2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2015 Chevrolet Cruze

Customers at Tom Gill Chevrolet often find themselves trying to choose between the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Both sedans are favorites for families with plenty of storage space and a number of different levels of trim for all your accessory needs. Both vehicles also have garnered perfect, five-star safety ratings in both side and front impact tests in government testing. At Tom Gill, we’re happy to give you a close look at each vehicle so you can figure out which one suits your needs.

 Vehicles at a Glance

2015 Chevy Malibu Profile
2015 Chevy Cruze Profile

2015 Chevy Malibu

Trunk offers 16.3 cubic feet of storage space
Available turbocharged engine
Midsize sedan seating five

2015 Chevy Cruze

Optional diesel engine gets 46 mpg on the highway
Starts at $16,995
Compact sedan seating five

How Much Space Do You Need?

2015 Chevy Cruze Passenger Seating

2015 Chevy Cruze Rear Passenger Seats

The front seats of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze are supportive and comfortable with plenty of ability to adjust. The trunk is decidedly above average for this segment, with 15 cubic feet of storage space.

The front seats of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu are well-cushioned with the seats easily adjustable. The trunk provides 16.3 cubic feet of storage space, which is slightly larger than the average for a midsize sedan.

While the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is perfect for those who need a little extra storage space, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze’s upscale cabin will delight drivers and passengers alike.

How Do You Drive?


2015 Chevy Malibu

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze comes equipped with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine, producing 138 hp and 125 lb-feet of torque. This engine is rated at 22 city mpg and 35 highway mpg. The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu’s base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, producing 196 hp and 191 lb-feet of torque. This engine gets 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

On the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, the LT, LTZ, and Eco trim levels come with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 148 lb-feet of torque, and gets 26 city mpg and 38 highway mpg. The Diesel has a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 151 hp and 264 lb-feet of torque. This engine gets 27 city mpg and 46 highway mpg.

On the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, the option offered for the 3LT and 2LZ trim levels is the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It produces 259 hp and 295 lb-feet of torque.

The Chevy Malibu offers more power overall, though the 2015 Cruze is still sporty and offers better fuel economy.

Vehicle Price and Features

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze starts at the basic L level at $16,995, and the LS level starts at $18,750. These levels share a feature set, with 16-inch steel wheels, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with OnStar. The LS level does add satellite radio.  Beyond that the Cruze offers more features like a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and heated seats.

The base level of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is the LS, starting at $23,290. You’ll get standard accessories like keyless entry, OnStar, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. Like the Cruze, the Malibu has more upper level features like leather seating, satellite radio, the touchscreen interface, and heated seats.

While the pricier Malibu does offer more features at the lower levels, the Cruze does add on more features as the levels become more premium. For feature fans, on a budget, the top-level Cruze is certainly worth the price, while for fans of basic luxury, the lower-level Malibu models are a better bet.

2015 Chevy Malibu Front

2015 Chevy Malibu

2015 Chevy Cruze Front

2015 Chevy Cruze

Which Car is Right for You?

The Chevrolet Malibu offers more storage and room for passengers, as well as a more powerful engine. However, the Chevrolet Cruze’s comfortable interior and lower price make it great for families on a budget.

Tom Gill Can Help You Decide

While both the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu are great cars, it can be difficult to choose between them without taking a test drive. Tom Gill has both models in stock, and our sales staff will be happy to help you decide which one is right for you. To set up a test drive appointment, contact our sales staff via online contact form or call us at (888) 998-2319.