2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel Gets 46 MPG on Highway, Says GM


  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel

    2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel

    General Motors said the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel will deliver an estimated 46 mpg on the highway. | April 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel returns an estimated 46 mpg on the highway, better than GM's original estimate of 42 mpg on the highway.
  • The Cruze Turbodiesel's revised highway number means it beats the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI by 4 mpg.
  • The Cruze Turbodiesel is a critical car for the automaker, since it's GM's first diesel car sold in the U.S. since the 1986 Chevrolet Chevette diesel.

DETROIT — The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel returns an estimated 46 mpg on the highway, better than GM's original estimate of 42 mpg on the highway, the company said on Thursday.

The Cruze Turbodiesel's revised highway number means it beats the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI by four mpg.

GM engineers continued to tweak the Cruze Turbodiesel after its debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in order to boost its fuel economy.

The EPA has not yet released official fuel economy numbers on the Cruze Turbodiesel.

GM has not published a city fuel economy number for the car. It also said the Cruze Turbodiesel has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel. That's about 10 hours of highway driving. In comparison, Volkswagen says the Jetta TDI has a range of about 609 miles on one tank of diesel fuel.

The Cruze Turbodiesel is a critical car for the automaker, since it's GM's first diesel car sold in the U.S. since the 1986 Chevrolet Chevette diesel. The Cruze Turbodiesel will gradually roll out this spring in the U.S., starting in about 13 markets, including California, Oregon, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Boston.

The starting price for the Cruze Clean Turbodiesel is $25,695, including an $810 destination charge. It is $1,910 more expensive than the Jetta TDI. The base 2013 Jetta TDI starts at $23,785, including a $795 destination charge.

This latest development in the Cruze diesel's battle against the Jetta TDI comes at a time when diesel fuel is 43 cents more per gallon than regular gasoline. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel at $3.94 versus $3.51 for regular gasoline.

Edmunds says: Kudos to GM for squeezing every bit of fuel economy out of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbodiesel that was possible.

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