1. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
It isn’t a performer, and it’s not a very cool car. You won’t be wooing any bikini babes, but none of that matters. That’s because Chevrolet is taking a bold step by offering North American buyers a diesel version of its global best seller – the Cruze compact sedan.
Highway fuel economy is expected to come in at 42 mpg, although those figures have yet to be officially confirmed. Provided things ring in as Chevrolet expects, the diesel version will get the same highway fuel economy as the gas-powered Cruze Eco, but with more range per tank.
With 148 hp and 258 lb-ft, Chevrolet expects drivers to appreciate the extra pull in low rpms. That torque figure can be further bolstered by the car’s overboost function which delivers 280 lb-ft for up to 10 seconds.