The Cruze is a solid and substantial-feeling compact car. Its taut, steady and controlled ride makes it one of the smoothest of the small sedans. Inside, it's also one of the quietest small sedans we'd tested. While gasoline-powered models have lackluster fuel economy, an efficient turbodiesel engine is also available. Inside, the nicely-finished cabin offers roomy front seats.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Cruze is a solid and substantial-feeling compact car. Its taut, steady and controlled ride makes it one of the smoothest of the small sedans. Inside, it's also one of the quietest small sedans we'd tested. While gasoline-powered models have lackluster fuel economy, an efficient turbodiesel engine is also available.

Inside, the nicely-finished cabin offers roomy front seats. Taller drivers have plenty of space up front, but the Cruze is very tight in the rear. Upright styling provides good driver visibility and controls are mostly easy to use. The Cruze also handles well overall, with decent steering feedback.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (138 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (151 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Cruze owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"my sunroof had a crack in the housing where it drains and caused all the water to leak into the floor board of the rear passenger seat....I had not known this was happening since usually no one is in the back seat. I smelled mildew for months and finally went to grab a towel off the floor and realized it was soaking wet and took it to dealer to find the leak."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bought car at 39000 miles in Winter. By that summer, 3 months later, it developed a severe water leak and the issue turned out to be a defective water pump. The good news is that the dealer stood by the GM Genuine Pre-Owned Car Warranty and replaced the water pump with no hassle. To me it was an anomaly that a water pump went with so few miles on it (about 45000). But again, the dealer honored the warranty and replaced it at no cost."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

"Water pump failed"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak in the water pump. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump was replaced in 2018 due to severe leaks and engine overheating. Then last year, it failed again had to be replaced (again, under warranty), but it was a major inconvenience and could have resulted in catastrophe if the engine had seized. Due to the overheating, the oil had to be changed also. This is two water pump replacements in just over a year."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver side door weather stripping is worn out from getting into and out of car. Bad design and does not hold up."

Chris A., NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"A/C and Heater fan squeaks and chirps. It is very annoying."

Chris A., NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"a vibration around 1800 rpm ,had it looked at twice couldn't solve problem"

Steven P., NS (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"It is leaking antifreeze into oil"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The anti freeze leaks started approximately two yeas ago. We have had to put the car ins shop three times for the problem since."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Coolant reservoir was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Water pump failed along with the thermostat. Had them replaced by a mechanic other than CHEVROLET since I assume they were not covered by warranty, since vehicle was beyond 36,000 miles and three years. After finding out otherwise GMC would not reimburse my cost."

Lonnie B., FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump had a leak. Had to replace water pump."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump started to leak. Leaked on to the belt. The thermostat is another high failure on this engine so had it proactively replaced at the same time."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump froze up"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Thr Chevrolet had three recalls on the emissions system all of which were repaired under warranty at no cost"

Guy U., CT (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Leak near evaporative emissions canister caused lean run condition and check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is a diesel Cruze. I love driving it, but I've had the engine light come on several times, usually in winter. Right now the engine light is on and a part has been ordered. I don't know what the bill will be, but last time it was over $300."

Joan L., IN (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"NOx sensor faulty - now subject to recall/ warranty extension. EGT sensor failed at 23000"

Paul S., CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Also included electronic stability control disabling. I researched the problem online and found numerous similar problems by other consumers. Caused by loose wiring on battery ground cable. Dealer advised that was the problem and replaced cable. No recall; had to pay $130.00"

Michael S., ND (2015 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heater controls worked but operations not shown on screen"

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"radio @ navigation would shut off at times then turn back on after @ fue seconds"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS system was directing me to go places other than where I programmed it to go and kept changing the destination as I was driving. Problem was resolved by a reset at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"CHEVROLET seems to have a perennial problem with premature brake wear in all the CHEVROLET products we have owned. This can add up over time. We took our first out-of-town trip with the car (2.5 hours away) after owning it for just a month, and purchasing it GM Certified Pre-Owned and the brakes began pulsating terribly going down a hill, warping the rotors. Still working on trying to get them taken care of within GM Certified PreOwned warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)
Rotors

"After only one month of owning the car, and first out-of-town trip, 2.5 hours away, we experienced severe pulsating of the brakes due to warping rotors while going down a hill. This should not have happened to a GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. We are still trying to get GM and the dealer to take responsibility for this premature brake/rotor wear."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

"Car only had 39000 when we purchased it from a dealer. Within less than a month of driving (about 500 miles) the front brakes began pulsating signifying a warped brake rotor situation. It has worsened over time. From owning multiple small to medium size Chevrolet products, warped rotors seem to be a continuing problem with all the models I have owned. This model is no exception and it developed warped brake rotors within a very short time of owning it/purchasing it. I think Chevrolet must use inferior parts for brake rotors as this seems to be a regular problem with their cars."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a leaky battery cell, did not affect operation, but needed to have deposit cleaned every couple months. Battery was replaced last month."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"car would not start 3 times. Once it was towed in and they had it 3 days. Then it started and they do not know why."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Developed a vacuum leak in valve cover resulting in oil being sucked into cylinders and creating massive clouds of smoke and hesitation. This was covered by the warranty."

Lonnie B., FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I smelled something burning and told the dealership when I had the next oil change. It was an oil leak in 3 different locations. Thank God it was still under warranty or would have cost me over $1,000."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed an oil leak, took to dealer service. Replaced and tightened gaskets under warranty."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The marker lights on the front bumper cover fall out easily."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The computer wasn't communicating with heating sensor"

Tiffany P., NS (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

";Slow leak but not fround cause! Kept showing in monitor unbalance pressure until it went out by itself"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Would only blow hot air - 3 different times, after being repaired. It would be a different part each time."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower/fan motor is very slow to heat the vehicle. Not quick enough to heat, very uneven heating ie, hot in the front of car while passengers await warmth."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"The heater is ery slow to heat, the dials and screen are confusing and distracting to the driver."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The car overheated and was found that the head was warped and allowing coolant to enter number 1 cylinder. The turbo charger had to be replaced about 2 months before. i think i may have caused the issue with the head."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"problem wth turbo 2 times making the engine to hesitate."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"right axle seal leak"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The sensors went out completely. Before I could get it in for repair all exterior sensors went out and had to have it towed in to dealer. Dealer said one side of blind spot warning system needed to be replaced. Dealer said rest of systems went out and car would not start because battery on keyless key fobs needed to be replaced. Within month the other side blind spot warning detector went out and dealer replaced that one."

Alan H., MI (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed while driving on highway. Required a completely new transmission. Despite only 35000km on vehicle CHEVROLET charged 85% of the full cost to replace the transmission and took 3 weeks to complete the work."

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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