What Is It?
2015 Chevrolet Cruze
What's New About This Model?
With an all-new version of Chevy's popular compact car expected for 2016, the brand is lightly updating the Cruze for 2015 with a mild (make that very mild) grille makeover, while the interior gets revised cupholders and window switches relocated from the center console to the doors. In-car connectivity is upgraded in the form of text message alerts, an available 4G LTE hotspot and Apple Siri integration.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Chevrolet said the 2015 Cruze goes on sale this fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
Don't expect much of a change from today's Cruze pricing that starts at just more than $18,000, although the optional 4G LTE hotspot will cost extra and require a monthly access fee.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will come only as a four-door sedan and continue with LS, LT, RS and LTZ trim levels, but the lineup also includes the fuel-sipping Eco and Diesel models.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder: 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque
• 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 138 hp, 148 lb-ft of torque
• 2-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder: 151 hp, 264 lb-ft of torque.
• Six-speed manual transmissions standard for the two gasoline engines, with a six-speed automatic optional for the gasoline 1.4-liter and standard for the diesel.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The new-for-2015 4G LTE hotspot makes the Cruze one of the few non-luxury small cars to offer the feature and GM is similarly quickly integrating text message alerts and Siri Eyes Free voice-control capabilities throughout its model ranges.
Apart from Volkswagen, Chevrolet is the only brand to offer the option of a diesel engine in a compact car. The Cruze diesel delivers up a plump 47 miles per gallon rating on the highway.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
All 2015 Chevrolet Cruze models come with stability control, antilock brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and front and rear side-impact airbags as standard. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking and stolen-vehicle assistance.
A rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system are optional for all Cruzes except the LS.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Focus: A fine-handling, well-packaged small car with the additional attraction of both sedan and hatchback body styles, the Focus also is being restyled (inside and out) for 2015.
Honda Civic: Thanks to the versatility of sedan and coupe body styles and a variety of engine choices — all of them delightfully frugal — the Civic remains an "A"-rated vehicle by Edmunds.com and one of the most enduring small-car benchmarks.
Mazda 3: The undisputed hot rod of the small-car segment, the new-generation Mazda also rides better and is more refined than its predecessors, while it, too, offers the choice of sedan or hatchback body styles.
Should You Wait for It?
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is something of a placeholder until a completely redesigned Cruze comes in 2016, but for now, the Cruze remains pretty much a can't-go-wrong choice, particularly if its new connectivity features are important to you.