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.

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    But will Americans see past the EPA numbers to the truth? The gas Cruze has an EPA highway rating of about 40 mpg, but you guys never got close to that figure. Diesels are typically better on fuel in the real world, so the 12% price premium for diesel will be more than compensated for by the diesels better mileage. Diesels are the way to go for mileage, but the US does not want to hear it. Over at C&D they tested four versions of Jetta and the diesel mileage beat the hybrid.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    For the most part, I think Americans see diesel as dirty and industrial, which is just a branding/marketing issue. Same thing with wagons it seems, where people think of a 1980's boat versus a vehicle with the cargo capacity of an SUV and road manners of a car. I find myself fantasizing about importing a mid-size luxury diesel wagon (550D, drool) every time I go to Europe, only to remind myself of the monumental cost and trouble. Sigh.

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    It only gets 33mpgs combined, a larger Accord gets 30mpg and it runs on regular which is much cheaper where I live.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @shatner: The gasoline version is 33mpg combined? The diesel that they're talking about is trying (and succeeding it seems) to beat the Jetta TDI which gets 30 city/42 hwy. That's a good difference from the Accord's four cylinder CVT numbers of 27/36. Mor

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @shatner Sorry, but the EPA numbers for diesels are usually way off. Trawl around the Web and you will find very few diesel owners who don't beat the EPA numbers by a large margin. Diesels excel when it comes to part throttle economy, which is the way mos

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    Well my parents have have Mercedes diesels for decades and don't get magical gas numbers that beat the epa. quadricycle NO the Diesel gets 33 mpgs combined! only 27 city, like I said that is only 3mpgs more combined than the Accord. agentorange I doubt many people will drive a Cruze at half throttle, not if they want to keep up with traffic and not get killed merging onto the highway.

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    VW deisel owners probably tend to hypermill much more than most drivers too, since they often buy the Diesel to save gas. Some Prius owners also get much better mpgs than the epa, but most don't if they drive normally. Oh well, the proof will be in the road tests. But for 46 mpg hw rating the Cruze diesel combined rating of 33 is VERY LOW.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    There is some obvious wiggle room in the EPA tests. Edmunds.com has published several "fuel economy showdowns" that can highlight the differences. The last one I remember compared cars rated at ~40mpg highway and found that, while they were close, the diesel oddball they included in the test (a Passat I think) achieved significantly higher than expected mpg. Take that for what you will, but in my mind the EPA tests are skewed in favor of hybrids and turbo GDI motors and skewed against diesels.

  • rockylee rockylee Posts:

    Can't wait!

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