Chevrolet announced the official fuel economy ratings for the diesel version of their best-selling sedan, the Cruze, and they are claiming some big numbers. The car does an EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway, which means on a full tank of gas you can cover a distance of 700 miles between the pumps.
Now you may be thinking that is good, but I bet the performance is catastrophically bad. Not so. With 148 horsepower and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), this 2.0 liter diesel unit – mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – is not at all sporty, but still, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. That is better than most hybrids in this price range.
Speaking of the price, the Cruze diesel starts from $25,695, including an $810 destination charge. It is great value for money, and because of the frugality, it also has low running costs. Standard kit on this car includes Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.
“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”