The Chevy Cruze has been rated as one of the ten best used compact cars available for under $15,000 USD by the experts over at Kelley Blue Book.
KBB’s new list of the 10 Best Used Compact Cars Under $15k aims to identify the compact cars that represent the best value for money on the second-hand market. The 2017 model year Chevy Cruze was ranked tenth on the list, with KBB praising the vehicle’s spacious cabin and available diesel engine.
“The Chevrolet Cruze has a roomy interior with comfortable seats that make it great for long trips,” KBB’s editors said. “It’s a fuel-efficient compact car, especially with the diesel engine and its 700-mile range. It also has good available safety features including forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.”
According to KBB’s online valuation tool, a fair market price for a used 2017 Chevy Cruze LT sedan with around 60,000 miles on the odometer ranges from $13,126 to $15,579. The typical listing price for a low-mileage 2017 Chevy Cruze is about $15,024.
The 2017MY Chevy Cruze came standard with GM’s turbocharged 1.4L LE2 four-cylinder engine, while the 1.6L LH7 turbodiesel four-cylinder was available as an optional extra. The diesel engine was particularly efficient, receiving an EPA-certified highway fuel economy rating of 52 MPG. Like the standard gas engine, the 1.6L diesel was available with both a six-speed manual transmission as well as a six-speed automatic.
KBB says the 2016 Toyota Corolla represents the best overall value for money for a compact car on the second-hand market due to its good build quality and fuel efficient engines. The 2015 Honda Civic was second on its top ten list, followed by the 2018 Hyundai Elantra in third.
GM abandoned the compact car segment altogether when it pulled the plug on the Chevy Cruze back in 2019. While it no longer offers a compact sedan or hatchback, customers looking for a smaller, budget-friendly GM product can still find one in the way of the Chevy Trax crossover, as well as the slightly larger Chevy Trailblazer.