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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze ranks in the top third of the compact car class thanks to its comfortable ride, upscale interior, user-friendly tech features, and sizable trunk.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Fuel-efficient available engines
  • Spacious trunk in nondiesel models
  • Cramped back seats

New for 2015

  • Refreshed exterior styling for all but base trim
  • Available Wi-Fi hot spot and Siri Eyes Free




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze a Good Used Car?

The Chevy Cruze is a good compact car. It has a quiet cabin, a smooth ride, and impressive fuel efficiency. Factor in confidence-inspiring safety scores and below-average used car prices, and the Cruze is a solid pick in this class. That said, its rear seats aren’t as comfortable as those of top competitors.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 81 professional evaluations for this 2015 Chevy Cruze review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

Based on over 1,400 listings, prices for the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze range from about $10,000 to roughly $15,500. The average price is about $12,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze are estimated to be about $24,685. That’s above average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cruze?

Prices for the 2019 Cruze start at $17,995, which is higher than the price range for a used 2015 Cruze. The 2019 model is part of the latest generation of the Cruze. These models have fresher exterior styling and improved fuel economy, and they have more standard equipment, such as a turbocharged engine and a rearview camera. Unlike the 2015 Cruze, the 2019 is not available with a manual transmission. You’re better off shopping for a fully loaded 2015 model, which has a lower price and more features than a base 2019 Cruze.

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a new compact car for the same price as a 2015 Cruze. However, there are two highly ranked new subcompact cars worth considering. The 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Ford Fiesta both start around $14,000. These cars feel more engaging to drive than the Cruze, and they have infotainment systems that are more intuitive. While all three models have similar legroom up front, the Fiesta and Rio have less rear legroom than the already cramped Cruze.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Cruze Is Best?

Chevy redesigned the Cruze for 2016, ending a generation that spanned the 2011 through 2015 model years. For 2015, the Cruze received available Siri Eyes Free integration, a standard Wi-Fi hot spot, and lightly revised exterior styling for all but the base trim. The Cruze was otherwise unchanged from previous model years, so you may find a similarly equipped 2014 model at a much lower price.

If it’s in your budget, you might consider the 2016 Cruze, though. It has a fresher design, a standard rearview camera, and a more fuel-efficient and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

J.D. Power gives the Cruze a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Cruze has four open recalls. In some models, the ignition can be removed when the vehicle isn't in park, increasing the chance of the car rolling away when occupants exit. Another involves improperly tightened seat-belt bolts, and a third recall is for steering gear that was not tightened to specification. The fourth recall deals with parking brake brackets that may separate. Make sure these recalls are fixed by the dealer before buying a 2015 Cruze.

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Which Used Chevrolet Cruze Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Cruze is available in six trim levels: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, LTZ, and Diesel. The base Chevrolet Cruze LS trim is well-equipped, making it a good choice for most buyers. It comes with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and keyless entry.

The 1LT upgrades to a turbocharged engine and adds cruise control. The Cruze Eco adds a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The Cruze 2LT builds on the 1LT with amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and remote start. The LTZ adds a rearview camera, and the Cruze Diesel comes with a turbodiesel engine.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Cruze?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Chevy Cruze the highest rating of Good in all crash tests but one – it received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Cruze a perfect five-star rating in all crash tests except rollover safety, in which it earned four out of five stars.

A rearview camera is available in all but the base Cruze LS model. Available for all but the base trim, the Enhanced Safety package includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze or 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic is an excellent alternative to the 2015 Cruze. Both cars offer composed handling and strong fuel economy. Though the Honda's infotainment controls are less straightforward than the Chevy's, the Civic has an upscale interior and comfier rear seats. Both vehicles are good choices, but the Cruze costs less to buy than the Civic.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze or 2015 Mazda Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 has sportier handling, sleeker interior styling, and more available safety features than the Cruze. Though the Mazda3 has a higher average price than the Cruze, the Chevy's predicted operating costs are about $3,500 higher than the Mazda3’s. In this comparison, the Mazda is the one to buy.

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2015 Cruze Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Drive?

The Chevrolet Cruze has two available 138-horsepower four-cylinder gas engines. Cruze LS models have a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. The LT, Eco, and LTZ trims are equipped with a peppier engine, which has better fuel economy. A third option, the Cruze Diesel, has a 151-horsepower turbodiesel engine. The Cruze is available with either a well-mannered six-speed manual or a slow-to-downshift six-speed automatic.

All Cruze sedans have quick acceleration regardless of the engine. The Cruze also rides smoothly over uneven pavement, and feels stable through turns.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy ranges from 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway in the automatic-equipped LS trim, to 28/40 mpg city/highway with the Eco trim and the manual transmission. The diesel engine returns 27/44 mpg.

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2015 Cruze Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cruze Seat?

The Cruze seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats are available. The Cruze's front seats are spacious and supportive, though some might find them a bit narrow. There is sufficient rear-seat space, though taller passengers may not be very comfortable in the back seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

Each of the two rear outboard seats in the Cruze has a full set of LATCH connectors for securing a child safety seats, and the middle seat has a tether connection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cruze its second-highest rating of Acceptable, citing anchors that are buried too deep in the seats.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Features

All 2015 Cruze sedans are equipped with a six-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, a CD player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include remote start, a sunroof, the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and navigation. The Cruze’s dashboard has a straightforward button layout, and the available touch screen has simple menus. However, the screen is occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Dimensions

Chevrolet Cruze Cargo Space

The 2015 Cruze has 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which is outstanding for the class. Diesel models have 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class.

2015 Cruze Length and Weight

The 2015 Cruze is 15.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,011 to 3,475 pounds, depending on how it’s equipped.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Built?

Chevrolet manufactured the 2015 Cruze in Ohio.


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