2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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What's New for 2015:
  • Base \"L\" trim level
  • Trim level names are adjusted, as are standard equipment menus
  • Front end redesigned
  • WiFi hot-spot connectivity via OnStar
  • Other connectivity upgrades

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is a 4-door compact sedan that competes against models such as the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.

Models and Features
The 2015 Cruze is offered in the base L trim with manual transmission; in the LS, 1LT, and Eco trim levels with manual or automatic transmission; or the 2LT, LTZ, and Diesel trim levels with automatic transmission only. For the upper trim levels, the leather upholstery comes in black, dark brown, or light beige.

The Cruze L is the least expensive version; it and the LS trim feature the standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. Standard equipment on the Cruze L includes air conditioning, power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows with express-down for all, driver's seat-height adjuster, floor mats, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, along with OnStar telematics, CD player, auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, satellite radio, and 16-in. steel wheels with plastic wheel covers. The LS trim features satellite radio.

The Cruze 1LT upgrades to a 1.4-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, aluminum wheels, nicer exterior trim, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and extra interior storage. The Cruze 2LT steps up to 17-in. alloy wheels, leather seats, power driver's seat, heated front seats, and Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with audio streaming. Brakes and suspension components are also upgraded.

The Cruze Eco builds from the Cruze 1LT with a mild hybrid powertrain, Chevrolet MyLink connectivity and audio streaming, aerodynamic body enhancements including revised front styling and a rear spoiler, and lightweight polished 17-in. forged aluminum wheels. The manual-transmission version of the Eco features a slightly smaller fuel tank.

The Cruze Turbo Diesel builds from the Cruze 2LT package, although, as its name implies, it features a turbo-diesel engine and includes the Aero Performance package and rear spoiler from the Cruze Eco.

The Cruze LTZ (like the 2LT and the Diesel) eliminates the option of a manual transmission. It features fancier interior and exterior trim, automatic climate control, remote engine start, keyless access with push-button ignition, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, reverse camera, fog lights, and 18-in. alloy wheels.

Options and Packages
At the lower trim levels, most options for the 2015 Cruze are dealer-installed. At the upper levels, various option packages are available. The RS package (available for the LT and LTZ trim levels) gives the Cruze a sportier look, while an Enhanced Safety package (available for all but the L and LS trims) adds rear park-assist sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a side blind-zone warning system. The Cruze 1LT offers a Technology package and a Driver Convenience package, both of which include equipment that's standard on the Cruze LTZ.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze L and LS both feature a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 6-speed automatic available as an option on the LS. The LT, Eco, and LTZ trim levels feature a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that also generates 138 horsepower. The new 2015 Cruze Turbo Diesel is equipped with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 151 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 264 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,600 rpm.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze fuel-efficiency numbers are as follows:
  • Cruze with 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission: 22/35/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Cruze with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 25/36/29 mpg
  • Cruze with 1.4-liter engine and either transmission: 26/38/30 mpg
  • Cruze Turbo Diesel: 27/46/33 mpg
  • Cruze Eco with manual transmission: 28/42/33 mpg
  • Cruze Eco with automatic transmission: 26/39/31 mpg

Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze features no fewer than 10 air bags as standard equipment. Safety options include a reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a side blind-zone alert system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2015 Cruze a 5-star overall crash-test rating, the best possible, including 5 stars for frontal-impact and side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Cruze a \"Marginal\" score for small-overlap frontal-offset protection, but \"Good\" (its highest rating) for moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact, roof strength, and seat/head restraint protection.


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