the Cruze to me.

  • avatar
    MBella

    The sedan will outsell hatch because of the crazy markup. They’ll then say, “See, nobody wants a hatch”.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Meh, do you think the dealers will actually be able to get that much extra coin for a hatch?

      I think not.

      I would however pay more if they would stop putting gas doors on the PASSENGER SIDE of vehicles. God that annoys me on any vehicle. (looking at those oh so obvious cut lines for the gas door in the picture…)

      • 0 avatar
        MBella

        But that will add to the argument. We had to take 5k off the price to move it, when actually they will be pricing them inline with the seadan.

      • 0 avatar
        rudiger

        I once read that the logic of the passenger side fuel filler was safety. If you ran out of gas, you’d be away from traffic to fill up.

      • 0 avatar
        ClutchCarGo

        Both of my cars have the filler door on the passenger side and I prefer it that way. It makes it easier to get close to the pumps yet still be able to open the driver’s door wide to get in and out.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      The lead in is very misleading, its not that much more than the EQUIVALENT Cruze sedan. Its just the hatch doesn’t come in rental-spec trim, it starts with the LT and goes up from there.

      • 0 avatar
        EricJ

        Ford does the same thing.

        I’m not sure why anyone builds sedans at compact size and smaller anymore. Their practicality is poor and they’re generally ugly. The sedan obsession in North America baffles me.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Sorta what Honda’s doing with the Civic Hatch, as well. Where on the trims it will start, I don’t know — EX, I’d guess. (Keyless access, LaneWatch, sunroof, decent stereo, Sensing suite maybe.)

        Looks like a Hyundai Azera..in a good way!

    • 0 avatar
      EricJ

      Ford charges a premium for their hatch versions of their small cars as well. The premium on the Fiesta from S sedan to SE hatch is $1.6k, on the Focus the S sedan to SE hatch is $1.8k…

      This is a really big jump, but probably not enough to keep people from buying them.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Nobody buys the S sedan. Or the Cruze L. It’s effectively a rental car, fleet, and cheapo trim that has the lowest purchase price. The Focus SE has incentives that the S doesn’t get and leases out better.

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      MBella – You fell victim to a misleading headline. The author’s actual article contradicts his premise.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So it’s about $2,000 more than the Scion iM, or whatever Matrix or Corolla Verso name it gets next year – but will be considerably more solid. But that weight will come at a price, you’d think. How can the Cruze beat the iM’s rating of 28/37 with 30/42?

    Confuse.

    • 0 avatar
      Coopdeville

      Gearing and magic grill flappy things?

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        Over the weekend I took the Dart up to Birmingham to see my family– I got to Boca Raton before I remembered sixth gear. 47.8MPG when I realized it was there.

        Tiny turbo engines, sixth gear and magic flappy grill thingees make me a happy iNeon!

        Birmingham to Orlando on a $20 tank of fuel!

        • 0 avatar
          EricJ

          That’s great.

          I’m shocked by fuel economy these days. The Mazda3 I rented this last weekend returned 42mpg in heavy mountain and high-speed (70-80+mph and a lot of mountains) highway driving. I couldn’t imagine what the thing would get at more normal speeds on flat ground with the cruise control set…

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    They really don’t want to sell any of those, do they? I wonder what marketing genius made that decision?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I’m surprised they aren’t offering a Cruze LS hatchback. While Ford doesn’t offer an S Hatch, they have the SE hatch that starts about $500 more than the sedan.

      It also sucks that you have to go up to the Premier trim on the Cruze in order to get leather.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Leather on any compact is basically not worth it, far as I’m concerned – it’s all that nasty looking stuff, particularly on Fords.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Cleans up easier. That’s the only thing I wish I had on my C-Max. Heck, I would have been happy with tha MB-Tex V-Tex leatherette stuff.

          • 0 avatar
            gearhead77

            I like leather for easy clean up and wearability. Our Mazda 5 has leather(pleather, whatever) and after eight years of moderate wear and minimal care, still looks good. About every six months I use leather care from Griots on it, which adds maybe 20 minutes to my detail regimen. I don’t drive it as often, but the seats are slightly better now that they’ve aged. I wish my Cruze had leather, I had one with it once as a rental and it felt better and looked better.

          • 0 avatar
            Frylock350

            MB tex is much easier to take care of than actual leather. My truck has actual leather and its pretty obvious what’s real and what’s synthetic. the real leather creases easily. I actually prefer cloth interiors; but I wanted the Cocoa/Dune color combo (I despise solid black interiors, I LOVE brown/tan two tone) which was only available with leather.

  • avatar
    Tomifobia

    Not unheard of. Ford has never offered the Focus 5-door in base trim (in the US, anyway) and Mitsubishi was the same when it was peddling the Lancer Sportback.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      But as bball mentioned, Ford does offer a Focus SE hatch, which is a lower trim than what equates to Chevy’s LT. It is not offered in the most basic trim, though, you’re right about that.

      Funny how it used to be that hatches represented the most basic cars, the poverty spec models that were the cheapest. If you wanted a sedan or coupe, it was usually more.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Errr… it seems more than a little unfair to say that there is a “hatchback premium” when you are comparing the hatchback base price to a trim that it won’t even be available in, and with a transmission that likely won’t be offered.

    I guess it won’t look great if you are looking at Sunday ads: “$Xk for poverty-spec sedan, $X+4k for reasonably equipped hatchback”, but if in practice there is no difference, what’s the story?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I’m just impressed GM followed through with my calling for a “Cruze family” a few years back. Show me a coupe/conv next RenCen.

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    4 Door MINI Hatch has more than 40cu ft with the seats down and starts at $21,700

    • 0 avatar
      Coopdeville

      He meant 32 *more* than the sedan. According to Chevy, this has 47.2 cu ft capacity total. Now if the front seat folded down flat like the PT Cruiser for extra long stuff I would be impressed.

  • avatar
    carguy

    So let me get this right:

    GM charges $21,120 for the LT Cruze sedan and $22,190 for the LT hatch. That is a $1,070 difference and nowhere near the $4,700 quoted in the opening paragraph. That large number is mainly due to equipment levels and not trunk configuration as you’re comparing an entry level stripper sedan to the LT hatch.

    That is not exactly Pulitzer prize winning stuff.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    My ’16 Cruze Limited (old car) is OK and the new one looks to be an improvement in all manners of speaking. But I’m not liking it enough to get another one when this lease ends, even if they do make a hatch version. And I really wanted a Sonic for the hatch, but they don’t lease those like the Cruze.

    The Cruze has no sporting bones in it. It’s a great point A to B car, but when you want to play, even a little, the Cruze says “Noooope”.

    I rented a Fiesta from Hertz. An SE (or whatever) sedan. I drove it to DC from Pittsburgh, which I’ve done recently with the Cruze. The Ford had much better road manners, was only slightly louder and wasn’t down THAT much on power compared to the Cruze. The only thing with the Ford was the effin’ AWFUL Sync system.

    • 0 avatar
      iNeon

      I liked your version of the Cruze, and they’re super affordable/quiet– but you’ve just helped me realize why I couldn’t take one home. It did feel resistant. Dart will give you a little wink and whine if you spank her– Cruze, indeed, just said ‘nope’

      The trip computer was too similar to my old car’s gameboy dot matrix screen, as well. I’m a sucker for a trip computer and check MPG more than my speed, even. It’s unhealthy.

      I’m so into this hatchback, though.

      • 0 avatar
        gearhead77

        If FCA had been leasing Darts like GM was with the Cruze, I’d have a Dart instead. The Dart is a better driving car, but not as isolated as the Cruze. I’m always shocked by how quiet it is. If the 1.4T wasn’t so coarse, it’d be even more so. But the 1.4 makes all of its power down low, so in normal driving, even with PA hills, I don’t have to work it too hard. Anything north of 3500 rpm is noise, north of 4500 is ugly. Just like my ’10 Altima 2.5S was, but the awful CVT did keep the revs low.

        I averaged 32 mpg(calculated, not trip computer) on my trips to DC, staying 10 over the speed limit in light traffic with the Cruze, 90% highway. The Fiesta averaged 34 same conditions. At home, with hills and a 50/50 highway mix, I average 25 mpg with the Cruze, it’s just shy of 3000 miles though.Neither one was awful to do 4 hours in, but the Ford was much more fun on the curves of Route 40 and I68. I can see why the Fiesta ST is well regarded.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Bye-bye squared-off, useful hatches.

    You were wonderful.

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      This a million times. My last “square back ” was my 04 Jetta GLS 1.8T wagon. I thought the CTS wagon was the best looking version of that car, but the useful area in the back wasn’t much. I enjoy wagons and hatches for versatility, making the rear window bend inwards to the cargo area does no favors.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Your first sentence is annoying considering you know good and well the hatch starts at a higher trim level. Why not just list the $1070 estimated price difference here instead of going all convoluted on us until the last sentence?

    edit: I see carguy made this point above.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    The Saturn Astra, which was really an Opel Astra made in Belgium and literally badge-engineered into a “Saturn,” is back.

    Oddly enough, it’s also priced damn close to what a Saturn Astra cost as well.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    You cannot be serious!
    No harm in trying I suppose.

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