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Head to Head: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla may be leaders of the compact sedan segment, but there are some other offerings out there that are swaying the consumer’s decision. Two major competitors of this segment include the Chevrolet Cruze and the Hyundai Elantra.

Both the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra have been racking up accolades from automotive publications and are quickly becoming popular vehicles in the compact sedan segment. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at how the two stack up against each other.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Comparison

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze was recently redesigned with a very dynamic front and rear end. The exterior is highlighted by new headlamp design, a long wheelbase, and a sharp new grille. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sits on a wheelbase that measures 106.3 inches with an overall length of 183.7 inches. The width of the Chevrolet Cruze comes in at 70.5 inches with an overall height of 57.4 inches.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra was also recently redesigned – highlighted by a large new aggressive grille, sharp new headlamps design, and a rear end that gives it a sort of a four-door coupe-like silhouette. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra sits on a 106.3-inch wheelbase with a length of 179.9 inches. The width comes in at 70.9 inches and the height comes in at 56.5 inches.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior Comparison

Like the exterior, the interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze has been significantly updated to attract young car shoppers. The design of the cabin is very modern with high-quality materials used throughout. Legroom comes in at 42 inches for front row passengers and 36.1 inches for rear passengers.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra’s interior has also been redesigned and now looks more grown up over its predecessor. Everything is laid out very ergonomically which gives the 2017 Elantra a more sophisticated look and feel. Interior space offers 42.2 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 35.7 inches for rear passengers.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Performance Comparison

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission, the Chevrolet Cruze can run from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 132 mph.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The Elantra also offers two other engine choices including a 128 horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Features Comparison

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze offers a range of safety features including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, AUX/USB ports, OnStart with 4G LTE, and much more.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, has smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, and more. To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll have to upgrade to the Hyundai Elantra Value Edition which adds a 7-inch display audio system with high-resolution touchscreen.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Overall Comparison

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra both offer a lot of bang for your buck. With a long list of standard features, a modern interior, and a sleek exterior – both models are great choices for those looking for a new compact sedan. Visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.

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