2017 Chevy Cruze vs 2017 Chevy Malibu

If someone comes in and they want to look at smaller cars with great fuel efficiency ratings, we like to steer them toward vehicles like the 2017 Chevy Cruze and 2017 Chevy Malibu. Both vehicles are great options when you want high value without breaking the bank, but how do you know if you should pick the 2017 Cruze or the slightly bigger 2017 Malibu? See our 2017 Chevy Cruze vs 2017 Chevy Malibu comparison to learn more about how these two are similar and different!

First, let’s start with how the Cruze and Malibu compare on fuel efficiency. The 2017 Chevy Cruze comes with a standard turbocharged 1.4L I-4 engine that gets an estimated 40 MPG while also offering 153 horsepower for a responsive and fun drive. The 2017 Malibu, on the other hand, has a slightly larger turbocharged 1.5L I-4 with 160 horsepower and a highway rating of 36 MPG.

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2017 Chevy Cruze differences between the 2017 chevy cruze and 2017 chevy malibu 2017 Chevy Malibu
$16,975 MSRP $21,680
1.4L I-4 w/ Turbocharger Base Engine 1.5L I-4 w/ Turbocharger
34 City/40 Highway MPG 27 City/36 Highway
Not Available Hybrid Model Available

Differences between the 2017 Chevy Cruze and 2017 Chevy Malibu

The two big differences between these two models are price and space. Both are highly affordable, but the 2017 Cruze comes in at a few thousand less than the Chevy Malibu, which can certainly be a big deciding factor. The 2017 Malibu does, however, also offer a more spacious cabin at 103 cu.ft. vs the 93.5 cu.ft. in the Cruze. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong with either car.

Even at the base levels for each vehicle, you’re still getting an impressive interior filled with advanced features. Each model comes with a Chevy MyLink infotainment system, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi feature in each car also helps you stay connected without having to rely on a cell signal everywhere you go. The two also offer a good range of trim options and other choices, such as the ability to upgrade to leather seats.  

The best way to decide whether the 2017 Chevy Cruze or 2017 Chevy Malibu is the right car for you is by taking them both for a test drive. We encourage you to stop by Holiday Automotive in Fond du Lac WI to finish your comparison of these two models in person!

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