2017 Chevy Cruze hatchback review: The perfect everyday driver

An easy rider

One thing drivers praised about the Cruze sedan was how incredibly quiet it was. The hatch model is just as quiet, surprisingly so. I have a janky 2003 Mazda that sounds like a creaking spaceship; the Cruze hatchback’s noise-cancelling is impressive, even when you’re flying down the highway at speed.

Of course, the hatch we got on loan also came with the best amenities, which may have contributed to the hushed ride. In addition to an 18-inch wheel upgrade, the hatch featured an upgraded 9-speaker Bose audio system, enough to distract me from the 405 freeway’s cacophony of car horns and screeching tires.

Some of the other internal upgrades include front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, power sunroof, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. Many of the upgrade packages are reasonably priced though the entertainment additions, such as the 8-inch touch screen and Bose speaker system, is pricey at almost $2,000.

The rest of the interior is a mishmash of rubber, leather, chrome, and soft plastics. It’s not exactly luxury but it’s very clean and aesthetically pleasing. Meanwhile, all the right things are comfortably in reach, including a USB port and auxiliary jack. The seating, too, is very precise and easy to adjust.

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