By Joe Bruzek on April 19, 2014
The 2015 Cruze's mild restyle features updates up front that shares elements with other Chevrolet products to create a more cohesive brand image among Chevrolet sedans.
On the 2015 Cruze this includes a grille similar to the Chevrolet Malibu and new lower front styling with available LED running lights like the Chevrolet Impala.
What you see in photos is what you get in person. There aren't any tricks going from digital to physical, and the changes are just as subtle in person as they are in photos. The lower styling treatment is a little more aggressive and adds flare, but I don't think the grille and new bodywork create a very complete look like they do separately on the Impala and Malibu.
The inside changes are mostly tech additions with OnStar 4G LTE in-car high-speed internet with hotspot capabilities, in-car applications with an optional 7-inch touch-screen and text message alerts; all of which sound like promising additions for the tech-savvy younger audience the Cruze is bringing into Chevrolet showrooms.
Hardware changes are minimal and include revised cupholders said to increase ease of use, but the relocated door lock switch that was supposed to move from the center console to the door hadn't made it to the pre-production version we inspected on the floor of the 2014 New York International Auto Show; the one shown still had the door locks on the center console.
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Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe