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2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

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What’s New for the 2015 Chevy Cruze?

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

2015 Chevrolet Cruze. ©GM

Quite a lot, actually! For 2015, the Cruze received a design tweak on its front end to bring it more in-line with other Chevy models. Additionally, Chevy is adding 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity via OnStar, which will allow passengers to stay connected while on-the-go.

Additionally, the 2015 Chevy Cruze gets Siri Eyes Free—a smartphone feature that lets you text, make calls, and perform other tasks on your phone without taking your eyes off the road.

2015 Chevy Cruze Exterior

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

On the outside, the Chevy Cruze looks like exactly what you’d think: a compact sedan. Not the car to buy if you’re looking to stand out, but the perfect car if you’re looking for something reliable and efficient. Now that the Cruze’s design has been refreshed to match more closely the appearance of the Impala and Malibu, it’s definitely more enjoyable to look at than previous models.

2015 Chevy Cruze Performance

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

Unlike many compact sedans, the 2015 Chevy Cruze is offered with three engine choices: A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine pumps out 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine good for 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that boasts 151 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Both gas engines come with a choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The Cruze is the first passenger car in which Chevy has offered a diesel engine, and judging by its success, it won’t be the last.

2015 Chevy Cruze Efficiency

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

Efficiency is the name of the game for the 2015 Cruze. The base 1.8-liter engine has an EPA-estimated efficiency rating of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway when paired with the manual transmission, and 22/35 mpg with the automatic transmission.

The turbocharged gasoline engine gains some points in the efficiency arena, offering 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with both the manual and automatic transmissions. When the car is in eco mode, those numbers rise to 28/42 mpg in the manual, and 26/39 mpg in the automatic.

It’s the Cruze’s diesel engine that’s the real superstar of efficiency. The EPA has rated this model at 27 mpg city and 46 mpg highway, which puts it on par with many hybrid engine choices.

2015 Chevy Cruze Interior

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

Inside , the 2015 Cruze is snug yet comfortable. Standard features in the base LS trim include air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar, and a six-speaker audio system that includes satellite radio. Upgrading to the 1LT adds cruise control—a must for many drivers.

If you add the Technology Package to the 1LT, you’ll also get a rearview camera and Chevrolet MyLink infotainment. The Driver Convenience Package includes heated side mirrors, a six-way power driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2LT sub-trim is available with the same features as the 1LT, but with added extras like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual illuminated visor mirrors.

Finally, the LTZ package offers all the items in the Driver and Convenience packages as standard features. Additionally, this trim level benefits from automatic climate control and premium interior trim.

2015 Chevy Cruze Safety

2015 Chevy Cruze Overview

The 2015 Chevy Cruze is packed with the latest safety technology which helped it earn a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This technology includes front knee airbags, rear side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, stability control, and antilock brakes. Each model also comes standard with GM’s OnStar, which has on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, and stolen-vehicle assistance.

Additionally, all but the base LS model get a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.