Changes for the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze:
Chevy updates the Cruze’s styling, in the process spending money it didn’t need to, especially since a redesigned Cruze is likely to arrive by 2017. What makes sense is new OnStar 4G LTE service with a Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free technology, and a Text Message Alert system. Also new: LED running lights, new paint colors, and interior revisions.
The 2015 Chevy Cruze lineup continues to offer LS, LT, 2LT, LTZ, Eco, and Diesel models, some of which can be optioned with a racy-looking RS Package.
Engines and Transmissions:
There are three different engines offered for the 2015 Cruze. The LS model features a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. So do the LT, 2LT, LTZ, and Eco models, but the difference is that in these versions of the Cruze the engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes its power, and greater torque, at lower rpm, resulting in a car that feels more responsive.
With either engine, a 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, unless you’re getting the Cruze 2LT or the Cruze LTZ. Those versions get a 6-speed automatic. Cruze Eco models come with either transmission, and get aerodynamic tweaks and other modifications in order to eke out higher fuel economy ratings.
Of course, if you want a fuel-efficient Cruze, look no further than the Diesel model. Not only is this the most powerful version of the car, thanks to 151 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but it’s also the thriftiest model, boasting up to 46 mpg on the highway.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, the Cruze Diesel is expected to average 33 mpg, while the Cruze Eco gets 31 mpg to 33 mpg, depending on transmission choice. The mainstream, turbocharged LT, 2LT and LTZ models average 30 mpg in combined driving, while the Cruze LS returns between 27 mpg and 29 mpg, depending on transmission choice.
The 2015 Cruze is structurally identical to the 2014 Cruze, which received a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA and earned top ratings of “Good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in all tests except the small overlap frontal-impact assessment. That test produced a “Marginal” rating.
This year, Chevrolet upgrades the Cruze’s standard OnStar services package, adding natural voice recognition and 4G LTE connectivity that turns the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The Internet service is free for the first three months or 3GB of data usage, while other OnStar programs are available without a subscription for the first six months of ownership. They include Automatic Crash Response, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and more.
Choose the Cruze 2LT, LTZ, or Diesel, and the car features a standard Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming, natural voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free capability, Text Message Alert technology, access to Internet radio, and more. MyLink can be upgraded with a navigation system.
Optional safety features include a reversing camera, rear parking assist sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a blind spot warning system.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
August 25, 2014
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