2015 Chevrolet Cruze vs. Its Competition

2015 Chevrolet Cruze
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze faces competition in compact four-door sedans that has never been tougher.

The segment leader, the Toyota Corolla, is entirely new this year--and the two-year-old Honda Civic received significant updates just one year after it launched.

The Ford Focus will receive freshened styling and several feature updates for 2015.

The Focus and Volkswagen Jetta are somewhat sportier than the Cruze, which is at its strongest racking up highway miles quietly and comfortably.

The Jetta is the only other compact that offers a diesel option, but the Cruze Diesel is more powerful and likely returns equal or better real-world fuel economy.

And the Hyundai Elantra is a strong competitor, with prices consistently lower than the Cruze--though Chevy dealers will bargain to even the difference.

Finally, the Mazda3 is the sportiest contender, with surefooted handling and roadholding; its new SkyActiv engine returns impressive real-world gas mileage without the need for a turbo.

Only the Dodge Dart, which didn't exist in 2011 when the Cruze launched, has failed to make much of a mark.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze might now be one of the oldest designs in its class, but it remains one of the strongest entries -- especially for those focused on comfort, practicality, and fuel-efficiency.
8.6
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
8.2
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.
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The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
7.6
The 2015 Toyota Corolla maintains its reputation for low running costs and frugality, but there's not a lot more beyond that, to make this a very appealing lineup.
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The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has a nicer interior, more fuel-efficient engines, and should be safer, while retaining its huge interior and trunk, plus the response and roadholding that make it fun to drive.
MSRP From     
$16,170$17,170$17,250$16,945$16,950$16,215
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual L4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)4-Door Manual 2.0L Base
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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