2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy cabin and trunk
  • Comfort and quietness
  • Interior quality
  • Simple controls
  • Choice of engines and transmissions
  • Door lock button relocated to front doors

The Bad

  • Diesel acceleration
  • Diesel sacrifices spare tire
  • Hard surfaces on door panels
  • Drum rear brakes standard

Notable Features of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze

  • Minor front styling tweaks
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available efficient diesel engine
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter gas engines
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • High-mileage gas-engine Eco model

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze receives minor updates for 2015 including a restyled front end Chevrolet says is inspired by the Impala and Malibu. Mobile connectivity is hot for the 2015 Cruze, which now includes an actual hotspot with newly released 4G LTE high-speed internet along with a few other mobile updates. The interior is also reworked slightly with relocated buttons and switches for added convenience.
ExteriorThe Cruze's refreshed front styling is worn by LS, LT, RS and LTZ trim levels. Chevrolet says the dual-port front styling takes styling cues from the Impala and Malibu to give its sedan lineup a more cohesive look. New exterior and interior colors will be offered for 2015.
InteriorThe Cruze's has standard OnStar 4G LTE in-car internet with hotspot capabilities; like other OnStar services, it's a subscription-based service with a free trial to new owners.

Up to seven devices can be connected to the 4G connection that's 10 times faster than 3G. Chevrolet says its 4G LTE high-speed internet offers a stronger and broader coverage than smartphones using the same network. In-car applications for music, news, weather, travel and more from the Chevrolet AppShop will take advantage of the high-speed internet when they're launched down the road. The AppShop will only be available on MyLink-equipped Cruzes with the optional 7-inch touch-screen on higher trim levels.

The Cruze's mobile arena also features new capabilities allowing it to ...

Vehicle Overview

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze receives minor updates for 2015 including a restyled front end Chevrolet says is inspired by the Impala and Malibu. Mobile connectivity is hot for the 2015 Cruze, which now includes an actual hotspot with newly released 4G LTE high-speed internet along with a few other mobile updates. The interior is also reworked slightly with relocated buttons and switches for added convenience.
ExteriorThe Cruze's refreshed front styling is worn by LS, LT, RS and LTZ trim levels. Chevrolet says the dual-port front styling takes styling cues from the Impala and Malibu to give its sedan lineup a more cohesive look. New exterior and interior colors will be offered for 2015.
InteriorThe Cruze's has standard OnStar 4G LTE in-car internet with hotspot capabilities; like other OnStar services, it's a subscription-based service with a free trial to new owners.

Up to seven devices can be connected to the 4G connection that's 10 times faster than 3G. Chevrolet says its 4G LTE high-speed internet offers a stronger and broader coverage than smartphones using the same network. In-car applications for music, news, weather, travel and more from the Chevrolet AppShop will take advantage of the high-speed internet when they're launched down the road. The AppShop will only be available on MyLink-equipped Cruzes with the optional 7-inch touch-screen on higher trim levels.

The Cruze's mobile arena also features new capabilities allowing it to read incoming text messages over the car's speakers when a compatible phone is paired with the Cruze's Bluetooth. Called Text Message Alerts, this type of connectivity is a trendy feature across all types of new cars. IPhone users have an updated Siri Eyes Free for iOS6 and iOS 7 providing integrated voice-recognition commands for calls and text messages.

Physical changes to the interior include revised cupholders for easier removal and insertion of cups, while the door lock switches move from the center console to the more traditional location on the front doors, and the trunk release is relocated to the center console.

Under the hoodEngines and transmissions carry over for 2015. The Cruze Eco with turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine is rated up to 42 mpg highway, while the Cruze Diesel has ratings of 46 mpg highway and a driving range of up to 717 miles on a tank of diesel. The base engine remains a 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 36 mpg highway.
SafetyThe Cruze features 10 standard air bags, including side-impact and knee airbags for front passengers. The Cruze offers a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist and a backup camera.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

One Week Owner

by Nadine from SAGINAW on September 12, 2018

I didn't have much "needs to have" in a car. But this one is great. Roomy and comfortable seats. We went on a 2 hour trip and it was great. Read full review

(2.0)

Not sure if it?s just my car or the dealership

by Tasha from OHIO on August 27, 2018

I have had my 2015 Cruze since November 2016, since then I have had the water pump replaced, the thermostat, the water housing, and the water pump again! This car is not worth what I?m paying! The ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cruze received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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