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On 5/22/15, we went from a 2012 Cruze to a 2015 Cruze.

The 2012 was a 1.4T Auto and the 2015 is a 2.0TD Auto.

Interestingly enough, both cars have the same color exteriors AND interiors.

Familiarity has its benefits as we don’t have to relearn a new car.

There are some differences I would like to point out.


2012 2LT 1.4T Auto.................................2015 2LT 2.0TD Auto
Engine: 66,000 miles at trade in................82 miles at purchase (Currently 340 miles)
1.4T = 138hp & 148 ft lbs.........................2.0TD = 151hp & 264 ft lbs
Transmission: Automatic 6 speed...............Transmission: Automatic 6 speed
Avg of 27.5 to 29.0 mpg overall.................So far, avg of 41 mpg overall
That’s 45% City & 55% Hwy......................That’s 45% City & 55% Hwy.
Regular Gas is around $2.50 per gal...........Diesel is around $2.70 per gal

Exterior Appearance:
Front End = DRL’s part of Headlights...........New LED DRL’s separate from Headlights
Minor diff’s on grill and bumper..................Smaller Chevy Emblem on Front
Rear End = Exactly same overall................This one has the small spoiler on trunk lid
Tires = 225/50R17...................................215/55R17 (Ride is smoother w/ taller tires)
Continental Tires – Lasted 62k miles...........Goodyears – Don’t expect to see over 40k
5 Spoke Brushed aluminum look.................5 spoke Brushed aluminum look, but diff look

Interior Appearance: Basically identical
Brushed aluminum look around gages..........Polished chrome around gages
Small cubby hole on top of dash.................Speaker now in top of dash
Basic AM/FM CD.......................................MyLink w/ Navigation & CD & Back Up Camera
AC Fan has 4 speeds.................................AC Fan has 6 speeds
Door Lock on dash (NO Trunk Button)..........Door Locks on Doors! Now has Trunk button
Seats are leather and comfortable..............Seats are leather and more cushioned
Heated seats work great...........................Heated seats don’t get as hot as 2012 seats.
Bluetooth only allows talking–No music........Bluetooth allows talk/music. Works better
Remote Start – Starts quickly.....................Remote Start – Hold button 3-5 sec to start
Remote Trunk – Opened quickly..................Remote Trunk – Hold button 2-3 sec to open

Warranties:
36 Months / 36k Miles B2B.........................24 Months / 24k Miles B2B (Incl Tires/Belts/Bulbs)
36 Months / 36k Roadside Assist.................24 Months / 24k Miles Included Service Maintanence
60 Months / 100k Miles Power Train............36 Months / 36k Miles B2B (Doesn't Incl Tires/Belts/Bulbs)
............................................................60 Months / 100k Miles Power Train
............................................................60 Months / 100k Miles Roadside Assistance

While we really liked our 2012 1.4T Cruze, which is why we looked at the 2015, I’ve gotta say that I am very impressed with the 2.0TD.

I did learn the 2.0TD has to be handled differently from start than the 1.4T.

If you floor the 2.0TD from dead stop, it can take a full second or so to respond. But, if you feather the pedal, it responds nearly as quick as the 1.4T and really picks up speed quickly.

With just over 100 extra ft lbs of torque, the 2.0TD makes the Cruze a very different car to drive.

Also, while our 2012 had 66k miles, it was still very tight and rattle free.

The 2015 benefits from improvements over the 2012 as it does sound sturdier than the 2012 when closing the doors, hood and trunk. (I did compare with cars side by side) You can tell the 2015 really benefits from having the Caddy ATS as its cousin.

Interestingly, in the 2015, there is still a loud wind noise coming from the doors just like the 2012.

The transmission feels smoother in the 2015 at new than the 2012 ever did (we bought it new too).

On the same flat stretch of highway, the 2012 showed an avg mpg of about 37-39 mpg while the 2015 showed an avg mpg of about 53-55 mpg. AT 75 MPH!

I also noticed that on one little hill we go up to get to the hwy (while on cruise control) the 1.4T would go all the way down to 2-5 mpg avg. But the 2.0TD only drops to about 15-17 mpg avg. I’m sure the low end torque has a lot to do with that.

Overall, we are very impressed with the 2015 2.0TD and I will go on record as saying that I highly recommend getting the 2.0TD over the 1.4T.

FYI, while the 2.0TD can run $2k – $2.5k more than the 1.4T, I got a great deal using the Memorial Day Sales deal.

The 2.0TD stickered just under $29k. But with the sales deal, we got the car for just under $24k. We didn’t get as much for the 2012 as I would have liked, but since we were not upside down, we still cleared just under $2k in equity, so overall, the car was purchased at just over $21k. Not too shabby in my book.
 

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Congrats. Vin needs a "Diesel" emblem on the back.
 

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Tires = 225/50R17...................................215/55R17 (Ride is smoother w/ taller tires)
Specification Sidewall Radius Diameter Circumference Revs/Mile Difference

225/50-17 4.4in 12.9in 25.9in 81.2in 780 0.0%
215/55-17 4.7in 13.2in 26.3in 82.7in 767 1.8%

0.3 inches made that big of a difference in ride quality ?

What about the handling differences ?
 

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don't forget to factor in the regen fuel for the emissions systems,the fuel tank is in the trunk.
also, after the ecu reflash on all 1.4T from 2011-2013 the car is more responsive and no sluggish behavior even with the a/c on.
 
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