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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Review

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

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Fuel-efficient engine options
  • Spacious trunk
  • Cramped back seats

New for 2015

 

  • Refreshed exterior styling for all but base trim
  • Available Wi-Fi hot spot and Siri Eyes Free
  • Final model year before redesign

 

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze a Good Used Car?

The Chevy Cruze is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. It has a quiet cabin, a smooth and sure-footed ride, good fuel efficiency, and ample trunk space. Factor in good safety and reliability scores and lower-than-average used car prices, and the Cruze becomes a solid pick in this class. That said, its rear seats aren’t as comfortable as those of top competitors.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Performance and Interior

The Chevrolet Cruze is available with one of two four-cylinder gas engines. Each provides 138 horsepower. Cruze LS models receive a 1.8-liter engine, while the LT, Eco, and LTZ trims are equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. Both zip the Cruze up to speed swiftly, but the turbo feels more muscular and yields better passing power. The Cruze is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The manual transmission is well-mannered, while the automatic is often hesitant to downshift. Fuel economy ranges from 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway (LS trim, automatic transmission) to 28 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway (Eco trim, manual transmission).

A third option – the Cruze Diesel – has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine with 151 horsepower and a quicker shifting six-speed automatic. The diesel engine accelerates briskly yet still returns an efficient 27/44 mpg city/highway. Regardless of engine, all Cruze sedans ride smoothly over uneven pavement and feel stable through turns. The brakes offer confident stopping power.

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The Chevrolet Cruze seats five and boasts a crisply designed interior, even though many of the dashboard materials are hard plastics. The cabin is quiet at highway speeds and lets in very little wind noise, which is uncommon in the compact car class. The Cruze’s front seats are comfortable and nicely contoured, and they provide good seating space. In contrast, the rear seats feel cramped, and the seating position isn’t ideal. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated leather seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child safety seats.

Chevy equips all 2015 Cruze sedans with Bluetooth, keyless entry, and air conditioning. Available features include a 7-inch MyLink touch screen with Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, navigation, a remote car starter, and a sunroof. 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.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Prices

The price of a used 2015 Chevy Cruze ranges from about $11,200 for Cruze LS models to about $16,000 for Cruze Diesel sedans. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We’ve researched 77 reviews of the Chevrolet Cruze, as well as hard data points like safety scores and the total cost of ownership, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

The Chevrolet Cruze has above-average predicted reliability, earning a score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This score tops competitors like the Hyundai Elantra and Subaru Impreza, but it falls short of popular compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

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How Safe Is the Cruze?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Chevy Cruze the highest rating of Good in all crash tests but one (it received a Marginal rating for small overlap front crash safety). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Chevrolet a perfect five-star rating overall and in all crash tests except rollover safety, in which it earned four stars.

Chevy offers a rearview camera in all but the base Cruze LS model. An Enhanced Safety package is also available in all other trims. It includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cruze?

The 2015 Chevy Cruze marks the fifth and final model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Updates for 2015 include lightly revised exterior styling, Siri Eyes Free integration, and a Wi-Fi hot spot through OnStar. The car was otherwise unchanged, so you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at a much lower price.

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Which Used Chevrolet Cruze Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet offers the 2015 Cruze in six trim levels: LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, LTZ, and Diesel. The base Chevrolet Cruze LS trim has satellite radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB input, OnStar with Wi-Fi connectivity, air conditioning, and keyless entry. The Cruze 1LT adds a turbocharged engine and cruise control. The Cruze Eco adds a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The Cruze 2LT adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and remote start. The Chevrolet Cruze LTZ adds a rearview camera. The Cruze Diesel adds a turbodiesel engine.

You may also want to shop for a certified pre-owned Cruze. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Honda Civic is an excellent buy if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The Honda tops the Cruze with a far more upscale interior, comfier rear seats, and a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. Each car impresses with composed handling and strong fuel economy. The catch is that the Cruze has a better blind spot monitoring system, simpler infotainment controls, and a much lower price tag. In the end, both cars are great options.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze or 2015 Mazda3?

The 2015 Mazda3 is another great alternative. The Mazda can’t quite match the Cruze’s reliability rating or lower-than-average prices, but it offers much sportier handling, sleeker styling inside and out, and the practicality of a hatchback option. The Mazda3 also offers some of the most advanced safety features in its class.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze or 2015 Ford Focus?

The 2015 Ford Focus may have a premium interior and athletic handling, but it’s hard to recommend over competitors – including the Chevy Cruze. The Focus has a poor predicted reliability rating, little rear-seat legroom, and a frustrating infotainment system.

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