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We recently bought my wife a 2015 Cruze LT w/ Turbo. This is the first time I've delt with a car that has the cartridge style oil filter, I'm used to the canister style. I'm thinking about using an extended life synthetic oil with this car but it seems like there aren't many extended life oil filters out there that are compatible, they all seem to be the canister style. Some of the oils I'm looking at are good for 15,000-25,000 miles. Are the oil filters able to be changed in between oil changes without draining the oil? Any opinions on a good quality compatible oil filter for synthetic oils?

Also I see this model calls for 4.2qts of oil. Anyone have much experience doing oil changes on these models that call for 4.2qts? I know typically there is *some* oil left behind when you drain it. Should I be able to get away with only buying 4qts of oil?
As Robby noted, you can change the oil filter without losing any oil. It's quick and simple. There are no extended life filters for the Gen1 1.4 Turbo.

The only oil rated for those intervals is AMSOIL's Signature Series. I generally recommend people just change the filter at 7500-10000 miles. Note that Mobil 1 EP advertises 15,000 mile drain intervals, but lists a long list of "severe service" caveats that revert you back to OEM drain intervals, and it's not a very good oil for turbo engines.
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