2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Hits 52 MPG in EPA Tests
Manual-Transmission Sedan Features Industry-Best Non-Hybrid Efficiency
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been tested by the EPA, and it’s doing just fine, thanks. With an official highway rating of 52 mpg, the oil-burning Cruze is the most efficient non-hybrid on the market today. In addition to those impressive numbers, a Cruze Diesel with the six-speed manual gets 30 mpg in the city, with a combined rating of 37 mpg. Of note, that’s the largest city/highway mileage jump we’ve ever seen.
The Cruze Diesel is also available with a nine-speed automatic, a gearbox that earns 31 city/47 highway/37 combined mpg, a very impressive result in and of itself. That nine-speed automatic is new to the Cruze, and we expect it to proliferate Chevy’s car and crossover market soon.
Producing 137 hp and 240 lb-ft, the Cruze may be a bit short on power, but it’s long on twist. The 1.6L turbodiesel I-4 under the hood will produce a nice, smooth swell of torque from low RPMs, and it meets stringent Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards, even amid increased diesel scrutiny from regulators.
The Cruze Diesel’s excellent fuel efficiency forebodes good things for the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox that’ll be available with the same powertrain. The outgoing Equinox’s fuel economy is only a bit lower than the current Cruze gasoline sedan’s, so we predict Chevy’s midsize crossover will hit at least 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with the 1.6L diesel four.
The Cruze Diesel sedan will be available within a few weeks, starting at $24,670 with destination. A hatchback version of the compact, torquey economy car will be available later this year as a 2018 model.