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So, this is coming from someone who has put 200K+ miles on a 2014 Diesel, so it's pretty much a direct comparison. I found an LT with the leather package and the sun/sound package on it, MSRP was $29K-ish.

I will just list off my impressions as I think of them.

Pros:
- Nice smelling leather, smells much more like a luxury car than the leather in my Cruze did when new.
- Better weighted steering.
- Even more supple ride than mine.
- Maybe slightly quieter on the highway.
- Has a very solid feel, even moreso than mine.
- Has a spare tire.
- Bigger trunk.
- DEF fill is next to the fuel fill.
- Very good Bose sound system.
- Softer leather and seats are at least as comfortable as mine.
- Acceleration is very comparable to mine, despite lower HP/TQ.

Cons:
- Sun visors do not extend - big gap between middle of window and pillar
- Lots of glare from the trim around the mylink screen and no easy way to easily block it (I just set my wallet there on my car and it blocks the glare). Same with air vent trim.
- (minor) No inside handle to close trunk.

General comments:
- You can still very much tell it's a diesel, but it is quieter.
- Lots of shifting from the 9 speed auto.
- Transmission (auto) can be a little jerky, just like mine.
- Seems to shift sooner under WOT.
- Tungsten color is very nice.

It wasn't enough for me to buy it on the spot, but I am pretty sure at some point I will want one of these - most likely with the manual. It's overall very well executed car, much like mine. I am impressed by the incremental improvements, but there are some misses.
 

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So, this is coming from someone who has put 200K+ miles on a 2014 Diesel, so it's pretty much a direct comparison. I found an LT with the leather package and the sun/sound package on it, MSRP was $29K-ish.

I will just list off my impressions as I think of them.

Pros:
- Nice smelling leather, smells much more like a luxury car than the leather in my Cruze did when new.
- Better weighted steering.
- Even more supple ride than mine.
- Maybe slightly quieter on the highway.
- Has a very solid feel, even moreso than mine.
- Has a spare tire.
- Bigger trunk.
- DEF fill is next to the fuel fill.
- Very good Bose sound system.
- Softer leather and seats are at least as comfortable as mine.
- Acceleration is very comparable to mine, despite lower HP/TQ.

Cons:
- Sun visors do not extend - big gap between middle of window and pillar
- Lots of glare from the trim around the mylink screen and no east way to easily block it (I just set my wllet there on my car and it blocks the glare). Same with air vent trim.
- (minor) No inside handle to close trunk.

General comments:
- You can still very much tell it's a diesel, but it is quieter.
- Lots of shifting from the 9 speed auto.
- Transmission (auto) can be a little jerky, just like mine.
- Seems to shift sooner under WOT.
- Tungsten color is very nice.

It wasn't enough for me to buy it on the spot, but I am pretty sure at some point I will want one of these - most likely with the manual. It's overall very well executed car, much like mine. I am impressed by the incremental improvements, but there are some misses.
Do you know if this will be available as a Hatch w/manual and what trim levels they will offer or will it just be the ECO?
 

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Do you know if this will be available as a Hatch w/manual and what trim levels they will offer or will it just be the ECO?
Only LT sedan for 2017, and moves to all trims, as well as the hatch for 2018. Not sure about the Premier, but all the trims will have either the auto or the manual.
 
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So, this is coming from someone who has put 200K+ miles on a 2014 Diesel, so it's pretty much a direct comparison. I found an LT with the leather package and the sun/sound package on it, MSRP was $29K-ish.

I will just list off my impressions as I think of them.

Pros:
- Nice smelling leather, smells much more like a luxury car than the leather in my Cruze did when new.
- Better weighted steering.
- Even more supple ride than mine.
- Maybe slightly quieter on the highway.
- Has a very solid feel, even moreso than mine.
- Has a spare tire.
- Bigger trunk.
- DEF fill is next to the fuel fill.
- Very good Bose sound system.
- Softer leather and seats are at least as comfortable as mine.
- Acceleration is very comparable to mine, despite lower HP/TQ.

Cons:
- Sun visors do not extend - big gap between middle of window and pillar
- Lots of glare from the trim around the mylink screen and no east way to easily block it (I just set my wllet there on my car and it blocks the glare). Same with air vent trim.
- (minor) No inside handle to close trunk.

General comments:
- You can still very much tell it's a diesel, but it is quieter.
- Lots of shifting from the 9 speed auto.
- Transmission (auto) can be a little jerky, just like mine.
- Seems to shift sooner under WOT.
- Tungsten color is very nice.

It wasn't enough for me to buy it on the spot, but I am pretty sure at some point I will want one of these - most likely with the manual. It's overall very well executed car, much like mine. I am impressed by the incremental improvements, but there are some misses.
Any comment on the start stop? I think the diesel auto has that.
 

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Any comment on the start stop? I think the diesel auto has that.
That's a bad thing to have on a diesel engine, I hope it doesn't. A diesel engine needs to just stay running for it to be efficient and last long.
 

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- Sun visors do not extend - big gap between middle of window and pillar
I wonder if that's a trim thing. A higher trim will get you better sun visors.


- Lots of glare from the trim around the mylink screen and no east way to easily block it (I just set my wllet there on my car and it blocks the glare). Same with air vent trim.
Sounds manageable with some customization. I also wonder if you had just the wrong conditions. There's times when the chrome rings on my 1Gen instrument gauge will create glare problems, but it's rare.
 

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Any comment on the start stop? I think the diesel auto has that.
It did not do that on my test drive. I am not sure if that means the car didn't have it, or my test drive didn't create the right conditions for it to stop. My first question would have been "how do you turn it off?

I wonder if that's a trim thing. A higher trim will get you better sun visors.



Sounds manageable with some customization. I also wonder if you had just the wrong conditions. There's times when the chrome rings on my 1Gen instrument gauge will create glare problems, but it's rare.
I suppose both of these are easily remediable. Just replace the visor and remove/repaint the trim. My eyes are pretty sensitive to that sort of thing.
 

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Only LT sedan for 2017, and moves to all trims, as well as the hatch for 2018. Not sure about the Premier, but all the trims will have either the auto or the manual.
Still not confirmed.

Just a heads up for you guys, the manual drives like the manual hatch. weird clutch and poor throttle map.
 

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Still not confirmed.

Just a heads up for you guys, the manual drives like the manual hatch. weird clutch and poor throttle map.
That is dissapointing. So get the 9-speed then?

Considering I'll want the Premier anyway, I'd probably end up with a 9-speed anyway.
 

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That is dissapointing. So get the 9-speed then?

Considering I'll want the Premier anyway, I'd probably end up with a 9-speed anyway.
I have a manual and i got my girlfriend an automatic. Having driven both stock, the automatic drives better. That being said, with just a map adjustment tune the manual is better.
 

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I can't wait to get my hands on a manual diesel. There is still just the one diesel withing a 100 mile radius of me at this time.
 

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The manual diesel should be all kinds of fun with a tune. Curious though how much tq the clutch will handle
 

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The manual diesel should be all kinds of fun with a tune. Curious though how much tq the clutch will handle
I would expect not much more than stock. Seems to be the case these days.
 

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That is dissapointing. So get the 9-speed then?

Considering I'll want the Premier anyway, I'd probably end up with a 9-speed anyway.
What is sad is that in Canada, even when you order a fully equiped Premier diesel that cost 30k, you're still on 16" wheels. If you go for a Gas 1.4, you're on 18".
 

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My 2014 ctd was $27500 and came with 17" wheels.
 

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For everyone with the 2nd gen cruze sedan and you don't have the handle in the trunk, guess what you can buy it. If you look up the parts for the car it shows up. It even has the spot for it in the trunk. I just installed it in mine this weekend. You have to figure out the correct spots for holes through the trunk cover. Here are the parts: one of part number 95460708, 2 each of these next two part numbers 11609952 and 11589012.

Not sure why its not included with the car when its available on any gm parts site.
 

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I just read the 9sp auto is start/stop on the diesel. The 6 sp manual apparently does not have start/stop.
 

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For everyone with the 2nd gen cruze sedan and you don't have the handle in the trunk, guess what you can buy it. If you look up the parts for the car it shows up. It even has the spot for it in the trunk. I just installed it in mine this weekend. You have to figure out the correct spots for holes through the trunk cover. Here are the parts: one of part number 95460708, 2 each of these next two part numbers 11609952 and 11589012.

Not sure why its not included with the car when its available on any gm parts site.
Interesting. Mine has one. I thought the LT did too.
 
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