We’ll start with some assumptions about your road trip. Let’s say you’re taking four people on this venture — then if you decide to go solo, you can count on room for your dogs or extra snacks. We’re going to ignore the electric offerings for now, in case you don’t want to zigzag from one charging station to the next. Let’s look at three outstanding modern cars: the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala.
Each of these cars has something for everyone. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a well-known and well-rounded sedan that’s thoughtfully engineered and easy to fall in love with. Formerly known as a basic rental car, the 2017 Chevrolet Impala has evolved into a fantastic family-size car. It now features lots of comfortable and stylish details inside, and offers more horsepower to command thanks to an available 3.6L V6 engine. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is the smallest of the bunch, but it makes good use of its interior space and it’s packed with modern technology. It also offers you a choice of sedan or hatchback configuration for extra personalization.
We’re comparing a compact, midsize, and full-size sedan at the moment, so let’s look at how much space you get for your money. The smallest choice is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, at 183.7 inches in overall length. However, it offers the most versatile use of space in its hatchback configuration, so you can still pack 47 cubic feet of gear with the rear seats folded down. (We did a little more research on the Cruze’s two available configurations, so you can read more about the hatchback here!) The Malibu is a full ten inches longer, so it provides an extra two inches of rear legroom over the Cruze. It’s better for tall passengers, although not quite as capable of holding all your roadtrip necessities: the trunk volume comes in just under 16 cubic feet. The 2017 Chevrolet Impala is 201 inches in overall length, which gives you 45 inches of front legroom and 40 inches in the rear. There’s also more space in the trunk than the Malibu, at 18.8 cubic feet. None of these options will force your passenger’s knees into your back, so you can decide which configuration and model best suits your needs. If you’re planning a trip to a big city full of little parking spaces, the 20 inches between the Cruze and the Impala could challenge your parallel parking skills. If you’re planning on nothing but the open road, you might as well grab some extra legroom and stretch out.
There are several convenience features to consider before you hit the road. No matter how long your roadtrip is, you want to be comfortable and preferably not bored. Each model has standard heated front seats and dual-zone air conditioning on the Premier trim. All three of these cars have you covered for infotainment, with the customizable Chevrolet MyLink system and smartphone connectivity. The Impala and Malibu offer eight-inch infotainment displays, while the Cruze has a more compact seven-inch display. “Not lost” is another great benchmark for your roadtrip. Meandering aimlessly is fun, but when somebody really needs the bathroom, it’s handy to have a good navigation system to boot up. A trial subscription to OnStar is included with any of these cars, and you can add OnStar Navigation to be sure you’ll never get too turned around. 4G Wi-fi is also available on all of these models, so you can stay connected wherever you are.
How often will you need to stop for gas? You road trip isn’t quite as fun and stress-free when the driver starts eyeballing that red fuel line. Luckily, these modern sedans all top 30 mpg on the highway. For maximum range, take the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze on an adventure. The Cruze has a new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine available that will take you up to 700 miles before it needs a fill-up. 52 mpg means that this new Cruze offers the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid or non-EV in America. Some people don’t like diesel, though, so the standard 1.4L gasoline engine will still take you 40 highway miles on one gallon. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu has a high-tech option as well: the 1.8L hybrid engine offers 49 mpg in the city and 43 on the highway. If a hybrid isn’t your style, the traditional gasoline engine still ekes out 33 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Chevrolet Impala offers more space and more power to haul it around, but it doesn’t get the same numbers from its gas. The standard 2.5L engine gets 30 mpg on the highway and 22 in town, while the 3.6L V6 trades a few mpg for 305 horsepower.
Since you’re going to spend time on the road, it’s important to make sure your car is both safe and capable. The Impala offers the most powerful engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its standard engine produces 195 horsepower, but the available 3.6L V6 makes 305. This V6 will take you from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and eat up a quarter mile in 14.9 seconds, so it has plenty of acceleration for passing on the highway. The Malibu’s turbocharged 1.5L engine produces less power at 163 hp, but the ECM-grade braking control makes it a better choice for hilly drives. ECM uses engine braking power to help prevent brake fade, so you have better control over your descent speed and cornering. And the Malibu will still get from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, covering a quarter mile in 16.4 seconds. The Cruze comes standard with a plucky 1.4L turbo engine that gives you 153 horsepower. The six-speed automatic sedan gets from zero to 60 in 7.6 seconds and completes a quarter mile in 15.9 seconds, while the six-speed manual hatchback takes 8.3 seconds to hit 60 mph, and 16.4 seconds to cover the quarter mile.
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala has a five-star NHTSA safety rating and lots of driver convenience features. The whole helpful suite is standard on the Impala’s Premier trim, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Brake Assist, and more. You can get most of these safety features on the high-end trims of the Cruze and the Malibu, too. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu also boasts a five-star safety rating, while the Cruze has an overall four-star safety rating. All of these models also come with Chevrolet’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system to help you keep control in poor weather conditions. If you’re looking ahead and worrying about your recent high school graduate taking a celebratory road trip, all three of these Chevrolet models has you covered. Chevrolet provides Teen Driver mode standard on each of these 2017 cars, so you can set some safety regulations and make sure everyone will wear their seatbelts. You can read more about Teen Driver mode and its safety features here.
Finally, we come to the price tag. Now’s the time to weigh all these pros and cons against the bottom line of the car you want. The Cruze starts at $16,975 for the base sedan with a six-speed manual transmission. If you want bells and whistles, or the hatchback configuration, you’ll start closer to $22,115, and the Turbo Diesel engine is only available starting at $24,670. The Malibu starts at $22,555, but the Hybrid is available for $28,750 with more standard and available comfort and convenience. The Impala comes in three trims, starting at $28,375 and coming in at $36,720 with all the safety and infotainment extras you could want. Any of these cars is super customizable, so you can find the perfect car to fit your road trip and your budget.
2017 Chevrolet Models For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
If you want to test drive any of these great options before you take one out on the road, come visit us in Forest Lake, MN. We have lots of Chevrolet models ready and waiting for the open road. If you have any questions about which model or trim is best for you, our sales team is super friendly and knowledgeable. They’ll answer any questions, and help you find the perfect car at the right price. Plus, all of our new cars come with our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. This warranty will help keep your new car in great shape and ready for many miles to come. Minnesota has lots of great scenic roads to start a fantastic summer road trip, so come visit us near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake soon!
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