Chevy Cruze Diesel Bests Jetta TDI With 46 MPG

Chevy Cruze Diesel Bests Jetta TDI With 46 MPG

Set to launch this year, the diesel powered Chevrolet Cruze will offer better highway mileage than any non-hybrid passenger car in America, with a rating of 46 mpg.

Chevy says that rating will deliver up to 700 miles of range or roughly 10 hours of driving.

The Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine making 148 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with an overboost function that can deliver up to 280 lb-ft for short bursts of power. A 0-60 is estimated at roughly 8.6 seconds.

SEE ALSO: Chevy Cruze Eco Review

Pricing will start at $25,695 including a $810 destination fee with a long list of standard equipment including 18-inch wheels, leather seating, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system as well as a 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and two years of free maintenance.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer of the 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.”

The Cruze diesel will go on sale in select markets this Spring, with nationwide availability (as well as sales in Canada) starting in the fall.

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  • Soyntgo4it

    Nope. Mazda 6 please..

  • Johnssweda

    My neighbor just got rid of a Mazda 6 with a bad rod knock. I’m not a fan of putting diesels in small cars, you pay extra for the motor, extra for diesel fuel, and never recover the added costs.

  • Shawn Merrill

    No, because the getta get 50+ on the highway, its 46 if you are always on it, or an automatic.

  • Daniel Watkins

    With the automatic on the highway it should be in lock-up all the time unless you are on the gas a lot so the only possible disadvantage of an automatic on the highway are gear ratios and rotating mass

  • Souse

    “700 miles on a tank of gas.”

    It’s either fuel or diesel, not gas(oline). And even if it does get better mileage than the Jetta, it’s only for the 70K miles before it eats its piston rings.

  • Daniel Watkins

    Diesels of today are not like Chevy’s old diesels that used modded gas engine blocks. Very clean, peppy, not too loud

  • crashdummy38

    Yes, in the trucks ! The Duramax enginewas a Jappenese design using
    the Bosch injection system which was a weak part in the first series, the LB7s.
    Later versions are handicapped by the silly EPA rules.

  • TDI Meister

    “We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class
    global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief
    engineer of the Cruze Diesel. – you really, really don’t want to go there, GM.

  • Jon Brooks

    This autoplay of advertisements and no way to stop it, is damned annoying. I will not be visiting this site again.

  • Daniel Watkins

    Use Adblock plus.

  • Gda

    Of course, leave it to GM to bring a TurboDiesel to North America WITHOUT a MT option.

  • jay

    I agree, stupidity on GM’s part. You would think that they would want to increase their odds of selling as many of these as possible, and no manual tranny option will turn away quite a few buyers. Apparently GM thinks this percentage is small and it probably is but why not give the option? I’m sure its avalable in other countries, so they already have the stuff to do it.

  • Vencos

    GM dont want to sell a lot of small diesels… They just need to improve CAFE ratings.

    You´d like to spend 5 thousand more for few MPGs? (Dont forget the diesel is more expensive). If todays 300 HP fullsizes and trucks gets 30 MPG, who needs small and overpriced diesel?

    Just like Jetta. You´ll spend only thousand more for Hybrid with 6 mpg+(and 12+ in city), are there any reason for smelly and loud diesel? NO!

  • turned wrench for 42 years

    It will be much better than that VW crap cause it has no timing belt to brake,no cheap plastic thermostat and bypass housings to leak and if you overheat it it wont wruin the valvetrain some some dumb kraut decided to use 0 weight oil.

  • Don

    i own a 2013 Passat TDI it has a higher combined mileage rating than the cruze and is a much larger heavier car and only costs $1400 dollars more and is made in the USA. Sorry Chevy a miss here.

  • Jay

    I own a 2013 jetta tdi. On the highway, I get 50+ without even trying. My calculated average over about 15 tanks is 45MPG with all of my combined driving. Lets just wait and see if this is typical GM rating right at what you can get. Yes the jetta is rated at 42 HWY, but they are ultra conservative.

  • Chris

    I own a Jetta TDI 2012, i do regulary more than 810 miles with my tank of 14 US gallon so its an average of 58mpg with a cruise speed of 73mph, im sure you cant do this with the cruze, will see!

  • bloggin

    For those with very heavy high speed freeway driving a Cruze diesel seems to make sense, if you only look at your mpg gain, and ignore the $3K diesel engine premium, along with the .40 to .50 cent per gallon fuel premium at the pump that’s not going to end.

    For example, the Jetta TDI starts at a $4k premium and offers a 7 city/9 hwy mpg increase or about 8mpg combined. Its going to take many many years to get a payback from just the $4k premium on mpg alone. But then there is the .40 to .50 cent per gallon diesel fuel premium that keeps adding to the deficit every time you fill up.

    That’s about $8 more per fill up than the gasoline version. Even at $3.51(average unleaded price per gallon), the extra $8 buys 2.27 gallons more, or 90.8 hwy miles at 40 mpg of unleaded. Which takes away the mpg benefit of diesel, but diesel owners still have to pay for the engine $4k engine premium. Yikes!

    The US is on the back end of the diesel lifecycle in passenger cars. Diesel sales are actually dropping in Europe in favor of smaller turbocharged gasoline engines, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs. The push for bringing diesels to the US, is because the European market is depressed and manufacturers need to sell the engines somewhere.

    The Germans are very late to the hybrid/electric table, and must push diesels in the US to meet CAFE requirements, since their gasoline engines are not very efficient overall, as they depended too heavily on diesel.

    Taking the Jetta S for example once again, it only gets 24/34mpg and a puny 115hp/125 torque from a rather large 2.5L engine. Compared with the less expensive Focus S that gets 26/36 with a more powerful 160hp/146 torque from a smaller 2.0L engine. Add the 1.0L 125hp EcoBoost and you get 30+/40+ mpg from the Focus. At about the same price as the Jetta S.

    This will be GMs experiment to see if US consumers do the math or not. But either way, it’s always good to have choices.

  • vw 2009 jetta

    well last night i drove from TC to walker and back and i hed about 128 mile on trip when i comebact the total trip red 556.4 miles i stop on gas station to fil it up and i top it up in the neck total 11.1 galon of diesel do the math i thig that is jus about 50 mile a galon and i was driving most of the time 80 MH i’m wery hapy with my jetta TDI

  • Say NO to GM

    I own a 2012 Jetta TDI. It get 45 mpg COMBINED and 51/52 highway, I would NEVER trust a GM automobile w diesel vs a REAL German engineered TDI. Besides, the dash of Chevys look like some kind of 1970s idea of a spacecraft. Very tacky. Oh and nice try at copying VW/Audi seats GM, lol.

  • Say NO to GM

    Oh and nice copy Chevy, of my former car,,,,TWO CARS ago….lol. A 2002 Audi A4.

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